A panic attack is an intense period of fear or discomfort. During the attack, a person may experience the following symptoms:
Panic attack - Symptoms and Effects
Panic attacks - How hypnotherapy can help
Hypnotherapy can “untangle” all the aspects of what is occurring in order to find the source of the behaviour…even if that source is a constant buildup of events, a one off situation or the collision of differing beliefs. Using hypnosis, NLP and re-framing, the Panic Attack can be altered easily and simply.
Take for example saying the term Panic Attack… If you are sitting in the sun, eyes closed and someone says, “Don’t panic…” automatically the brain looks for reasons why it should or could panic, a similar dynamic with attack- attack is what happens to us; our subconscious believes we have no control, for example a heart attack.
Putting the two words together immediately heightens the subconscious because it believes something is about to happen to it that it cannot control. However “A wave of emotion” means EXACTLY the same behaviour - this term suggests it can be manageable.
We train our clients in self-hypnosis and teach coping strategies to immediately and effectively combat the symptoms of panic. Furthermore, we train our clients to look for and quash the tell- tale triggers which precede the physiological changes, thus negating the need to “calm down”!
Panic attacks are the consequence of a combination of fear, anxiety and apprehension. They occur suddenly and can last for a variable period of time, but most peak within ten minutes as the body just cannot continue to sustain such a high level of alert, the remaining time is about the body and mind calming down to a functional level.
Living with Panic Attacks can be consistently draining and eventually our lives become smaller in defence, fear of the fear itself can then develop adding layer upon layer to anxiety and creating such a complex mix that the original source of the panic attack can be lost.
What can occur secondary to the fear of the fear of Panic Attacks can be loss of appetite leading to not eating in anticipation of an “attack” and not sleeping due to the worry. Both changes weaken the body’s defence allowing anxiety and Panic Attacks to become reinforced in an ever decreasing negative cycle.
I feel as if a weight came off my shoulders - it really was quite amazing the difference. I felt so worried all the time before I had the hypnotherapy and it was such a relief when that stopped. And I have recommended it as an anxiety treatment to a few other people. It was not what I expected! But as well as helping me to sort my anxiety out, it also taught me to sit still and just *be* again.
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