Panic Attack Specialist

Choi Choi, MD

Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist located in Los Angeles, Torrance, CA

Dr. Choi Choi, located in Torrance, California, takes a holistic approach to helping his patients from throughout the greater Los Angeles area who suffer from panic attacks. If you experience panic attacks and have developed a fear of the panic attacks themselves, call or make an appointment online for a consultation with Dr. Choi today. You can learn to recognize your triggers and manage your responses.

Panic Attack Q & A

What is a panic attack?

Panic attacks are a symptom of anxiety disorders. Panic attacks are sudden and strong feelings of fear and anxiety. The episodes typically last for only 10-20 minutes although, you may feel like time stops. Some of the symptoms that you may experience during a  may include:

  • Rapid heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Difficulty breathing or a choking sensation
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea
  • Feeling faint or dizzy
  • Intense fear
  • Numbness
  • Chills or hot flashes   

Your body’s fight or flight response may be triggered during a panic attack. For example, your heart rate and breathing rate increase to prepare your body for a perceived danger. However, most panic attacks aren’t triggered by rational fears.

What causes panic attacks?

Each person has unique triggers and experiences with panic attacks. There is no specific known cause for these attacks although genetics, significant stressful situations, and changes in brain chemistry can contribute to the attacks.

It is also possible for panic attacks to cause you to experience heightened anxiety and fear about having an attack in a public place. When left untreated, panic attacks and the associated anxieties can develop into agoraphobia, which is a fear of public places.

How are panic attacks treated?

Dr. Choi offers customized treatment plans that offer a holistic approach to panic attacks. As your partner in health, Dr. Choi works with you to improve many aspects of your life that contribute to your overall well being. This may include lifestyle changes to your diet and exercise habits and meditation practice or medication and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Your treatment will be tailored to address your specific needs and designed to help you to regain control over your responses to situations or feelings that make you feel anxious.

Dr. Choi monitors your progress carefully, especially if medication is part of your treatment plan. Antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications may help to restore the chemical balance in your brain which can cause anxiety and panic disorders as well as panic attacks. Medication can be an effective part of your treatment plan.

If you have concerns about panic attacks and need advice or treatment, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Choi today. There is no reason to suffer through panic attacks when you can get help for them.