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Anxiety & Panic

Learn About Anxiety & Panic Attacks 

And How To Stop Them

What Is Anxiety?

Everyone has experienced anxiety in there life. However, sometimes it just doesn't go away. It stays or continues to get worse and starts to take over. People with anxiety disorders frequently have intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Often, anxiety disorders involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks). Read more about panic attacks below.

These feelings of anxiety and panic interfere with normal daily activities, are difficult to control, are out of proportion to the actual danger and can last a long time. You may avoid places or situations to prevent these feelings. Many people go to great lengths to avoid or lessen anxiety and anxiety-related issues. Symptoms may start during childhood or the teen years and continue into adulthood.

Examples of anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder (social phobia), specific phobias and separation anxiety disorder. You can have more than one anxiety disorder. Sometimes anxiety results from a medical condition that needs treatment.

Continue reading to see how you stop anxiety and panic attacks.

Did you know?

Due to modern day stresses, most people are stuck in the same fight or flight response that saved our lives when we needed to outrun saber-toothed tigers. However, these days this unconscious physiological reaction is unnecessary and people don't know how to stop it. Shirley specializes in this.

"Shirley Furman is the BEST practitioner  I have ever found to help me cope with and overcome my issues of anxiety, pain from being overweight, insomnia and fear of flying.  I had given up hope of ever feeling 100% again. She has been a miracle worker for me!  Her demeanor, is so welcoming and immediately I felt a connection. Shirley is so genuine, caring, empathic and so gifted in how she approaches the issues I bring to her.  If you think you are out of options, you aren't.  Shirley Furman will help you find your way back to your best self,  help you overcome your obstacles and achieve your goals."

What About Panic Attacks?

A panic attack can happen anywhere, at any time. You may feel terrified and overwhelmed, even though you’re not in any danger.

If this kind of random event has happened to you at least twice, and you constantly worry and change your routine to keep from having one, you might have panic disorder -- a type of anxiety disorder.

One in 10 adults in the U.S. have panic attacks each year. About a third of people have one in their lifetime and it’s more common in women than in men.

That being said, anxiety and panic attacks are on the rise and many people don't know how to stop them or why they are even happening.

A panic attack is a sudden strong feeling of fear.

You’ll have four or more of these signs:

  • Pounding or fast heartbeat

  • Sweating

  • Trembling or shaking

  • Shortness of breath or a feeling of being smothered

  • A choking feeling

  • Chest pain

  • Nausea or stomach pains

  • Feeling dizzy or faint

  • Chills or hot flashes

  • Numbness or tingling in the body

  • Feeling unreal or detached

  • A fear of losing control or going crazy

  • A fear of dying

Did you know?

Anxiety is rarely experienced by itself. Anxiety is often experienced with depression and sleeping problems which can be very confusing and cause difficulty in getting better. Shirley specializes in helping her clients understand and overcome this phenomenon.


So How Do You Stop Anxiety & Panic Attacks?

There are so many options which can get very confusing. Do you need to see a psychiatrist and take medication for while? Maybe you don't want to take medication and you are looking for a therapist to get support and counseling. What about hypnotherapy? It is becoming more accepted and for good reason. Have you addressed your diet and nutrition? Are you exercising enough? So many things to consider... Shirley addresses all of these things and more.

Many practitioners offer just one therapy or maybe two therapies. This can be helpful but often parts of you and your process are left unattended. Shirley approaches anxiety, panic attacks and mental health differently; she offers integrative therapies to get better results for her clients. 

In order to get better it is beneficial to look all aspects of you and your experience. Here are some of the main tools that Shirley can offer you to stop anxiety, stop panic attacks and improve your mental health and your life:

  • Sleep Enhancement (CBTi)

  • Therapy & Counseling (CBT)

  • Psychiatry & Medication

  • Hypnotherapy

  • Diet, Nutrition & Exercise Guidance

  • Mindfulness Practices

  • and more...


Get help and start changing your life today

Here Is Why You Should Choose Shirley:

Shirley is able to get better results for her clients because she integrates the powerhouse combination of therapy, counseling, psychiatry, hypnotherapy and sleep enhancement. She is well known for being a great listener and practicing mental health from the heart with compassion.

Some highlights about Shirley:

  • Highly rated with 100% 5-star testimonials

  • Nearly 25 years experience

  • Kind and compassionate 

  • Weekday Hours in Newport Beach & Weekend Hours in Seal Beach

  • Frequently attends lectures, workshops and courses to stay up-to-date on scientific discoveries, new healing methods and best practices

Shirley is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), Sleep Specialist, Hypnotherapist, Therapist & Counselor (LMFT) and Quit Smoking Specialist with nearly 25 years experience. She has trained many PMHNPs in Orange County.​ (All of her certifications and credentials can be found here) 

Because of her experience and knowledge, she has spoken about mental health, mindfulness and meditation on Jim Masters on CUTV News Radio and occasionally gives lectures at UCI Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute.​

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