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Peachtree Psychological Associates

2045 Peachtree Rd., Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30309

404-352-4348

Anxiety and Panic Attacks

 

Anxiety disorders are on of the most common emotional disorders and affect more than 25 million Americans. Anxiety disorders differ from normal feelings of nervousness. Untreated anxiety disorders can push people into avoiding situations that trigger or worsen their symptoms. People with anxiety disorders are likely to suffer from depression, and they also may abuse alcohol and other drugs in an effort to gain relief from their symptoms. Job performance, school work, and personal relationships can also suffer.

The many forms and symptoms of anxiety include: 

    * Overwhelming feelings of panic and fear

    * Uncontrollable obsessive thoughts

    * Painful, intrusive memories

    * Recurring nightmares

   * Physical symptoms such as feeling sick to your stomach, "butterflies" in your stomach, heart pounding, startling easily, and muscle tension


A common type of Anxiety Disorder is Panic Disorder. The core symptom of panic disorder is the panic attack, an overwhelming combination of physical and psychological distress.  Because symptoms of Panic Disorder are so severe, many people with Panic Disorder believe they are having a heart attack or another life-threatening disorder.

During an attack several of these symptoms occur in combination:

    * Pounding heart or chest pain
    * Sweating, trembling, shaking
    * Shortness of breath, sensation of choking
    * Nausea or abdominal pain
    * Dizziness or lightheadedness
    * Feeling unreal or disconnected
    * Fear of losing control, "going crazy," or dying
    * Numbness
    * Chills or hot flashes
   
Relief from Anxiety

You may believe that being free of anxiety is a wonderful idea that's just too good to be true. Whether you've lived a lifetime feeling anxious and scared or you have developed sudden panic attacks, the thought of being free of that anxiety is like a dream that's dangling in front of you, but always just out of your reach.

Getting relief from your anxiety will take some time and effort on your part. You'll have to do some soul searching and some house cleaning with the negative experiences of your life. Anxiety represents an underlying fear of the future, a feeling of being vulnerable, and out of control, and expecting the future to be like the past.  In order to overcome anxiety, your therapist may work with you to develop a plan to confront feared situations, one step at a time.  With practice your anxiety will lessen and your sense of mastery will increase.  You'll feel empowered and realize that you can choose to make your life what you want it to be.

 
 
 
Atlanta Therapy Peachtree Psychological Associates is a certified Therapy specializing in Anxiety & Panic Attacks, depression, counseling, therapist, rehabilitation and much more in Atlanta, GA. We also do Grief or Bereavement, Stress, Depression, Anxiety & Panic Attacks, Couples Counseling, Child and Family Therapy, Adult Psychotherapy, Social Anxiety Disorder, Anger Management, Addictions, Eating Disorders, Self Esteem - Life Transitions, Domestic Violence, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and all work related in the 30309 area and surrounding areas in Atlanta