Panic Attacks

Many of us feel times of panic and anxiety; they are normal human feelings when in a threatening or difficult situation. However, if this panic anxiety remains at a high level it can become so severe it is difficult to deal with everyday life, you may feel out of control or experience a panic attack.

A panic attack is an exaggeration of the normal response to fear, stress or excitement. It is the rapid build-up of overwhelming sensations, such as a pounding heartbeat, feeling faint, sweating, nausea, chest pains, breathing discomfort, feelings of losing control, shaky limbs and legs turning to jelly.

You may fear that you are going to black out, have a heart attack or convinced you are going to die – making this a terrifying experience. If you experience these symptoms and feelings it is time to ask for treatment.

Our treatment approach for panic attacks

Our approach to treating panic attacks combines individualised programmes with treatments based on current clinical evidence. There are two types of treatment for panic attacks: talking therapies and medication. Psychotherapy or counselling can help you understand, come to terms with and find strategies to overcome your panic attacks, CBT can help you learn more positive emotional and behavioural responses to situations and feelings and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy can make you more aware and mindful of what you’re experiencing.

Medication can also be effective for panic attacks. It may help you to feel less anxious and cope better so that you can start to enjoy life and deal with problems effectively again.

Treatment for panic attacks tailored to you

Treatment for panic attacks here at Nightingale Hospital London can be as an outpatient, day patient or inpatient. We have the expertise to approach the support and treatment we offer you for your panic attacks in a personal and flexible way to benefit you the most in your recovery.

Through therapy and alternative approaches such as meditation, relaxation, sleep therapy and physical therapies we aim to give you knowledge and coping skills for living without panic attacks.

Panic Attack Specialists

Nightingale Hospital London has a number of Consultant Psychiatrists and Therapists that can help you through your panic attacks. It is vital you find a panic attack specialist that you can trust and work with on your recovery. If you cannot find the information you need on panic attack specialists and panic attack treatment programmes we would welcome your call so you feel secure in the decisions you make.

Please contact us confidentially on 020 7535 7700 24 hours a day.