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PANIC DISORDER

OVERCOMING PANIC DISORDER

Understanding Panic Attacks & Panic Disorder
Panic Disorder is characterized by recurrent and unexpected panic attacks and persistent fear of having panic attacks and its consequences. Panic attacks are described by sudden spikes of intense anxiety or rapid escalation of existing anxiety, accompanied by both physical sensations (e.g., dizziness, heart palpitations, feelings of depersonalization) and cognitive symptoms (e.g., fear of dying, losing control). Individuals will often alter their behaviors in response to the attacks.
Common Symptoms of Panic Disorder Include:

Sudden rushes of overwhelming panic/fear

Physical symptoms like palpitations, numbness, tingling, dizziness, and others

Using "safety behaviors"

Avoidance of places where panic attacks have occurred

Fear of losing control or dying during panic episodes

Anticipatory anxiety about having another attack

Hypervigilance on any internal feelings or sensations

Effective Treatment for Panic Disorder

While panic attacks are terrifying, they are not physically dangerous. However, living in continual fear of recurring panic attacks takes an emotional toll and often leads to unhealthy avoidance behaviors.

At our practice, we provide professional panic disorder treatment using evidence-based approaches proven to reduce panic symptoms and regain control over your life, including:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) focuses on cultivating psychological flexibility. ACT helps individuals develop a different relationship with difficult thoughts and make room for unpleasant feelings, and learn new ways to interact with them while making values-based choices in life.

Exposure Therapy

Through gradual, systematic exposure to panic triggers and body sensations, you'll learn to ride out panic attacks without avoiding situations.

Mindfulness Practices

Practicing mindfulness can help individuals develop a different relationship with their mind and learn how to observe their thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations without getting caught up in ideas and opinions. Being mindful means observing our inner experience non-judgmentally while staying present with what we have chosen to focus on.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT assists individuals in identifying and challenging beliefs associated with panic attacks. Utilizing tools like a panic record helps individuals monitor their panic episodes. Other interventions such as breathing retraining, relaxation training, and exposure exercises are  implemented in the treatment process.

"I highly recommend Kulliki. As a therapist and a mother, she is empathetic and warm, which helped me connect right away with her and share my story. When we met her, I had unresolved anger and grief at becoming a mother and losing my independence that were impacting my relationship with my husband. Kulliki helped me express these emotions while realizing I was judging myself too harshly and provided me with tools and strategies for the times when I felt falling down in a rabbit's hole of self-judgement. I was able to reconnect with my husband and regained confidence and acceptance as a woman, a mom and a professional."

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