Hypnotherapy to alleviate panic attacks
Panic attacks can be incredibly scary for the sufferer and Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can be an amazing tool that creates calmness and control. There are many different techniques that can be used to help lessen the strength or severity of these attacks and you’ll find the best technique for you in my therapy room.
Panic attacks range from hot or cold sweats, feelings of fear, increased heart rate, and stomach churning to, in the extreme, feeling like you are having a heart attack. They usually first occur when your anxiety levels are raised to the extreme and when your most stressed. Your body will go into the flight, fight or freeze response which then creates the symptoms. Sometimes anxiety can rise gradually over time, so the panic attack often seems to come from nowhere.
Once a panic attack has occurred, unless the overall anxiety levels are reduced, another attack can be triggered again by any of the senses – sight, sound, smell, taste or touch – when the brain associates that stimulus with the first panic attack. This can be very frightening and lead to avoidance of possible triggers, which in the extreme can lead to conditions such as agoraphobia (fear of going outside)
Did you know it’s usual for everyone to experience a panic attack or anxiety at some point in their lives?
It’s simply your survival mechanism kicking in, like it does if you have a near miss when driving a car or spot that spider maybe. People may experience a mild form of anxiety when faced with an interview; an intimidating client; an exam or circumstances where they feel out of their comfort zone. When this happens our survival mechanism can be like a faulty fire alarm, going off and raising an alarm as your subconscious is thinking you’re life is in danger when it’s not.
The symptoms of that faulty alarm system can be varied, such as:
Feelings of fear or severe anxiety
Suffer a racing heartbeat, palpitations or butterflies
Feeling faint or ill
A change in breathing pattern, usually shallow or rapid
There are various treatments for anxiety or panic attacks, from medication for severe cases to working with a hypnotherapist and/or psychotherapist to gain more control over anxieties.
Relaxation and good breathing habits are the key though. Simply breathing more deeply and concentrating on relaxing your shoulders and jaw will send a message to your faulty fire alarm that there’s no need to panic or feel nervous.