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Panic Attack

Queens Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Psychology, PLLC

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy located in Kew Gardens Hills, Flushing, NY

Around 14 million Americans suffer from panic disorder and have experienced a panic attack during the last year. Panic attacks are unexpected but all-consuming. Even when you are not in the middle of an attack, you may be constantly worrying about when the next one will happen. Benjamin Grysman, PhD, and his providers at Queens Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Psychology, PLLC, has treated countless patients’ panic disorder in Kew Gardens Hills in Flushing, New York, and can help you get your panic attacks under control. Call the office or use the online booking tool to make your appointment today.

Panic Attack Q & A

What is a panic attack?

Panic attacks are periods of intense worry that happen unexpectedly and are a fear-based response to a situation that is not life-threatening. Along with extreme anxiety, these attacks are accompanied by physical symptoms like:

  • Heart palpitations or pounding
  • Sweating
  • Uncontrollable shaking
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Intense terror
  • Nausea
  • Tingling extremities
  • Feeling out of control
  • Fear of dying

Panic attacks only last for a few minutes but the symptoms can be so severe that many people think they are having a heart attack. They also leave you exhausted and are disruptive to your day. 

Over time, you may develop a constant fear of having another panic attack. This fear may lead you to avoid certain situations that you think could provoke an attack. It also causes other complications, like depression or substance abuse, and affects the overall quality of your life. 

How do you treat panic disorder?

Queens Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Psychology, PLLC, understands that each individual is different and creates treatment plans based on your specific symptoms and their underlying cause.

The practice specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) including Interoceptive Exposure to address the underlying cause of your panic disorder. CBT is an evidence-based treatment that helps you change the way you think so you can stop your panic attacks. 

During therapy, you learn to identify negative thoughts that contribute to your feelings of anxiety and worry. Once you recognize these negative thought patterns, CBT teaches you strategies to replace these thoughts with healthier ones. 

Over time and with practice, your healthy thought and behavior patterns allow you to develop better coping strategies and make better choices when it comes to your emotional health.

To learn more about how CBT can help your panic disorder, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to make an appointment today.