Panic attacks are abrupt surges of intense fear or intense discomfort that usually last from 5 to 20 minutes. Typically, they occur in the context of other mental health conditions, such as anxiety and can happen suddenly for no clear reason.
Panic Attacks Symptoms
Symptoms may include palpitations, accelerated heart rate, sweating, shaking, sensation of shortness of breath, feelings of choking, chest pain, nausea, feeling dizzy or faint among other symptoms.
Panic Attacks Diagnosis
The diagnostic process will usually involve two consultations, one with a mental health care specialist (psychologist or psychiatrist), who will ask you about your symptoms, your thoughts, feelings and behaviour patterns, followed by a series of individualised neuropsychological assessments performed by a neuropsychologist.
A physical examination, laboratory tests and imaging scans are sometimes necessary to rule out other physical problems that could cause your symptoms.
In cases where a diagnosis of a disease has been established, our multidisciplinary team will do everything humanly possible to treat symptoms and prevent them from progressing further, involving as many specialists as required, hence improving the quality of life, the emotional health and the well-being of each individual.
Risk Assessment & Prevention
Risk assessments, prevention strategies and tools are used as it is far more efficient to prevent a disease from developing rather than try to treat it once it has progressed.
However, in cases where a diagnosis of a disease has been established, our multidisciplinary team will ensure to its upmost ability in treating the symptoms and prevent them from progressing further, hence improving the quality of life, the emotional health and the well-being of each individual.
Panic Attacks Treatment
Working with a therapist at Dementech can help you gain an understanding of the root cause of your panic attack as well as learning invaluable coping mechanisms for managing them if and when they come along.
Medications, such as antidepressants can also be useful in helping prevent future panic attacks and lessening the symptoms associated with anxiety.
In the first instance, we believe that the first step is to get a thorough, detailed assessment from one of our clinicians with experience in dealing with anxiety disorders due to the fact that often panic attacks are accompanied with other mental health conditions such as Anxiety Disorders, which can affect which treatment is right for you.
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