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Counselling for Panic Disorder in IN FAREHAM & SOUTHAMPTON

Panic Disorder is an anxiety disorder characterized by re-occurring unexpected panic attacks. Panic attacks are sudden periods of intense fear that may include palpations, sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, numbness, or a feeling that something bad is going to happen.


You may feel some or most of these symptoms: –

  • Pounding or fast heartbeat
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Shortness of breath or a feeling of being smothered
  • A choking feeling
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea or stomach pains
  • Feeling dizzy or faint
  • Chills or hot flushes
  • Numbness or tingling in the body
  • Feeling unreal or detached
  • A fear of losing control or going crazy
  • A fear of dying

An attack usually passes in 5-10 minutes, but it can linger for hours. It can feel like you’re having a heart attack or a stroke. So, people with panic attacks often wind up in the emergency room for evaluation.


It has been known to run in families, but the evidence does not show how much of that is because of your genes or the environment you grew up in.

Counselling for Panic Disorder in Fareham & Southampton

Events that can bring on a Panic Attack

Social anxiety

Everyone feels nervous in social settings from time to time, but people with social anxiety are highly self-conscious around others and experience an intense fear of being observed and judged that can result in physical symptoms like sweating, blushing, and nausea.

They worry that their behaviour will humiliate or embarrass themselves, offend others, and lead to rejection, but their fear or anxiety is not proportional to an actual threat.

Any social situation can become extremely stressful. People with social anxiety are constantly worried that they’ll create a negative perception. The thought of their own anxiety can breed more anxiety. This can also impact on them developing personal relationships.

Generalized anxiety disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) isn’t the same thing as occasionally feeling anxious. Everyone has instances of extreme anxiety from time to time, it’s notable when it interferes with your day-to-day functioning.

People with GAD experience severe, irrational concern about specific triggers. the anxiety often stems from real-life, everyday factors and circumstances, such as health, finances, and family. These are all normal things to feel anxious about, of course. But for people with GAD, the level of anxiety is hugely out of proportion to the cause.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder

OCD is a little different from the other major anxiety types because while anxiety often involves an avoidance of triggers (such as skipping a party), people with OCD engage in repetitive behaviours tied to a phobia. But OCD is often considered a form of anxiety because people with the disorder usually feel intensely anxious when they can’t perform certain behaviours.

A few common symptoms of the disorder include compulsive hand-washing, obsessive cleaning, so-called “checking” behaviours, returning home to see if you’ve turned off the oven, or performing counting tasks (often driven by a superstition, like “I have to count when walking upstairs or something bad will happen”). The compulsions are typically driven by fear of germs or contamination or mental images of violent scenes.

Post-traumatic stress disorder

Like OCD, PTSD is different from other types of anxiety disorders. Anxiety is clearly a component of [PTSD], but it’s much more complicated,

People develop PTSD after experiencing a highly stressful, life-threatening event, such as military combat, a serious injury, or sexual violence (although it’s important to note that not everyone who survives situations like these gets PTSD). The disorder often causes “re-experiencing” symptoms—or flashbacks to the initial trauma and upsetting, intrusive thoughts that can interfere with relationships and daily functioning.


Your doctor may refer you to a therapist, talking therapies are often the best way to help reduce or resolve the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that are associated with Panic disorder.

Hypnotherapy can also help, as it allows you to “dig deeper” for the root of the cause.

Doctors may also prescribe anti-depressants anti-anxiety. Anti-depressants can only help in the short term.

But if you suspect you (or a loved one) might suffer from Panic disorder and or anxiety, speak with a professional, they can help you find out for sure, and determine the best course of treatment.



Hypnotherapy can also be effective in treating Panic Disorder, to find out more information about our dedicated hypnotherapy site click here.


Counselling at the Fareham Counselling Centre, can assist you in managing your emotions at this difficult time, and can help you get your life back on track, no matter how much pain you are feeling at this time and whatever difficulties you are facing.

Call us now on 07946 641270, or complete our online form to book an appointment with one of our Counsellors in our Fareham Practice TODAY!

Fareham Counselling Centre

The Regus Centre
Forum 3, Solent Business Park
PO15 7FH