panic

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker

I get bad panic attacks how can I get rid of them

A: Thank you for writing. I know how frightening panic attacks can be. At the time they happen, it really feels like a heart attack. Once scared like that, people often can become so anxious about having another one they can actually end up making another one happen. How unfair is that??

Fortunately, there is a way out of the cycle. Cognitive Behavioral therapy can reduce or eliminate panic attacks for most people. Take a look at David Burns’s book, “Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy.” You may be able to learn how to manage this on your own. If not, consider finding a therapist to coach you and encourage you through the steps.

I wish you well.
Dr. Marie

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Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 9 Aug 2011

APA Reference
Hartwell-Walker, D. (2011). panic. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 30, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2011/08/09/panic/