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Panic Attack

Counseling in

Palm Harbor

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Dr. Kevin Hyde, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist, Owner of Pinellas Anxiety Specialists, Father, Baseball Fan

Become a Confident Person - Free yourself from Panic Attacks

It's terrifying when the panic attack hits.

Your heart races a mile a minute. Your feel the pressure on your chest.  The sweat hits and you feel clammy. You are sure that you're having a heart attack. It almost feels like you're going crazy.

You hope nobody notices when your face turns red and your hands begin to shake.

It takes everything in your power to hide the anxiety from your family and friends.

It's your shameful secret.

You might even be too afraid to leave your house because you're worried a panic attack might hit.

If that sounds like you right now, you're in the right place!

I want to help you change the way the thoughts and feelings that cause panic attacks affect you, and allow you to return to feeling comfortable again.

Using tried and true treatment methods, the hope is for you to:

  • Have a plan for when you begin to feel panicky
  • Reduce how often you have panic attacks
  • Make the attacks that do happen not feel so scary
  • Feel like you can go out into public without having a panic attack
  • Live a normal life where panic attacks aren't on your mind all the time
  • Feel comfortable in your own skin again

Schedule a Free Consultation Call

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I'll e-mail you within the next 24 hours to find a day and time that works for our schedules.

Our call should last 15-20 minutes, and we will typically be able to schedule an initial appointment within a week's time.

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What is a Panic Attack?

Panic attacks are sudden, often unpredictable, intensify rapidly, and typically last 15-20 minutes (though it may feel like forever!).

These attacks become a concern when they begin to happen regularly, and influence your behavior (e.g., worry about when the next panic attack will happen, avoiding certain situations for fear of a panic attack).

The important thing to know is that panic attacks are not actually physically harmful. Most people are surprised by this, but it's true. It's a natural reaction and it will pass.

Of course that's little consolation in the moment, which is where I come in.

With my expertise in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), I can help you learn how to handle those scary times when panic hits.

Panic Attack Symptoms

The diagnosis of panic disorder requires at least four symptoms from the following list, as well as the change in your behavior listed above lasting more than a month:

  • Pounding heart, or increased heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling of choking
  • Nausea or abdominal distress
  • Numbness or tingling sensations
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Feeling dizzy, lightheaded, or that you might faint
  • Feelings of unreality or being outside one's body
  • Fear of dying
  • Fear of losing control or going crazy
  • Chills or hot flashes

Treatment for Panic Attacks

We'll first explore any patterns behind the triggers for your anxiety attacks. If we can identify a specific cause, then we'll target it specifically.

Often times though, there is no one cause and the problem is the panic hits at random, unpredictable moments. The fear of the fear can become overwhelming.

We'll go over the cycle of panic that leads to small triggers causing a huge response in your body. You'll learn to recognize as early as possible when your body is starting to react. Once you can notice, you have a choice of response instead of continuing the cycle.

You'll learn how to calm your mind and body, and how to implement the strategies while you're feeling overwhelmed and uncomfortable.

It may sound impossible, but we'll practice in session so you're prepared for once you're out in the real world. We'll push you outside your comfort zone so that eventually there will be very few things outside your comfort zone.

Our goal is to have your life return to the way it was before you started having panic attacks.