Panic Attacks: Symptoms & Treatment

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 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 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.

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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.

During a panic attack, you may fee; overwhelmed and disabled by the physical symptoms listed below. The panic reaches its peak after about 10 minutes and can take up to half an hour to subside. A panic attack can leave you feeling temporarily exhausted and drained.

Having a panic attack doesn’t necessarily mean you have panic disorder. Panic disorder is when you have repeated panic attacks that severely disrupt your life.

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At Dementech Neurosciences, we endeavour to see you on the same day, if possible. You no longer have to wait to be seen by an expert and can be seen alongside your journey with the NHS, With your consent, we can also share the full consultation report with your GP.

Same Day Assessments

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.

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Schedule a free 15-minute initial consultation with a Patient Advisory. This is an opportunity to discuss your condition where the Patient Advisor will suggest the most appropriate route to suits your specific needs.

Video Consultations Available

Dementech Neurosciences is now offering tele consultations to patients who are unable to physically attend our clinic on Wimpole street.

We will be conducting these calls through Skype, FaceTime and WhatsApp call/Video call.

Panic Attacks Symptoms

Panic attack symptoms can occur at any time. They come on rapidly and usually peak within a few minutes.

Symptoms often include:

  • Sweating
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Chest Pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Increased heart rate
  • Nausea or stomach pain
  • Feeling faint, dizzy or lightheaded
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Hot or cold flushes
  • Feeling like you’re choking
  • Fear of dying
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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.

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Panic Attacks Treatment

Talking therapies, such as counselling, psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can all be very effective at helping treat anxiety and panic attacks.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW QUICKLY CAN I BE SEEN?

We endeavour to see you on the same day, if possible.

WHAT DOES THE CONSULTATION ENTAIL?

The consultation will begin with an assessment, followed by a diagnosis. Once you have received your diagnosis, you will be given a management plan. You will also receive a full consultation report.

IF I AM SEEN PRIVATELY, WILL I BE TAKEN OFF THE NHS WAITING LIST?

No. Seeing a doctor at Dementech will not affect your care through the NHS.

DO YOU OFFER VIDEO CALLS?

Dementech Neurosciences is now offering tele consultations to patients who are unable to physically attend our clinic on Wimpole street. We will be conducting these calls through Skype, FaceTime and WhatsApp call/Video call.

DO YOU PROVIDE FINANCE?

At this current time we do not offer finance. Payments will need to be made prior to tests and consultations.

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