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Right combination of treatment approaches help in effectively managing panic attacks and gaining control over life once again.

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Symptoms of Panic Attack Your Should Know

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms it is important to seek professional help as soon as possible in order to gain the understanding and support needed on your path to recovery.


Feeling an overwhelming sense of fear

Having rapid heart rate

Shallow breathing


Feeling faint or dizzy

Feeling disconnected

Nausea or other stomach discomfort

Chest pain

Tightness and a fear of impending doom

Most people sometimes worry about their health, job, money, or family. People with GAD experience panic & anxiety about these things and more in a persistent, excessive, and intrusive way.

  • Excessive anxiety and worry
  • Increased muscle achiness & worry
  • Fatigue, restlessness & irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping & impaired concentration
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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a panic disorder characterized by obsessions & compulsions that interfere with daily life. Symptoms include:

  • Aggressive opinions about other people or one's self
  • A need to have everything in a particular order
  • Counting things over and over again
  • Excessive washing or cleaning
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Agoraphobia is a panic disorder that involves an intense and irrational fear of being unable to exit a tricky or awkward situation. Symptoms of agoraphobia may include:

  • Afraid of leaving home
  • Scared of open spaces, bridges, or shopping centers
  • Fear of enclosed spaces or buildings
  • Scared of losing control in a public place
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People with a social anxiety disorder (SAD) experience substantial & chronic fear of performance-related or social situations where they might be embarrassed, abandoned, or examined.

  • Chest pain and tightness
  • Dizziness & dry mouth
  • Feelings of detachment from oneself
  • Heart pounding and racing (tachycardia)
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Traumatic events such as near-death experiences may cause people to feel sad, afraid & detached from others. With post-traumatic stress disorder, such adverse effects persist for long periods.

  • Vivid flashbacks & nightmares
  • Intrusive thoughts or images
  • Intense grief at real or symbolic reminders of the trauma
  • Physical sensations such as pain, sweating, nausea, or trembling
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A specific phobia is an extreme & irrational fear of a specified object or situation. People with phobias often desperately avoid the things that scare them, as the confrontation of the things often worsens their condition.

  • Immediate feeling of intense fear when exposed to the source of your fear
  • Feeling powerless to control your thoughts
  • Doing everything possible to avoid the object or situation
  • Difficulty functioning normally because of your fear
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Nurture your mental health with the right approach & treatment. Our therapists help you develop healthier ways of thinking & behavior to cope with your symptoms.

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“Panic attacks are the body’s way of shouting that you are ignoring your mind and feelings,”

- Neo

Panic Disorder Treatment

You have come this far; let's get farther. Our dedicated therapists offer holistic treatment to reach the right balance for each client’s needs.

Cognitive behavior counseling (CBT)

Cognitive-behavioral counseling, or CBT, is a form of psychocounseling used to treat mental health disorders. The underlying notions of CBT are based on the concept that an individual’s thoughts, feelings & perceptions influence their actions & behaviors. With this panic disorder counseling, your counselor aims to develop coping skills by changing negative thinking patterns and unhealthy behaviors.

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Panic-Focused Psychodynamic Psychocounseling

Panic-focused psychodynamic psycho counseling (PFPP) aims to uncover past incidents and emotional disagreements that may have affected the development of an individual's panic and anxiety.

PFPP helps a person identify unconscious conflicts—particularly around anger & resolve these conflicts in less fearful and more constructive ways.

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Exposure counseling

Exposure counseling is a behavioral counseling typically used to assist people with phobias and anxiety disorders. It involves a person facing what they fear, either presumed or in real life, but under the guidance of a trained panic disorder therapist in a safe environment. Over some time, controlled exposure to a trigger by a trusted person in a safe space can lessen anxiety or panic.

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Group counseling

Many people with panic disorder are dealing with emotions of loneliness & isolation. Group counseling provides a sense of belonging, letting people with panic disorder build skills with others who can relate. Not all group members will have similar experiences, but members will be able to comprehend each other's battle with panic disorder symptoms. Through group counseling, people can feel safe & supported as they share their improvement, setbacks, aspirations, and dreams.

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Rational Emotive Behavior counseling

Rational Emotive Behavior counseling (REBT) is an action-oriented strategy focused on supporting people to deal with irrational beliefs and understand how to manage their feelings, ideas, and behaviors in a healthier, more sensible way.

Your panic disorder therapist uses REBT to help you recognize & adjust those thoughts and negative thinking patterns to overcome psychological concerns and mental distress.

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Regain your confidence, and take back control of your life. Our panic disorder treatment can help you manage your symptoms and feel best.

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The first step in healing is acknowledging the problem & asking for help. Our therapists aim to create an inclusive space for you to talk and find the right support system.

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Get a tailored treatment plan for panic disorder to relieve symptoms & rejuvenate your mental health. We match you with the right panic disorder counselor to give you the attention and care you need.

Online Counseling

Delve into virtual counseling for your panic disorder from the comfort of your home. Our Online therapists can help you better understand panic episodes, how to cope with them, and ultimately, validate your experience.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Lifebulb has several locations for in-person counseling for panic attacks and is adding more regularly. We also provide telehealth or online therapy session services for those who may live distant from our offices. You can reach out to Lifebulb using our 24x7 active helpline, or you can search for us online; simply use ‘panic attack treatment near me,’ ‘panic attack counseling near me,’ ‘panic disorder treatment centers,’ ‘panic attack treatment centers,’ ‘treatment centers for panic disorder,’ or ‘panic disorder treatment centers near me.’

A professional counselor is a master- or PhD-level mental health professional approved by a state licensure board to diagnose and treat mental health disorders. The exact name of a professional counselor's license can vary by state, but some of the most common are: Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

Although panic attack medication is not always necessary, panic disorder can subside for some individuals without panic disorder medication, especially if they receive appropriate psychological treatment or make significant lifestyle changes. However, the course of panic disorder is unpredictable, making it crucial to seek professional guidance from a Counselor for panic attacks to determine the best course of action for your particular situation.

Therapy approaches or counseling for panic attacks, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, and stress-management techniques, can be helpful in managing panic disorder.

Additionally, making lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise, adequate sleep, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, and practicing meditation or yoga, can help alleviate symptoms. In severe cases, medication may be necessary or the effective use of the best medication for panic attacks and anxiety, it is vital to seek professional guidance to determine the best course of action.

It is possible to break a panic attack cycle with the right approach and tools. Here are some helpful strategies:

  • Identify the early signs of a panic attack
  • Use relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, or progressive muscle relaxation
  • Challenge negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol, as they can trigger panic attacks
  • Regular exercise can reduce stress and improve your mood
  • Seek professional help or panic attack counseling if you continue to experience panic attacks

There are three categories of panic attacks:

  • Unexpected panic attacks: These attacks happen suddenly and without any apparent trigger or warning. They can occur at any time, including during sleep, and can be incredibly distressing.
  • Situational panic attacks: These attacks are provoked by particular situations or circumstances, such as public speaking, driving, or being in a crowded place. They are predictable and can be avoided if the person avoids the triggering situation.
  • Situationally predisposed panic attacks: These attacks are comparable to situational panic attacks but are less predictable. They occur in response to a triggering situation but can also happen at other times when the person is not in the triggering situation.

Counseling for panic attacks can be an effective way to treat panic attacks, as they are often rooted in underlying psychological issues. Counseling can identify and address these issues through various approaches like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. Additionally, panic disorder counseling can equip individuals with coping skills and relaxation techniques to manage and prevent future panic attacks.

To provide counseling for someone with panic attacks, the typical steps involved are:

  • Assess the client's symptoms and history
  • Educate the client about panic attacks
  • Develop a treatment plan
  • Implement the treatment plan
  • Evaluate progress regularly

There are different approaches that counselors may use to handle panic attacks, depending on their training and the individual's needs. Here are some common strategies:

  • Assessing the symptoms and severity of the panic attacks
  • Teaching relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation
  • Using cognitive-behavioral therapy to address negative thought patterns and behaviors associated with panic attacks
  • Using exposure therapy to help the person confront their fears and triggers
  • Suggesting lifestyle changes such as exercise and stress management techniques
  • Recommend medication (if necessary)

If you are experiencing an emergency right now, please call 911 right away.

While Lifebulb is not a crisis center and Lifebulb therapists and counselors are not emergency services, we understand that urgent matters can and will pop up from time to time. You will have direct email and phone access to your therapist, who will make their best effort to be available to you when you reach out. Depending on your specific panic disorder treatment plan, your therapist may provide you with resources to use or contact when situations occur beyond the scope of your online panic attack treatment or offline anxiety and panic attacks treatment work together.

We accept major commercial insurance plans and offer low self-pay rates, which may vary slightly by geography and therapist licensure.


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