Any place from which a phobic person feels he/she cannot immediately leave is a candidate to become one of those places that induces panic attacks. They include circumstances where there exists either a physical constraint, such as a lift, which can become stuck, or an aeroplane, or a social constraint, such as sitting together with others in a restaurant. Once that situation is avoided, and then avoided again and again, the person is said to be phobic for that situation. Phobias typically spread. The following are some of these common situations: being in, or on, a bridge, tunnel, lift, aeroplane, shopping centre, restaurant, theatre, escalator—and also a car.
The defining character of a panic attack is the sense of an imminent loss of control. The question is do you have a choice as to whether you have a panic attack, or whether you can control your emotions? For many people, they don't believe that they have a choice and that once a panic attack starts they have to see it through to the end. But it doesn't have to be this way. By working with us, and our unique A.W.A.R.E. programme, you will be able to overcome your phobic reactions, and regain control of your life.
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