Panic Attacks

A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear that develops for no apparent reason and that triggers several physical reactions. When panic attacks occur, you may experience an intense fear of losing control, having a heart attack, or even dying. Symptoms that may occur are racing or pounding heartbeat, dizziness, lightheadedness, chest pains, nausea, difficulty breathing, shaking, tingling, and trembling in your extremities, or intense feeling of impending doom.

How can DBT help?

  • Cognitive Behavioral Strategies are incorporated into DBT to restructure your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
  • Mindfulness skills helps you become aware of and calm your thoughts
  • Use of Distress Tolerance crisis survival strategies like IMPROVE, TIP, and Self-Soothe
  • Negative emotional responses are challenged and changed using Emotion Regulation skills