Finding the Right Therapy for Panic Attacks

Understanding Panic Attacks

Understanding panic attacks is critical for finding the right therapy. Panic attacks are intense episodes of fear and anxiety that can manifest in various ways, including rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, trembling, and a sense of impending doom.

Common Triggers for Panic Attacks May Include:

  • Stress
  • Phobias
  • Big Life Changes
  • Biological Factors

The impact of panic attacks on daily life can be debilitating, leading to avoidance behaviors, social withdrawal, and significant disruptions in work, relationships, and overall well-being. Learn more about common anxiety and panic disorders from one of Lindner Center of HOPE’s outpatient therapists.

Types of Therapies Available

There are many therapy methods used to treat panic attacks and anxiety disorders. Two of the most common are Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Exposure Therapy.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or Talk Therapy
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), also known as Talk Therapy, is a progressive therapy that helps identify and challenge a patient’s negative thought patterns and encourages behaviors and coping strategies designed to counteract anxiety symptoms.

By equipping individuals with practical skills and tools to reframe their thinking and respond adaptively to triggers, CBT empowers them to regain control over their panic symptoms. Learn more about CBT and various types of anxiety therapy.

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy
Exposure Therapy, a prominent therapeutic approach for panic attacks, operates on the principle of confronting feared situations or stimuli gradually and systematically to reduce anxiety and fear responses. It involves exposing individuals to triggering stimuli in a controlled environment, allowing them to confront and habituate to their fears over time.

By repeatedly exposing individuals to anxiety-provoking situations without the occurrence of a panic attack, exposure therapy helps to diminish the exaggerated fear response associated with panic attacks. This therapy fosters a sense of empowerment and resilience, enabling individuals to confront their fears head-on.

Depending on the severity of symptoms, the setting for therapy will be determined by your care team. Outpatient, inpatient and residential therapies and programs are available to treat individual cases accordingly. Learn more about Lindner Center of HOPE’s anxiety treatment program

Factors to Consider When Choosing Therapy

When it comes to finding the right therapy for panic attacks, several factors should be considered:

  • Personal preferences and comfort levels play a pivotal role in selecting an appropriate therapeutic approach. Whether it’s individual anxiety counseling, group therapy, or online sessions, finding a format that resonates with your personality and preferences can enhance the therapeutic experience.
  • Severity and frequency of panic attacks play a part. While some individuals may require intensive therapy, others might find relief through less intensive interventions.
  • Accessibility and cost are crucial factors to consider. Not all therapy options may be readily available or affordable. You should check with your insurance provider to see what type of panic attack treatment is covered.
  • Consult with mental health professionals who specialize in anxiety disorders. Doing so can offer insights into tailored treatment plans that align with individual needs and goals. If you aren’t familiar with the therapies listed above, that’s okay. Working with a mental health professional will get you on the right track toward finding the best therapy to alleviate your panic attack symptoms effectively.

Tips for Getting Started

  • First, research therapy options near you or virtually. 
  • Second, find qualified anxiety therapists or mental health professionals who specialize in treating panic attacks. Seeking referrals from trusted sources, such as friends, family, or healthcare providers, can facilitate this process.
  • Third, prepare for the first therapy session by jotting down any questions or concerns and setting realistic expectations. This can help individuals feel more comfortable and engaged in the therapeutic process.
  • Fourth, manage expectations and stay committed to the journey. Progress may not always be linear, but remaining dedicated to the process and trusting in the expertise of the anxiety therapist can lead to meaningful strides toward managing panic attacks and achieving greater emotional well-being.

By following these tips, individuals can take proactive steps toward finding the right therapy and embarking on a path to recovery.

Anxiety and Panic Attack Treatment at Lindner Center of HOPE

Lindner Center of HOPE’s proven approach to anxiety disorder treatment reflects the latest professional advancements, protocols, and proven techniques for treating anxiety, including a powerful combination of CBT and medication therapy. Individualized therapy and education for both patient and family can help patients manage anxiety and lead productive, rewarding lives.

Anxiety treatment programs at Lindner Center of HOPE offer comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, and residential treatment programs. Personalized to the needs of each individual, these programs teach patients effective solutions for overcoming anxiety. Learn more about Lindner Center of HOPE’s Residential Anxiety Treatment.

Obsessive compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder that can manifest itself in many ways, OCD can induce panic attacks. However, OCD is treatable through a combination of psychotherapy (through behavior modification) and medication. Read, OCD Comes In Many Forms to learn more.

Choosing to take care of your mental health is just as important as your physical health, and finding providers that use evidence-based practices will provide you with the best outcomes possible.

For an assessment and consultation with a licensed therapist at Lindner Center of HOPE, please call 513-536-HOPE (4673) or visit us online.