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"The April Center For Anxiety Attack Management gave me the tools to change my life!"

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Panic Disorder and Panic Attack Treatment Clinic in Los Angeles

 

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"Having frequent panic attacks is no laughing matter. Especially when considering not many know how to treat this issue properly. Most simply don't have the training, knowledge, experience or credentials. But be hopeful! Your symptoms are treatable! It's what we do. And your panic attack or panic disorder therapy doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg! We have many cost options to assist you. With a little effort and consistent progress, you won't feel the fear of having another one like the woman in the photo above any longer. So READ ON and SCROLL" - Dr. April

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Call The April Center For Anxiety Attack Management  

Main Office Phone: 310 - 429 - 1024

 

Panic Disorder and Panic Attack Help, Therapy and Treatment: 

The April Center For Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles offers a special Panic Disorder and Panic Attack treatment program with incredibly high success rates for those suffering with panic attacks and the hallmark symptoms.  Dr. Craig April, as seen on A&E's hit TV show "Obsessed", is one of the foremost anxiety and OCD doctors in the country and the Director of the program. We treat adults, teenagers and children. If you are having difficulty with panic attack symptoms and are curious about our anxiety attack treatment options, please call us at (310) 429-1024 or click here to email us

 

*We Design Our Panic Attack Treatment Program in Los Angeles To Fit Your Needs, Specific Panic Symptoms and Budget. 

The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management 

is located in:

Los Angeles (serving Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Santa Monica and the San Fernando Valley):   310-429-1024

 

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Panic Disorder and Panic Attack Treatment at The April Center For Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles:  

Individual therapy sessions

Phone Therapy sessions 

(for those who can't visit the office or are outside of the area when appropriate) 

or

Support Groups

 

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Offering Specialized Therapy for Panic Disorder, Panic Attacks and Anxiety

The April Center For Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles offers a special panic disorder and panic attack treatment clinic. Although panic attacks can be very frightening for all who suffer with them, they're highly treatable. In fact, they're not as difficult to overcome as you might think! Because the proper treatment for panic attacks and panic disorder is so very specific and focuses on one powerful particular strategy, treatment doesn't have to be lengthy, either. As long as one does the homework and learns the proper tools, suffering with panic attacks and panic disorder can be resolved. If you're having panic attacks, trust you have finally found the right place for help! 

People that seek us out for help with panic attacks and panic disorder have usually been suffering for far too long. Many have wasted time and money on trips to the emergency room, on medication, or on regular talk therapy. None of these can resolve panic attacks or panic disorder. That said, it's understandable that many go to the hospital or a medical doctor initially because they fear they have a medical problem or life threatenting issue based on panic attack symptoms mimicking medical disorders like heart problems, breathing disorders, thyroid issues and other illnesses. Unfortunately, because medical doctors are not anxiety treatment specialists or experts, they don't know how to treat panic attacks and panic disorder. Most don't even know how to diagnose it. And yet, they often prescribe medication that doesn't resolve panic attacks and only makes matters worse, due to addictive benzodiazapenes and their reinforcing of an avoidance pattern. 

Many people with panic attacks and panic disorder don't tell anyone for fear of embarrassment or lack of understanding. This often results in their suffering in silence, which only adds to their pain.

 

Call The April Center For Anxiety Attack Management  

Main Office Phone: 310 - 429 - 1024

 

What is a Panic Attack? 

Your first panic attack probably came without warning, as most panic attacks do. More than likely, this experience was brought on by an intense amount of stress building in your life. This eventually set off the fight or flight response, leading to an adrenaline surge the likes of which you had never experienced before. Considering the fact that most panic attacks occur when there is no real external danger putting your life at risk, it can be challenging to cope with the adrenaline dump without the release that accompanies fighting off a real external attacker or running for your life in a true life or death emergency. The mind usually searches for control when faced with panic. Unfortunately, your desire to get rid of the adrenaline response and tendency to fight it, only digs you deeper into the experience of panic, usually leading to the developement of Panic Disorder. 

The definition of a panic attack is often described as a period of intense fear with several physical sensations and cognitive symptoms.

The physical sensations and cognitive symptoms of a Panic Attack usually include four or more of these

- Pounding heart, quickened or rapid heart rate, or heart palpitations. Many feel like their heart is bursting out of their chest or fear they're about to have a heart attack. This can also include chest pain and tightness in the chest. 

- Sudden sweating and perspiring. Some feel suddenly warm or experience a hot flash. 

- Feeling like you're trembling and shaking all over. Some describe this as feeling extremely jittery. 

- Feeling short of breath. Many feel like they can't breathe or fear they're going to stop breathing.

- Feeling like you're choking. 

- Nausea or stomach pain and discomfort

- Dizziness. Some feel very light headed and like they're going to pass out.

- Feeling cold and having the chills.

- Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet (parasthesia).

- Derealization. This is feeling like you're detached from reality or outside of reality. 

- Depersonalization. This is feeling like you're detached from or outside of yourself. 

- Feeling like you're going insane.

- Feeling like you're losing control of yourself.

- Feeling like you're about to die.

(*symptoms and criteria courtesy of the DSM)

 

What is Panic Disorder? 

Panic Disorder often develops after the first panic attack. Panic attacks, also called anxiety attacks, can be so frightening that most people never want to have one again. Therefore, they do all they can to avoid the sensations and symptoms in an effort to say "goodbye" to the experience once and for all. Unfortunately, without the proper help and treatment, worry about having more panic attacks unwittingly encourages more of them and then creates panic disorder.

Panic disorder is defined by repeated, spontaneous attacks of anxiety or, as most call them, panic attacks. These can even happen during sleep, usually called "nocturnal panic attacks". As mentioned above, the main struggle with Panic Disorder is an individual's tendency to worry about and be preoccupied with fear of having another panic attack. To be diagnosed with Panic Disorder, one must have recurring panic attacks for over a month. 

It's easy to imagine how frequent panic attacks can interfere with and even shut down life. Most people with Panic Disorder fear entering situations in which they've previously panicked. They also fear situations where they feel trapped with no easy escape should they panic.  Often times, they fear dying or, at least, are worried about being embarrassed should they have a panic or anxiety attack in public. Fear of panic attacks can easily disrupt work or school. Especially in office meetings or school classes. Once these fears occur, Agoraphobia can develop.  This is why a diagnosis of Panic Disorder is usually accompanied by a diagnosis of Agoraphobia.  

 

What is Agoraphobia? 

Although Agoraphobia is defined by its prefix as a fear of open spaces, it usually is experienced as the opposite. In other words, as mentioned in the above paragraph, the main fear for agoraphobics is to be trapped in situations where escape would be impossible, difficult or embarrassing.  Also common for agoraphobics is a fear of being in situations where help is not readily available. 

For those with Agoraphobia, when feeling trapped, a panic attack is usually the result.  This is why Panic Disorder accompanies Agoraphobia and vice versa.

Situations and places many Agoraphobes avoid can include:

Closed in spaces, such as, movie theaters, certain grocery stores, shopping malls, traffic and bridges (fear of driving can also develop with these last two).

Crowds or standing in line, such as sporting events, concerts, and stores.

Being away from home alone in a place deemed far out of one's comfort zone.

Public transportation, such as buses, trains and planes. 

Many people with Agoraphobia might only be willing to travel inside of a certain radius or perimeter they have decided is safe.  They may even avoid leaving the house much or at all to avoid the chances they might feel trapped and panicky. 

 

The Best and Only Real Treatment for Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder with or without Agoraphobia

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the only scientifically proven form of treatment for Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder. A licensed psychologist should provide this form of treatment, as they have the highest education and highest credentials in the field of psychology. CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) focuses on changing cognitive distortions and false beliefs that maintain anxiety (called "cognitive restructuring"), while also teaching new behaviors that challenge and reduce anxiety. 

With regard to the behavioral component of CBT for anxiety, Exposure and Response Prevention (Exposure for short) is the absolute key to resolving panic attacks and Panic Disorder. At The April Center For Anxiety Attack Management Los Angeles, this is assigned gradually, so patients can make progress at their own pace and not feel like they're being thrown into the deep end.

Another CBT strategy in managing anxiety in general can include Mindfulness-based CBT. We teach this in the form of an anxiety meditation that encourages present moment awareness. Click for more on our anxiety zen meditation

Simple and old unproven methods like breathing exercises, physical exercise and a special diet cannot cure panic attacks or panic disorder, despite what some might think and suggest.  

Click for more on CBT treatment for agoraphobia and panic attacks.

If CBT wasn't so effective, psychologists at The April Center For Anxiety Attack Management would have sought training in other therapies or strategies, such as hypnosis or hypnotherapy, EMDR or many "quick fixes" sold online. That said, these other forms of treatment have not been scientifically proven to work for anxiety disorders, while of many them have been shown to only worsen panic attack symptoms and panic disorder. This includes traditional talk therapy, which also has been shown ineffective in treating anxiety disorders succesfully. 

 

Call The April Center For Anxiety Attack Management  

Main Office Phone: 310 - 429 - 1024

 

Individual Therapy for Panic Disorder

Individual therapy is the main form of treatment for Panic Disorder and panic attacks at The April Center For Anxiety Attack Management Los Angeles treatment clinic. All of our psychologists are trained by Dr. Craig April and offer only the best and proven forms of treatment. 

 

Phone Sessions for the Treatment of Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder

Scheduled Phone sessions with a staff psychologist at The April Center For Anxiety Attack Management Los Angeles Treatment Clinic are a great and effective form of treatment for those suffering with Panic Disorder and panic attacks. These phone sessions are available to those who are unable to visit our office due to their symptoms or can't find specialized help for Panic Disorder or Panic Attacks in their area and live too far to travel.

Check out our popular blog posts on Anxiety, Panic Disorder and Panic Attack Treatment :  

(*Just click on the separate blog titles to read each post!) 

Best Panic Attack Treatment - Discusses how and why CBT is the key to beating panic.

Agoraphobia, Panic Attacks and You - Discusses the true nature of Agoraphobia and its relationship with panic attacks.

Panic Disorder can Lead to Anxiety Relief? - Discusses the indirect way Panic Disorder can be your breakthough!

Panic Disorder is a Fear of Fear? - Discusses the reality when it comes to panic attacks and fear.  

 Anxiety Attacks During Pregnancy - Discusses the fact that, although not often shared, pregnancy can be an anxious, stressful expeience.

Panic Disorder and Anxiety Treatment: How To Encourage Your Family Member - Discusses ways to approach a family member suffering with panic and anxiety in order to encourage them to seek help.

A Side of Anxiety and Panic Attacks for Thanksgiving? - Discusses anxiety-related experiences and pressures that many struggle with during the holidays. 

Fear of Driving - Here, There and Everywhere - Discusses a fear of driving that might just be about something else.

With Panic Attacks and Phobias, The Mind Doesn't Know What's Real - Discusses the tendency of the mind to have trouble distinguishing between a real emergency and illusion. 

Does Anxiety and OCD Make You More Sensitive? - Discusses the sensitive system of an OCD and anxiety disorder sufferer.

Common OCD and Anxiety Disorder Thinking Patterns Treated During CBT - Discusses some common ways of thinking that create and maintain OCD and anxiety symptoms.

Take The Disorder Out of OCD, Panic Disorder and Anxiety - Discusses the reality of neurobiological and genetic factors in anxiety and OCD, but addresses the importance of moving through fear to overcome.

Behavior Therapy Summarized - Describes behavior therapy as key in reducing anxiety

CBT: What Is It? - Discusses Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy - The only proven form of treatment for all anxiety disorders, such as OCD, Panic Disorder, phobias, Social Anxiety and more.

OCD and Anxiety Made Worse By Family Members? - Are those close to you unintentionally enabling your OCD or anxiety?

How Our Biology Makes OCD, Panic and Anxiety Reduction A Challenge - Discusses the biology of anxiety and OCD.

 

If you struggle with Panic Disorder or Panic Attacks, trust that your symptoms can be overcome with the proper help and treatment. 

Call 310-429-1024 NOW to schedule your appointment today!  

 

 

 

Disclaimer:

The author has provided this 
for informational purposes only. 
The information on this website in no way substitutes for or represents any form of treatment for psychological, emotional, behavioral and physical syndromes or disorders. Appropriate licensed professionals must directly evaluate, diagnose and treat symptoms of physical or mental health conditions.
 

 

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