Defeat the attacksHypnotherapy can train you in techniques that kill-off 'panic attacks' before they get a chance to develop, and by changing the way your mind automatically responds to the triggers.
Barrage of symptoms
- During panic attacks, a sudden and often inexplicable barrage of symptoms can leave you feeling completely terrified and drained.
- The fear of our own fear results in misinterpretation of our body's natural stress response. This leads to the runaway 'vicious circle' of adrenaline and fear we call panic attacks.
The Stress Response:
- When we experience stress our bodies are subconsciously triggered to respond. See anxiety and stress for further information on the stress response.
- These responses are designed to save us in the best way possible when under genuine threat (e.g, being attacked by a wild animal in the forrest!) but can feel very unpleasant and confusing in response to life's modern stresses (e.g., an ‘order’ from the boss, hosting a party...)
No physical harm
- It's very important to remember that the symptoms of a panic attack (described opposite), although alarming, can not cause you any physical harm.
- Staying relaxed during the initial adrenaline burst is the key to beating panic attacks. And responding in a more relaxed fashion to life's many stressors is the key to beating anxiety long term.
- With me you can learn all the tools you need to understand the symptoms, reduce the triggering, stop the adrenaline loop and therefore remain relaxed in all the difficult situations you might face in the future.
The typical physical symptoms of panic attacks are any of the following:
- racing heart
- difficulty breathing
- trembling or shaking
- feeling dizzy
- depersonalisation (feels like you are outside your own body)
- derealisation (feels like the world isn't real)
- feelings of terror
- pain in the chest
- feelings that you could lose control, go crazy or even die
- hot/cold flushes
- choking or smothering sensations
Over in 2 minutes!
- Initially adrenaline is pumped round your body but the direct effects of the initial adrenaline only last 2 minutes at the most. It's the fear of the symptoms experienced that triggers more adrenaline and hence the continuation of the attack (for up to several hours in some cases). So if you could remain calm throughout the initial stage your attacks would be over within 2 minutes! I can teach you techniques tha are capable of doing this and so could make panic attacks a thing of the past.
*Required disclaimer: Results, symptoms and treatment may vary from person to person, all individual cases are taken on merit.
Hypnotherapy treatment for Panic Attacks is quite similar to that for generalised anxiety and, as well as addressing your panic attacks, treatment would also look to help with any anxiety you are experiencing.
- You can learn to understand your adrenaline response as a positive thing (the symptoms will be approached one by one to help you understand them at a deep subconscious level so that the initial rush will no longer need to cause you fear or worry)
- You'll learn controlled relaxation (hypnotherapy can teach you how to instantly call on a relaxed state of mind and body whenever you need it)
- In hypnosis you can relive stressful trigger situations whilst experiencing them from a calm state of emotional well-being. (in a relaxed state things look very different and these insights can be taken away with you)
- You can discover any distorted or negative thoughts that may be operating subconsciously, in the background, and resolve them in discussion and under hypnosis. (remove the subconscious triggers to your anxiety)
- You can discover your own powerful, inner resources for becoming centred and relaxed (enable a more relaxed way of responding to the world around you)
This varies from person to person but on average clients work with me for 6 to 8 sessions for panic attacks.