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Panic Attacks Signs, Symptoms & Treatment

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Panic attacks occur when a person perceives to feel a threat. It’s the body’s natural fight or flight response to fear, stress or excitement. A person experiencing a panic attack for the first time may initially feel they are having either a heart attack, blacking out or having a breakdown.

It can be a very frightening and real experience and for many it may take some time to recover. For many people the thought of further attacks can be overwhelming. A Person having difficulties with recurring panic attacks may be experiencing Panic Disorder.

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Symptoms of a Panic Attack

  • Dizzy spells, light-headed, faint
  • Shortness of breath, breathing discomfort
  • Palpitations or shortness of breath
  • Sweats, shaky limbs
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Nausea
  • Pounding heart
  • Difficulties sleeping
  • Feeling of being out of control
  • Dry mouth, difficulties swallowing
  • Irritable

Panic attacks can come on very suddenly and generally last between 5-20 mins. However, if you experience symptoms for longer it may be due to heightened anxiety levels or experiencing recurring attacks. Certain lifestyle choices can onset or mimic the symptoms of panic and anxiety.

Too much caffeine, drugs, alcohol and stress can all exacerbate or mimic the symptoms of panic attacks. At Serenity we provide a therapeutic approach towards treating panic attacks. Our programme incorporates one to one and group therapy sessions, workshops, talks, holistic therapies, meditation, relaxation and stress management techniques, creative therapies, nutrition and aftercare. We also offer specialised counselling for panic attacks and other co-occurring process disorders.

We offer a comfortable and safe environment for you too explore your thoughts and feelings. Our dedicated team of qualified professionals will support you along your road to recovery.

We understand that taking the decision to commit to rehab can be difficult, you can schedule a tour of one your local rehab centers to see the available facilities, resources and environment. This can help you with taking the first steps towards your rehabilitation.


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  • Depression
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  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD)
  • Self Harm
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  • Process disorder rehab
  • Intervention
  • Counselling
  • Group Therapy
  • Rehab facilities

We have rehab and detox clinics all across the UK to help you on your journey to recovery. Click here to find rehab centres & facilities near you.

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The best way to get started is to give us a call at 0800 118 2892 for free advice and assessment. Let us help you or your loved one figure out the best treatment plan for your alcohol addiction so you can get started on your journey to recovery.