Find Therapy for Anxiety in Portland, OR

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A panic attack-much like social anxiety, separation anxiety, and generalized anxiety-is an anxiety issue which affects men, women, and children all across the United States. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), more than 6 million adults in the country experience panic attacks or anxiety attacks due to panic disorder each year. Reports indicate that women are twice as likely as men to be affected by this mental health condition.

Therapists in Portland may diagnose panic disorder in individuals who have abrupt, spontaneous panic attacks, and who are extremely fearful of their panic attacks becoming recurrent. Some people experiencing frequent panic attacks may even experience them while they sleep. These attacks are known as nocturnal panic attacks

As with social anxiety or generalized anxiety, there are certain signs of anxiety which characterize panic attacks. The ADAA defines a panic attack as a sudden feeling of intense apprehension and reaches its maximum intensity within minutes. For a particular experience to be considered a panic attack, at least four of the following anxiety symptoms must be present:

  • Heart palpitations
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness
  • Profuse sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sharp chest pain
  • Feeling excessively hot or cold
  • Trembling
  • Feeling numb
  • An intense fear of losing control
  • Detachment from oneself
  • Sensations of choking
  • Fear of death

People who experience these anxiety symptoms on a regular basis may consider trying to find a therapist in Portland. Psychologists and psychiatrists in Portland are trained in various forms of psychotherapy that can be effective for reducing anxiety attacks and increasing relief. Cognitive behavioral therapy, for example, is useful for correcting any distorted and unrealistic thinking patterns which may contribute to anxious feelings. People who seek treatment from a therapist in Portland may also learn coping skills that can promote more productive behaviors during stressful situations.

References:

  1. Anxiety and Depression Association of America. (n.d.). Facts. Retrieved from http://www.adaa.org/finding-help/helping-others/college-students/facts
  2. Anxiety and Depression Association of America. (n.d.). Panic disorder & agoraphobia. Retrieved from http://www.adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/panic-disorder-agoraphobia