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How can counseling help with panic attacks?

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A panic attack is a sudden and intense period of fear or anxiety without an apparent danger. Psychotherapy, also called talk therapy, can work well. A trained mental health professional can help you understand what thoughts, situations, or feelings can trigger at attack and how to manage it. Over time, the triggers will have less power over you. Counseling can make the attacks feel less scary or even make them go away for good. You’ll also learn relaxation techniques like controlled breathing that you can use during an attack.

SOURCES:

American Psychological Association: “Answers to Your Questions about Panic Disorder.”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Panic Disorder & Agoraphobia.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Panic disorder.”

Mayo Clinic: “Panic attacks and panic disorder.”

National Institute of Mental Health (National Institutes of Health): “Anxiety disorders,” “Panic Disorder: When Fear Overwhelms.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on June 26, 2017

SOURCES:

American Psychological Association: “Answers to Your Questions about Panic Disorder.”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Panic Disorder & Agoraphobia.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Panic disorder.”

Mayo Clinic: “Panic attacks and panic disorder.”

National Institute of Mental Health (National Institutes of Health): “Anxiety disorders,” “Panic Disorder: When Fear Overwhelms.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on June 26, 2017

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