Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy for panic attacks
Panic attacks can seem to come out of nowhere, but they are usually set off by something you have seen or thought, triggering a powerful anxiety response.
The symptoms can be frightening and tend to cause considerable psychological distress along with even more panic and anxiety.
Some people feel they are having a heart attack, though the symptoms of panic will not do you any harm.
As well as overwhelming feelings of anxiety, a panic attack can also cause the following symptoms: palpitations, sweating, trembling, hot flushes, nausea, feeling faint, dizziness, numbness, choking, shortness of breath.
Panicky feelings can trigger strange physical symptoms
For panic attacks, getting rid of the symptoms gets rid of the problem.
When people are anxious they tend to take rapid, shallow breaths. When you're feeling anxious, you may not even be aware that your breathing has changed. This shallow, rapid breathing can result in overbreathing (hyperventilation) which creates weird physical symptoms, such as dizziness, tingling feelings and sometimes a sense of unreality. Read more about overbreathing here.
The more we fear the symptoms, the more the symptoms stay. They keep going because we are trying to get rid of them. We get caught in the loop and there can seem no way out, even though we are trying to regain control.
If we start to see the symptoms as dangerous, we can go to great lengths to avoid the symptoms. We might give up a job. We might give up relationships too.
We might underestimate our ability to cope and this can lead us to feeling very vulnerable and insecure. If we start to believe that the symptoms mean we will never get better, never be able to live up to our potential, that life is risky and frightening, then we stay in more and more. We are anxious about leaving the house. Our horizons close in.
Although these feelings have no meaning in themselves, and are not dangerous, but they are very unpleasant.
But you can get better. It does not have to be like this. I can help.
Make a start on getting it sorted.
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