Panic Attack Support – Cairns and Queensland

Panic Attack Support CairnsWhat is a Panic Attack, An Anxiety Attack or an Anxiety Disorder

A panic attack is a brief episode of intense anxiety, which causes the physical sensations of fear. These can include a racing heartbeat, shortness of breath, dizziness, and trembling and muscle tension. Panic attacks occur frequently and unexpectedly and are often not related to any external threat. A panic attack can last from a few minutes to half an hour, however, the physical and emotional effects of the attack may last for a few hours.

Whilst a lot of the world of psychology view panic disorders or anxiety as a disorder they are in fact a coping strategy and as far as they go,  they are very effective as a management tool but not good,  in terms of overall quality of life. To find out more,  take a minute and  have a look at the videos below and see “Anxiety” in the drop down menu.

Who gets panic attacks?

Panic attacks are common. Up to 35% of the population experience a panic attack at some time in their lives. A panic attack can also be called an anxiety attack. Without treatment, frequent and prolonged panic attacks can be severely disabling.  As a sufferer of these awfuo things you  may choose to avoid a wide range of situations (such as leaving your home or being alone) for fear of experiencing an attack.

Self-help suggestions

Suggestions on how to cope with a panic attack include:

  • Breathe into a paper bag. Inhaling exhaled carbon dioxide can quickly balance your blood gases and ease the symptoms.
  • If you don’t have a paper bag, hold your breath for the count of 10, then take slow and deep breaths using your abdomen rather than your chest.
  • Avoid ‘self-talk’ that focuses your attention on your symptoms – don’t tell yourself ‘Stop panicking!’ or ‘Relax!’.
  • Remind yourself that the symptoms of a panic attack are uncomfortable but not life threatening. Reassure yourself that you’ve felt these feelings before and nothing bad happened to you.
  • Focus your attention on something outside your own body and symptoms. For example, distract yourself by counting backwards in threes from 100, recall the words from a favourite song or concentrate on the sights and sounds around you.

Fleeing from the situation will only reinforce the perception that your panic attacks are unbearable. If you sit and allow the symptoms to pass, you gain confidence in your ability to cope.

Panic attack support services in Cairns and North Queensland

If the physical anxiety symptoms are caused by physical illnesses, such as diabetes or hyperthyroidism, proper treatment for these illnesses should stop the panic-like symptoms from recurring. If the panic attacks are due to anxiety, support, advice and treatment can be provided by me,  Crispian Jones, At Seachange Psychology Treatment options can include:

The videos below, also offer some good self-management strategies for anxiety.  Here is a link to a self hypnosis MP3 (produced by Seachange)

For professional advice about treatment options for your panic attacks please reach out to Cris, on or via WhatsApp on +81 8051206364

Online Counselling

Online Counselling At Seachange Counselling (Formerly Seachange Psychology), online counselling (sometimes called telehealth counselling) enables you to access a qualified and experienced counsellor (me, Crispian Jones) using a program called “Meetn". Log in for your telehealth session here Meetn Link