What are Panic Attacks?

Woman on Busy Street Free of Panic Attacks

“My heart is pounding, I feel dizzy, shaky, nauseous, and I can’t breathe!”

If you suffer from panic attacks, these feelings are familiar – and scary. They happen with little warning, and the fear of having another panic attack can prevent you from doing everyday things – like going to the grocery store, driving on the highway, going to work or simply going out of your house. In some cases, you may feel as if you are having a heart attack or stroke, or are suffocating. Scary indeed. But you are not alone and there is help.

Panic attacks are common

There are 27 million American adults who experience panic attacks each year and more than 6 million experience frequent panic attacks and are diagnosed with panic disorder. The most common treatments for panic attacks and the symptoms of panic are medications, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychotherapy. These work for some people, but for others it is not enough and access to CBT is limited.

Panic attacks have a physiological component

There is a physiological component behind panic attacks that is not addressed by drugs or therapy. Research has shown that many people with panic symptoms, breathe in a way that makes them more likely to have a panic attack – they hyperventilate or overbreathe. They take in too much air and/or breathe too fast for their level of activity. This breathing pattern occurs all the time, not just during a panic attack. Building on this research, studies have now demonstrated that Freespira®, a simple, at-home treatment that trains people who suffer from panic attacks how to manage their breathing, can successfully reduce or eliminate panic attacks – even in those who have suffered for years and have tried medications and other treatments.

Panic attacks and breathing

If you suffer from panic attacks, you already know that rapid deep breathing, or hyperventilation, is a common occurrence during an attack.  This breathing pattern reinforces the sense of panic, and results in you feeling out of breath, dizzy or lightheaded. It can also cause you to sweat and feel nauseated.  Even the fear of a potential attack can bring on these feelings.  In fact, research confirms that many people with panic disorder hyperventilate all the time.  Learning how to effectively manage your breathing, and stop hyperventilating, can result in a dramatic and long-lasting reduction or even elimination of panic attacks and an improvement in quality of life.

New help for panic attacks

Learning how to manage your breathing, with a sensor that measures your respiratory pattern and provides real-time feedback for training, is a revolutionary new approach to treating panic attacks – one which directly addresses the physiological component – hyperventilation.   Freespira is authorized by a licensed healthcare provider like a therapist, social worker, nurse or doctor. Freespira teaches you how to manage your breathing with just two 17-minute breathing sessions a day for 4 weeks, at-home.  That’s it!  Some patients report improvement as soon as 2 weeks after beginning treatment, and clinical studies have demonstrated that most maintain a significant reduction or elimination of panic attacks one year after the 4-week treatment is complete.