Do you need an anxiety treatment program?

Anxiety attacks (or “panic attacks”) strike quickly and without warning. In addition to the stress these attacks cause the sufferer, the family of the individual often experiences them right along with the individual – as they are unsure of what to help, or how to best handle the situation.

By better understanding the sign and symptoms of an acute panic attack, family and friends will be able to provide comfort and care for those who experience them, and can consider personal crisis counselling.

What is an anxiety attack?
Rather than just a general feeling of anxiousness, an anxiety attack is a sudden, acute episode of panic and anxiety. There is no real or comparable threat present during an anxiety attack.

How common are panic attacks?
Isolated panic attacks are very common occurrences among the general population. It is believed that almost a third of the adult population in the United States will experience a significant anxiety attack at some point in their lives. But for the majority of these people, the anxiety attack will be an isolated incident. Few will seek professional help for their problem and will go on with life as usual. Of far greater concern are those individuals who suffer repeated attacks over time. These individuals require the help of trained professionals who can help them understand the root causes for their anxiety attacks and provide proper treatment.

What are the symptoms of an anxiety attack?
Although the symptoms vary from individual to individual, there are several hallmark signs that occur across a wide variety of people who have them. They include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid heartbeat or irregular heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Hand or body shaking
  • Nausea, vomiting or other stomach discomfort
  • Numbing or “pins and needles” sensations in the legs
  • Inability or difficulty swallowing
  • Tightness in chest or general chest pains


Why treating anxiety attacks is so important

Many people will turn to drugs or alcohol as a means of dealing with the symptoms of their anxiety attacks. Depressant drugs and alcohol are common ways of producing a calming effect in the face of the overwhelming anxiety brought on by the attack. This type of self-medication is both dangerous and ineffective, as they do nothing to treat the root cause for the anxiety attacks themselves. It is highly recommended that the individual seek professional anxiety disorder treatment and get the treatment they need to deal with the source, rather than the symptoms of anxiety attacks.

Moonview Sanctuary, located in Santa Monica, California is an outpatient treatment facility that understands the special needs of those who experience repeated anxiety attacks. The Overcoming Personal Crisis team at Moonview provides neurological and spiritual treatment for those who suffer from anxiety attacks and other mental disorders. A holistic treatment program unlike any other, Moonview Sanctuary combines elements of the traditional and the modern to help individuals cope with their anxiety problem and secure real solutions moving forward. Contact Moonview today for additional information about their Overcoming Personal Crisis program.

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