Stress, Anxiety & Panic

Learn About Stress, Anxiety & Panic Attacks 

And How To Stop Them

Stress, Worry, Anxiety, Panic...

We all have experienced some kind of stress in our lives.

But what is normal?

What is avoidable?

What really is going on and how can we have a more fulfilling life?


Shirley has worked with many clients who didn't even know they had anxiety or panic attacks. They were so used to their stress or worry that they had adapted to chronic negative stress and anxiety and it had taken its toll.

Shirley has also worked with many people with anxiety, panic attacks and anxiety disorders.


Here are some of the most common things associated with negative stress and anxiety:

  • stressed 

  • overwhelmed 

  • worrying about things 

  • chronic worry about the same things 

  • pain or tightness in the neck, chest or back

  • can't sleep well

  • waking up throughout the night

  • waking up tired

  • exhausted

  • depressed

  • unsocial

  • not able to relax

  • shaky

  • shortness of breath

  • flushed skin

Did you know?

Anxiety is rarely experienced by itself and often is 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.

These things may be more common in society these days but they are not healthy, they are not needed and they can be eliminated and worked through. Many clients have overcome many or all of these issues after working with Shirley. Please keep in mind that some of these signs and symptoms can be connected to a heart problem so if you suspect your heart may involved please consult with your physician first.

Read more about panic attacks below. Continue reading to see how to stop stress, anxiety and panic attacks.

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?

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.

What About Anxiety Disorders?

Often, anxiety disorders involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks). 

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.

Shirley is highly qualified and experienced at helping people with anxiety, panic attacks and anxiety disorders. Read below to learn how.

Did you know?

According to the National Institutes of Health, chronic anxiety increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, substance abuse, chronic respiratory diseases, and gastrointestinal conditions, such as inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS).

So How Do You Stop Stress, Worry, Anxiety & Panic Attacks?

There are many options out there which can make getting help difficult. Is it emotional or trauma based? 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, MBT)

  • Psychiatry & Medication

  • Hypnotherapy

  • Diet, Nutrition, Fasting & Exercise Guidance

  • Mindfulness Practices

  • and more...

"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."

Why People 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 (MFT) and Quit Smoking Specialist. 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 gives lectures at UCI Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute.​


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