Anna Jetton, PsyD, CCTP, CIMHP
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Woodland Park, CO
Panic is the most extreme form of anxiety. It is a physiological fear response that takes over your body and your brain, and there is often nothing to explain what triggered it. It can create terror and confusion for the person experiencing it. It can also cause someone to behave in what may seem like an irrational way, but from the brain’s perspective they are doing what they need to survive in the face of a perceived threat.
Panic attacks typically start without warning and are usually unpredictable, even though the anxiety has been present for some time. They are often short-lived and can occur anywhere from once in a lifetime to as frequently as several times a week. They are relatively common too. It is estimated that has many as 30% of people have had at least one panic attack in their lifetime.
Signs of a panic attack can include:
Shortness of breath
Racing heart and at times chest pains
Numbness in the extremities
Belief you are losing a sense of reality
If you are struggling with panic symptoms and find they are interfering with your life, you don’t have to suffer alone. I invite you to contact me today to learn more about getting the help you need.