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If you've ever had a panic attack, you know how scary it can be. The sudden onset of intense fear or anxiety can be overwhelming, and it can cause physical symptoms like heart palpitations, sweating, and difficulty breathing.
But there is hope for those who suffer from panic attacks, and one treatment option is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Originally developed to help people who have experienced trauma, EMDR has also been found to be effective in treating anxiety disorders, including panic attacks.
During an EMDR session, the therapist will guide you through a series of eye movements or other types of bilateral stimulation while having you focus on a specific traumatic memory or event. The goal of EMDR is to reprocess the traumatic memory and reduce its impact on your emotional state.
In the case of panic attacks, EMDR can be used to target the underlying beliefs and fears that are contributing to the panic attacks. For example, if you experience panic attacks, you may have an underlying belief that you are not in control or that something terrible is going to happen. Through EMDR, your therapist can help you identify and challenge these beliefs, which can lead to a reduction in panic attack symptoms.
It's important to remember that EMDR is not a quick fix or a cure-all for panic attacks. It takes time and effort, and you'll need to be an active participant in your therapy. However, many people have found significant relief from panic attack symptoms through EMDR.
If you're experiencing panic attacks, it's important to seek help from a mental health professional. In addition to EMDR, there are other types of therapy and medication that can be effective in treating panic attacks. A licensed therapist or psychiatrist can work with you to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs.
There are also lifestyle changes that can help manage panic attack symptoms. Regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, and getting enough sleep are all important in managing symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks. Engaging in relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga can also be helpful.
Remember, panic attacks are a treatable condition, and you are not alone. If you are experiencing symptoms of panic attacks, reach out for help and know that with the right treatment, you can begin to feel better and regain control over your life.
This article was written by Mindworks Mental Health, a mental health clinic licensed to see clients in the State of Utah. If you are interested in starting therapy, please fill out the Request an Appointment form on their website.
In addition to therapeutic treatment, the clinic has published several books and workbooks. Click here to read more about them!
About the Author
Cami is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, specializing in helping adult clients heal from past trauma. With experience in treating depression, anxiety, grief, and childhood trauma, Cami provides compassionate care using a variety of therapeutic approaches including EMDR, CBT, and Sand Tray Therapy.
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Camilla Olsen, CMHC has published a variety of mental health workbooks, coloring books, and sketchbooks. Click here to explore the collection.