Panic Attacks

panic attackPanic attacks are characterised by individuals experiencing sudden and unexpected episodes of intense anxiety, whilst also experiencing a series of unpleasant physical symptoms. These physical symptoms can be so debilitating that some first-time sufferers believe that they are experiencing a heart attack or a nervous breakdown. If they are left untreated, panic attacks become more frequent and the fear of having a panic attack increases, thus resulting in the development of a ‘vicious circle’.

A panic attack is a state of intense fear or discomfort emerging suddenly, often without warning, and for no apparent reason from either a calm or anxious state. During panic attacks various other psychological as well as physical symptoms may occur. These powerful and upsetting symptoms will scare the person into experiencing variety irrational thoughts, such as: “I`m dying”/ “I`m going crazy”/” I`m about to faint or lose control”/” I have to escape from here”, etc.

Symptoms of Panic Attacks

  • Accelerated heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering
  • Feelings of choking
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Nausea or abdominal distress
  • Fluctuating body temperature
  • Changes in appetite
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Feelings of unreality
  • Fear of “going crazy”
  • Feeling faint and dizzy
  • Chest pains
  • Hyperventilating
  • Muscle spasms and palpitations
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Fear of dying
  • Numbness and tingling


Our specialist psychiatrists and psychologists at Psychiatry and Therapy of New York City possess a wealth of experience in delivering tried and tested treatment for panic attacks. We understand that each individual experiences panic attacks differently which is why we are committed to developing truly bespoke treatment plans as a means of tackling the underlying causes and triggers of your unique condition, engendering the best possible outcomes for you as an individual.

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