If there are particular situations that make you feel so scared that your heart is beating very fast, you experience shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, feeling hot or cold, trembling, or tingling in your arms and legs, you may be struggling with panic attacks or panic disorder.
You may get so anxious that you think you will die. Or perhaps you get unpredictable panic attacks and you worry that you might be going crazy or losing control completely. If you’re experiencing this, know that you’re not alone and help is here.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been proven effective in the treatment of Panic Disorder.
There are a variety of different types of therapy that New York Behavioral Health therapists specialize in:
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is the approach our NYC therapists seek to reduce the intensity and frequency of a client’s emotional pain, suffering, and self-defeating behaviors. CBT can help clients to cultivate skills leading to goal achievement and life satisfaction by assessing and treating:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is what’s considered a “third-wave” type of therapy developed after CBT. ACT can help you learn how to drop the struggle with any negative thoughts you have, rather than trying to push them away or defeat them. By building distance between yourself and your thoughts
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is a form of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). It has been applied to various mental disorders, e.g., anxiety, anger, depression, personality disorders, eating disorders, etc. REBT was created by Dr. Albert Ellis. Al Ellis was originally trained as a psychoanalyst and began practicing psychoanalysis in New York City. After working with his patients for some time, he became dissatisfied with the lack of progress they were making. At this point he decided to return to his long-term passion, philosophy, to see if the wisdom there could benefit clients.
He developed the ABC model of emotional disturbance largely based on the work of philosophers who emphasized the role of beliefs and thinking in influencing emotional states. The REBT ABC model is an acronym that stands for Activating Events, Beliefs, and Consequences. Consequences include both emotional consequences and behavioral consequences. REBT therefore conceptualizes emotional disturbances like anxiety, as a result of the combination of an activating event and one’s beliefs about the activating event, the self, life and the future.
People who experience panic attacks are often afraid of getting another panic attack, so they start avoiding places or situations where they think they might get one. This is called agoraphobia.
Panic attacks are often related to enclosed spaces such as elevators, crowds, transportation (bus, subway, airplane), bridges, heights, etc. Panic attacks can also induce a sense of out of body experience, fear of having a serious medical condition and fear of dying. Even though panic attacks are incredibly difficult to experience, they are also one of the most treatable psychological disorders.
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