In this video, you'll learn 4 easy steps for dealing with Panic attacks while they are happening. You'll find that the best approach is often to "float" with your anxiety while taking slow, measured breaths. Anxiety can be counterintuitive. When we resist the anxiety, avoid situations that cause anxiety, or run away when panic symptoms begin, we unknowingly reinforce the anxious response and make things worse. We decrease the fight/flight/freeze response by teaching our brains through our behaviors that there's no real danger in most situations that cause our anxiety to spike.
Disordered anxiety is what we refer to anxiety that has become problematic - anxiety that starts to get in the way of normal everyday functioning. The great thing about anxiety "disorders" and panic attacks is that they are very treatable with the right education, support, and skills.
Are you constantly fearing fear? Always afraid of your next panic attack? Avoiding people, places, specific situations, or things out of the fear of the physical reaction they will cause? Afraid of the feelings, thoughts and sensations that come along with panic? What if this never ends? What if I lose control? What if I die? What if I never get back to feeling normal? - You're not crazy. You can get better. You can start living a more fearless life with the right help.
Joel Schmidt (Licensed Mental Health Counselor and owner of Float on Counseling) treats anxiety disorders uses evidence-based gold-standard approaches for treating anxiety. He shares openly about his own experiences with anxiety, understands the struggle, and can help you manage your anxiety in the same way he learned to manage his own.
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Read more about anxiety on our "All things Anxiety" resource page and don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.