You know it’s such a horrible feeling that you can’t control: your heart pounds so fast you can hear it beating, you can’t quite catch your breath, feel faint, light headed and nauseous. Every time it happens you’re convinced you’re going crazy or worse you’re having a heart attack.
If the above sounds familiar, you are likely to be experiencing a Panic Disorder.
What is Panic Disorder?
Approximately 5 per cent of Australians will experience panic disorders in their life time1 and about 40 per cent of Australians will have a panic attack in their life time2.
Panic Disorder occurs when you experience recurring unexpected panic attacks. Panic attacks are sudden periods of intense fear accompanied by things such as increased heart rate, sweating, numbness, shortness of breath, shaking and/or a feeling that something terrible will happen.
If you don’t do anything about your Panic Disorder, it can start ruling your life. You are likely to begin to avoid specific places where the panic attacks happened for fear of having another panic attack, and start avoiding more and more places and people.
How can we help you?
At Vida Psychology we understand Panic Disorders and how you feel. We have over 17 years of experience helping Australians with their panic disorder. We take the time to listen how your life is impacted by Panic. This enables us to gain a deeper understanding of the origins of your Panic Attacks, triggers, patterns and barriers keeping you stuck and making them worse. This then assists us in developing a tailored treatment plan especially written for you.
Reference: Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2008). National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007. Cat. no. (4326.0). Canberra: ABS.