Pets can be a very good support for people who suffer panic attacks. Dr. Paula Levine, Psychologist and Founding Director of the Miami Counseling Resource Center, says animals have an excellent effect on people. Dr. Levine also talks about travel letters for patients so they can take their pets aboard on airplanes.
Dr. Paula Levine, Psychologist and Founding Director of the Miami Counseling Resource Center, invented a “thermometer" and she uses it to educate in cases of panic attacks. She also describes how it works. She explains she wants to demonstrate the fluidity of anxiety. In a scale from 0 to 100, 0 represents calmness and the most relaxed that people can feel. The difference between discrete panic, attacks and panic disorder is: “Iâ€™m in fear of the next one. I live in fear of the next one" she says.
Generalized anxiety disorder differs from a panic attack due to constant worries, affirms Dr. Paula Levine, Psychologist and Founding Director of the Miami Counseling Resource Center. She explains when people are in a state of anxiety, they canâ€™t sleep, and theyâ€™re overly medicated. Other signs and symptoms of anxiety are: feeling nervous, irritable or on edge, having a sense of impending danger, panic, having an increased heart rate, feeling weak or tired, difficulty concentrating and having trouble sleeping, among others.
Dr. Paula Levine, Psychologist and Founding Director of the Miami Counseling Resource Center, says Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) involves obsessions (thoughts) and compulsions (actions). She describes obsessions can be: fear of germs or contamination, unwanted forbidden or taboo thoughts involving sex, religion and harm, aggressive thoughts towards others or self, having things symmetrical or in a perfect order. She also explains compulsions include excessive cleaning and hand washing, arranging things in a particular way, repeatedly checking on things and compulsive counting. The specialist says obsessions and compulsions often don't match each other.