Your Guide to Surviving Depression and Anxiety Attack

• 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!

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ANXIETY ATTACK?

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.

How Does Your Therapist Help You Heal from Anxiety?

Everyone will have anxiety at some point in his or her life. However, when anxiety becomes pervasive or overwhelming, it may become difficult to cope with everyday stressors. Support in the form of psychological talk therapies offered by the depression and anxiety therapist at Power Counseling PLLC, in Washington DC, will help you to reduce your symptoms of anxiety.

Depression and Anxiety therapist in Washington DC

But, how can therapy (the very thought of which might leave you feeling even more anxious) make your anxiety any better? It can help in the following ways:

• You Can Finally Admit the Full Extent of Your Anxiety – The illogical nature of anxiety can leave people feeling ashamed, often. People feel ashamed of what they are going through, meaning they can hide their suffering from friends and family – and even from themselves. Therapy creates the opportunity for you to speak out loud about the true extent of all that you’ve been suffering. This can give you huge relief and healing.

• You Can Be Fully Understood – A therapist neither makes their client feel silly nor judge them for being anxious. On the contrary, they will take your anxiety very seriously. They know, from their training and in talking to others, what you are talking about. Everything you will share with them will not leave them surprised as they would have already dealt with many similar cases before.

• You Get Clarity On Why You Suffer Anxiety – Often, if you suffer from anxiety, you start feeling disconnected from what’s really going on around you. It often becomes impossible for you to see and think about how it all began. A therapist is trained and skilled at helping you understand just how you might have developed anxiety as a coping mechanism.

• You Gain Fresh Insights Into Your Triggers – Anxiety can be connected to certain triggers, especially when it comes to anxiety disorders, such as social anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). A therapist can help you be clear on what those triggers are. You might find that you can catch and circumvent your anxiety faster than you realize if you learn to pay attention to things, such as the subtle bodily sensations that come before an anxiety attack.

• You Might Find New & Effective Ways Of Handling Your Anxiety – Anxiety is an awful, uncomfortable feeling for most people. So, when anxiety hits, we develop ways of trying to not feel it, which might provide short-term relief. Of course, these exact ways of coping might be prolonging your anxiety, not helping it! Depression and anxiety therapist in Washington DC helps you find other ways of managing your anxieties that are more adaptive and healthy and lead to you feeling better about yourself and your life.

• You Learn Techniques To Bring Instant Relief When Anxiety Hits – Therapists are trained at teaching a range of techniques that help you deal successfully with anxiety. These can include things like: body relaxation techniques, breathing techniques, visualization techniques and mindfulness. Cognitive behavioral therapy, the most common sort of therapy offered for anxiety, can also teach you ways to challenge your thoughts and test your behavior.

It is always recommended that you seek help for your anxiety. It’s important that you do not brush off your anxiety as no big deal. Left untreated, persistent anxiety is a leading cause of serious depression, as well as a contributor to addictions like alcoholism and drug use. Yes, we all get anxious when life is challenging. But ongoing feelings of anxiousness can be dealt with. All you need to do is visit the reliable and professional depression and anxiety therapist at Power Counseling PLLC, in Washington DC.