Posts tagged panic attacks
The Panic Trap

I must be dying... or, could it be a panic attack? It happens... You are driving your car, and as you approach the bridge that you've crossed a million times with ease, your heart begins to race, your hands tremble, and as you gasp for air, you notice that there is no place to pull over or stop the car. You feel trapped in the center lane, so you move to an outer lane, and you're not sure why, but you think it helps. A sense of impending doom overwhelms you as you will yourself to focus through the dizziness and weird sensations. You grip the wheel and attempt to distract yourself. Just drive you tell yourself. You turn the radio up very loud. You sing, perhaps scream. The episode begins to subside as you move closer to the exit of the bridge. What just happened? As you stroll towards your office on a seemingly ordinary day, out of the blue, you experience this strange feeling -- disconnected and unreal -- you no longer feel in control. Familiar things around you begin to blur, the buildings sway, fingers tingle, you think something serious is going on inside your body. No, you're quite sure of it! You notice your heart skipping and pounding as you feel for your pulse. You begin to wonder if you're having a heart attack. It begins to subside, but maybe

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Kimberly Seelbrede, LCSW is a New York City Psychotherapist + Consultant who splits her time between Manhattan and Santa Fe, providing online therapy to individuals and couples. With extensive training and experience, she provides psychological consultation, psychotherapy, EMDR therapy and executive coaching to a range of clients including VIP's + high-profile clients. As a women's emotional health + relationship expert, her specialties include: anxiety, depression, trauma resolution, addictions, relationship, intimacy and sexual concerns, health + autoimmune issues, loss + grief and women's mentoring. She enjoys writing, photography, yoga, meditation, travel and really good key lime pie. She lives with her husband, psychologist, scholar and mindfulness expert John Chambers Christopher. For more, subscribe to her newsletter or connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Psychology Today, EMDRIA and her personal websites KimSeelbrede.com, Santa Fe Integrative Psychotherapy or Well+Being Blog.

Self-Help Tips for Managing Stress, Fear, Worry and Anxiety

Life can just bring you down sometimes. You may crash, but often paradoxically even when your exhausted, you may also feel wired and too fired-up to relax. As a psychotherapist and coach in New York City, many of my busy, goal-oriented and driven clients just can't seem to power down when they need to, or manage symptoms of chronic anxiety and feelings of overwhelm. As a stress management expert, I can tell you that If you are in habitual overdrive with cortisol and adrenaline levels high enough to launch a rocket, you might want to try practicing a few of these simple, good-for-you tips—your mind and body will reward you.

  • Avoid, or at least reduce, your consumption of nicotine, caffeine and alcohol—caffeine and nicotine are stimulants and will increase your level of stress rather than reduce it. Alcohol is also a depressant when taken in large quantities, but acts as a stimulant in smaller quantities.

  • Get more sleep—sleep deprivation leads to illness and an under-functioning immune system. Dim your room at night, nothing but sleep and sex in your bedroom. Reduce your TV

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Kimberly Seelbrede, LCSW is a New York City Psychotherapist + Consultant who splits her time between Manhattan and Santa Fe, providing online therapy to individuals and couples. With extensive training and experience, she provides psychological consultation, psychotherapy, EMDR therapy and executive coaching to a range of clients including VIP's + high-profile clients. As a women's emotional health + relationship expert, her specialties include: anxiety, depression, trauma resolution, addictions, relationship, intimacy and sexual concerns, health + autoimmune issues, loss + grief and women's mentoring. She enjoys writing, photography, yoga, meditation, travel and really good key lime pie. She lives with her husband, psychologist, scholar and mindfulness expert John Chambers Christopher. For more, subscribe to her newsletter or connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Psychology Today, EMDRIA and her personal websites KimSeelbrede.com, Santa Fe Integrative Psychotherapy or Well+Being Blog.