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Panic Attacks Specialist

Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine

Neurophysical & Behavioral Medicine located in Irvine, CA & West Los Angeles, CA

Nearly 3% of adults in the United States have panic disorder, which causes frequent unexpected panic attacks. Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine in Irvine and West Los Angeles, California, is an innovative neurophysical medicine practice that uses biofeedback to treat patients suffering from panic attacks. The innovative practice has been helping people reduce the frequency and intensity of their panic attacks without medication since 1980. Call the office nearest you to book an appointment and get help today.

Panic Attacks Q & A

What are panic attacks?

Panic attacks cause sudden and unexpected disabling fear and nervousness. Panic attacks may result from an untreated or undiagnosed anxiety disorder. 

You may also develop panic attacks after experiencing a stressful or life-threatening event. 

What causes panic attacks?

Stress is one of the primary catalysts for panic attacks. Stress is a normal physiological response to challenging situations. In fact, your “fight or flight” response is an essential part of your body’s defense system that protects you from serious harm.

However, when your “fight or flight” is triggered frequently and becomes overactivated, it causes other systems in your body to become dysregulated, including your brain.

When your body’s stress response causes dysregulation in circuits or regions of your brain, you may be more vulnerable to panic attacks, even when experiencing mild amounts of stress.

What are panic attack symptoms?

Panic attacks are serious and potentially harmful experiences that often occur without warning and under any circumstance.

Symptoms of a panic attack include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Racing heart (palpitations)
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Choking sensation
  • Feeling detached from oneself
  • Sweating
  • Nausea or abdominal distress
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Numbness or tingling sensations
  • Chills or hot flashes
  • Fear of losing control
  • Fear of dying

Though you may have enough time to take yourself out of harm's way when experiencing a panic attack, symptoms may vary from episode to episode. Once you experience a panic attack, it’s not unusual to become more fearful in anticipation of the next episode. 

How are panic attacks treated?

Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine uses biofeedback therapeutic technologies to help those suffering from panic attacks.

Unlike traditional treatments for panic attacks that rely on medication to subdue symptoms, your provider at Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine focuses on treating the origin of your disorder to the fullest extent. 

With biofeedback, they provide you with real-time analysis of how well or how poorly your brain and body function in response to external stressors in your environment.

This process provides insight into when your brain and body are shifting out of a normal state and into a “stressed” state. Knowing the moments these transitions occur enables you to self-regulate and maintain or restore homeostasis. 

In essence, Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine helps you train your brain and body to respond in a way that inhibits the panic attack. 

Panic attacks are scary and debilitating. For an effective, non-drug approach to alleviate your panic attacks, call Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine to book an appointment today.