What You Need to Know About Panic Attacks by Maram Barak, M.A.


What You Need to Know About Panic Attacks by Maram Barak, M.A., Bergen County Moms

Panic attacks can be really scary. However, one thing that helps is recognizing that they are panic attacks and that they will pass!


The following are signs of a panic attack:

  • Increased heart rate

  • Shortness of breath

  • Chills or hot flashes

  • Nausea

  • Numbness and tingling

  • Sweating

  • Trembling or shaking

  • Feeling faint, dizzy or light-headed


Here are tools to help you handle a panic attack:

  • Sit with it and try not to fight it

  • Engage in deep breathing

  • Engage in muscle relaxation techniques

  • Shift your focus

  • Take a walk

  • Seek help from a mental health professional


Maram Barakat, M.A., is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has a master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, with a special focus on global mental health and research methods. She is primarily interested in providing access to quality mental health services in low-to-middle income countries and vulnerable populations. She is especially passionate about working with survivors of abuse and violence. In fact, she has integrated her passion with her academic interests by focusing her master's thesis on culturally adapting and implementing cognitive processing therapy to Syrian refugee women who have experienced sexual violence during and post-displacement. Maram has worked as a mental health professional and advocate in Lebanon, Uganda, and New York for the past six years. At the Lukin Center, Maram will be taking on the role of social media manager. Her main responsibilities entail managing and monitoring the center's social media platforms, creating content, increasing engagement, and more. Apart from her professional interests, she enjoys acting, karaoke, and extreme sports.

 
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