Panic attacks are a psychological and physiological “bomb” that are intense, very distressing and highly uncomfortable. Once you’ve had a panic attack, you’ll never forget it and you likely won’t be wondering if your symptoms “qualify.” You’ll know they do. While some people report having panic attacks lasting one or more days, a panic attack’s acute phase typically lasts about 20 minutes.
You may have experienced the following symptoms, which vary from person to person:
Panic attacks can occur after particular “triggers” in one’s environment, or seemingly out of the blue. They tend to be experienced more often during times of stress. Some sufferers experience panic attacks along with agoraphobia, or a fear of having a panic attack in a public space where the person has little control and where escape is difficult. A common response is to avoid such settings entirely out of fear of having another panic attack. Sufferers may coordinate entire lives around avoiding panic attacks, and in extreme circumstances, the individual will not leave their home at all. Obviously, this has devastating effects on the person’s relationships, work life and recreation. Call or email me to get started.
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Canada-wide, 24/7 professional phone counselling and other support options.
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From the people at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA).
National organization promoting mental health for all.
604-675-3700 – Joseph and Rosalie Segal Centre, Vancouver Hospital, Level 1, East Entrance
7 days a week: 7:30am-11pm. Phone, walk-in and outreach support for urgent, non life-threatening mental health and addictions issues. Serves residents of Vancouver.
National organization providing information and extensive online resources for managing anxiety.