Panic attacks are a type of fear response. They’re an exaggeration of your body’s normal response to danger, stress or excitement (Mind, 2017).
They are different from the normal reactions of fear and anxiety we have in response to the stressors or stressful life events.
If you have a panic attack you suddenly, without warning and possibly for no reason, feel terrified. You may even feel as though the world is going to end or that you’re going to die.
Symptoms are extremely intense, both psychologically with feelings of intense fear, apprehension, extreme terror and an overwhelming feeling of doom and dread and physiologically, with feelings of heart palpitations, a rapid heart rate, sweating, trembling, tingling, feeling dizzy, nauseous, sometimes over-breathing or finding it difficult to get your breath.
Doctors aren’t certain why some people get panic attacks. Women suffer more panic attacks than men, usually starting to get attacks in their late teens or early 20s.
Having a single panic attack does not necessarily mean the sufferer will go on to have further attacks, many people will just experience one attack. However that person may then associate the particular situation in which the original attack occurred, with further attacks. If the person had experienced the attack in a crowded shop, they may then associate crowded shops with further panic attacks and will then use whatever avoidance tactics necessary to ensure they are never in that situation again.
Consequently this ‘essential avoidance’ and its self-imposed restrictions, completely takes over a person’s life, controlling what they can and can’t do and where they can or can’t go.
The control this overwhelming and extreme ‘fear’ places on the sufferer, affecting and disrupting every aspect of their life and the lives of those close to them, cannot be overstated.
Symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks exist for a reason.
Avoiding or masking the symptoms does not take the problem away. If you deal with the underlying problem, the root cause, the symptoms will fade and disappear.
Hypnotherapy aims to access your subconscious mind and use the power of suggestion to promote positive change.
The suggestions used will be tailored to your individual situation, taking into account, what is causing your panic attacks and why and then working to change the way your body responds to these panic attack triggers.
Hypnotherapy can help you understand what may have caused your anxiety and panic attacks, helping you regain a sense of complete control, lasting change and a sense of normality once again in your life.