• Anxiety, depression or panic attacks can be life threatening or even deadly!!
When you have an anxiety attack, you can experience many symptoms that make you wonder if you are going to die. These symptoms can include uncontrolled and excessive worrying, sudden shortness of breath or palpitations, or even thoughts of suicide. These symptoms not only affect the mind but also your body. In the end, they can cause extreme fear for you — especially if you are experiencing them for the first time. Support in the form of psychological talk therapies offered by the depression and anxiety therapist at Power Counseling PLLC, in Washington DC can help you reduce, overcome and even resolve your problem of anxiety. The good news is that both depression and anxiety are treatable!
During periods of anxiety or panic attacks, you can experience sweating, dizziness, a racing heart, chest pain, or numbness. A typical anxiety attack lasts for about 10 minutes, during which the sufferer experiences extreme thoughts that might lead them to believe they are going crazy, or that they’re dying. The good news is that it doesn’t always lead to death, as distressing as it can be. Some people have even confused a panic attack with a heart attack. They may share similar symptoms but they are not the same!
Watch out for Stress
Stress can lead to panic attack. Although panic attacks seem to come out of nowhere, yet they can be triggered by traumatic life events, lack of sleep, drug abuse, alcohol and caffeine abuse, or by specific chemical and hormonal imbalances, to name a few.
If you suffer panic attack, for the first-time, it’s a good idea to go to the emergency room. It is always a good idea to rule out the possibility that any physical conditions are the leading cause of the anxiety attack. Once you’ve determined that what you have is anxiety attack, a few simple lifestyle changes are needed, such as engaging in regular exercise, getting adequate sleep, and learning the basic skills of mindfulness. Ten minutes of mindfulness practice per day can significantly reduce the severity of, or eliminate panic attacks, altogether.
MINDFULNESS: In its most basic form, mindfulness means focusing your attention, with the goal of diminishing stimulation. To enhance the effect of mindfulness, deepen and slow your exhalation. Inhale the next breath, deeply, so much so that the belly rises and the bottom lobes of your lung expand. Take eight such breath without judgment and analysis.
Eventually, your mind will feel relaxed and begin to wander less. The simple practice of mindfulness and therapy lessons may help you remain calm and at peace. Our depression and anxiety therapist at Power Counseling PLLC in Washington DC will help you understand the underlying causes of an anxiety attack and will teach you strategies to overcome those feelings. It’s important to practice mindfulness in between counseling sessions to get the best results in the end.