Panic attacks: what, why and how long?

Written by: Julia Vidal Fernández
Published: | Updated: 17/11/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Many people have had intense physical symptoms (shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, etc.) together with the feeling that they were going to have a heart attack, they were going to die or go crazy. Up to 23% of the population has ever had a panic attack throughout their life.

It can be triggered by complicated situations in life, such as family problems, work stress, physical exhaustion, consumption of some substances -cafeine, tobacco, drugs-, etc.


The fear that it will happen again

The attack can turn into panic disorder when we are pending and afraid that anxiety will reappear, and with it the panic attack. If we also avoid situations or places where it happened to us, agoraphobia could appear.

Its fast and effective approach is important so as not to favor other emotional disorders and that it becomes chronic, and affect our whole life.

The effectiveness of the cognitive-behavioral scientific approach

Its approach is easy, effective and definitive if you apply the appropriate treatment with a qualified psychologist.

In Human Area we work from the scientific cognitive-behavioral approach, considered the most effective, which we update with the results of the latest psychological research. Our team is formed by highly qualified professionals who take into account all the aspects involved in the problem to solve it. Our work consists of an exhaustive evaluation of the problem and the person, multidisciplinary assessment to see if the use of drugs is adequate, work to manage the symptoms of anxiety, fear and acceptance of these, monitoring of the appropriate exposure processes, training of the strategies and additional resources necessary for each person to definitively overcome panic attacks.


*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Julia Vidal Fernández

Health psychologist and Director since its founding in 1995, Area Human Psychology: Research, Innovation and Experience in Psychology. Centre authorized by the Community and the City of Madrid. Specialist in Clinical Psychology with over 20 years of professional experience. She is an expert in Anxiety and Stress, Depression, Personality Disorders, expert in the treatment of emotional aspects of medical diseases: inflammatory bowel disease, chronic pain, cardiovascular disorders, etc. and eating disorder (bulimia, binge eating disorder, obesity, etc.). It combines clinical practice with teaching and teaching courses at the Complutense University and other public and private organizations. He has published articles in various scientific journals, scientific papers exposed in national and international conferences and worked with different research groups.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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