Professor Rocco Crino is a practising Clinical Psychologist with a lifetime’s experience in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders. In this brief video he explains what a Panic Disorder is, how common it is and how it can be effectively treated with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
A panic attack is characterised by; sudden episodes of intense fear that seems to come without any apparent cause. Intense panic usually last a few minutes but sometimes it could return in waves for up to two hours. During a panic attack people experience intense feelings of anxiety that seem like they cannot be brought under control.
The surge of fear reaches a peak within minutes during which time people experience four or more of the following:
- increased heart rate.
- shortness of breath.
- A feeling of chocking.
- nauseous or pain in the stomach.
- dizzy, lightheaded or faint.
- Numbness or tingling.
- detached from themselves or their surroundings.
- hot or cold flushes.
- afraid of going crazy.
- afraid of dying.
- felt scared for one month or more of experiencing these feelings again.