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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Tips to manage panic attacks?

    I was recently involved in a car accident and now experience panic attacks whilst in a car. Also, I am always on edge and worried that something bad is going to happen..
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    Anthony Berrick


    The way you're feeling is a NORMAL response to a traumatic event - but it still sucks. Unfortunately, a few simple ‘tips’ probably won't be enough to help you feel the way you used to before the car accident. I would strongly recommend that you talk to your GP and get a referral to see a psychologist. A good psychologist with experience in treating anxiety issues should be able to help you feel much better very quickly - and you'll wonder why you didn't go sooner!

    Visit the Australian Psychological Society website to find a psychologist in your area.

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    Grant McKell


    Grant McKell is a counselling psychologist working in Sydney's inner west with over ten years' experience. He founded HeadsUp Psychology in August, 2011. Having worked in … View Profile

    Absolutely would like to support what Anthony has said here. There are no quick tricks to managing anxiety and panic attacks as they are different in each individual and require different types of therapy and treatment regimes.

    Go to your GP and get a psychologist's referral. This may result in a mental health care plan, which sounds ominous, but it's not. It will allow you to claim a good proportion of your psychologist's fees back from Medicare if nothing else. Also, your GP will work with you and your psychologist to see if you need therapy on it's own or if you might benefit from the right regime of medication whilst you go through therapy.

    The good news is that these kinds of reactions are VERY treatable as they are a normal part of human functioning in response to trauma. Definitely check out the APS link that Anthony has posted above.

    Good luck!

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    Stephen Lockley


    Stephen will soon be returning from lecturing in the UK on his eclectic style of hypnotherapy and its effectiveness on clients with anxiety and depression. View Profile

    In most cases Hypnotherapy can also help you with traumas such as car accidents. Anxiety is the fight or flight process kicking in how ever it can some time go askew. Causing panic attack for what would apparently no reason. Hypnotherapy when performed well can address this issue. Usually takes the client and I between four to six session to address the issue.

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    Renee Mill

    Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist

    Empowering people is my passion and life work. I have been working as a Clinical Psychologist in private practice for over thirty years. I have … View Profile

    It sounds like you may have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of the car accident. Panic attacks are one symptom of PTSD.

    I believe you would respond best to therapy geared to treat PTSD. Sometimes that takes only a few sessions. However, other times, longer term counselling is required as well. 

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