omg am i dying or having a panic attack?

By Molly Stackhouse

This blog post is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are experiencing any health concerns, please consult with your doctor. If you have a history of heart problems, or are concerned about your medical health in any way, please consult with a medical professional as that is beyond the scope of this article and beyond the scope of my expertise. The purpose of this article is to help those individuals who have sought emergency medical attention before, only to be told there is nothing medically wrong and that they are likely having a panic attack. 

Have you ever had a sudden and intense wave of fear or discomfort that made you think you were dying? Only to go to the emergency room and be told it was a panic attack? Panic attacks can be very scary and can make people feel like they are losing control or going crazy. A panic attack is a sudden and intense episode of fear or discomfort that can cause a variety of physical and emotional symptoms. Panic attacks can come on without warning and can last for several minutes. Some of the most common symptoms of a panic attack include:

If you are experiencing a sudden and intense episode of fear or discomfort, it is important to stay calm. There are a few things you can do to help yourself cope with a panic attack, such as:

Take slow, deep breaths. This will help to slow your heart rate and calm your body.

Distract yourself. Think about something pleasant or focus on your surroundings.

Talk to someone. If you're with someone, talk to them about what's happening. If you're alone, call a friend or family member or reach out for professional help.

Ask your doctor about medication options. If you have a panic disorder, your doctor may prescribe medication to help prevent or reduce the severity of panic attacks. 

If you are struggling with panic attacks, there is help available. With the right treatment, you can learn to manage your anxiety and live a full and happy life. If you are interested in learning more about therapy in Calvert County, I encourage you to reach out to a therapist and  schedule an appointment  Therapy can be a valuable tool for improving your mental health and well-being.

Molly Stackhouse is a therapist located in Calvert County, Maryland.  She owns a private practice located in Southern Maryland where she specializes in working with adolescents adults who experience panic attacks. Additionally, she has a strong understanding of the different types of trauma and the different ways that people respond to trauma. She uses a variety of therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and brainspotting. Additionally, she is a nationally certified school psychologist. If you are interested in services, use the link here

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