Panic Attacks Treatment

Counselling & psychotherapy

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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.

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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Iana Trichkova

Iana is a professionally qualified counsellor and psychotherapist who practices an integration of several theoretical approaches: Person Centred, Humanistic, Phenomenological, Existential, Psychodynamic /Psychoanalytic, Postmodern.

Silvia Gerea

Silvia Gerea is a Consultant Psychotherapist and Psychologist.

Dr Soumit Singhai
Geriatric and general internal medicine

Dr Singhai has been a Consultant Physician/Geriatrician since 2009, initially at the Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust in London and then from 2016 he has been at the Lister Hospital in Hertfordshire.

Mr. Stelios Kiosses
Lead Psychological Services

Stelios Kiosses is a consultant psychotherapist who studied psychodynamic counselling and clinical Supervision at the University of Oxford and has also previously trained in psychotherapy and experimental psychology.

Dr. Areti Pavlidou
Lead Psychiatric Services

Dr Areti Pavlidou is a Consultant Psychiatrist specialising in Adult and Liaison Psychiatry. She works in the NHS as the Lead Consultant for inpatient and community mental health services. Dr Pavlidou trained in Maudsley hospital and completed her higher specialist training in Adult Psychiatry and Liaison Psychiatry in East London Foundation Trust and Saint Bartholomew's Hospital.

Dr. K. Diamantopoulos
Lead Psychiatrist

Dr Konstantinos Diamantopoulos is a Consultant Psychiatrist. His clinical interests are in the field of mood and anxiety disorders and he has a passion for investigating new emerging approaches for these conditions.