- Are you worried about the future?
- Are you anticipating a potential threat from past trauma?
- Are you feeling disappointed by expectations that have not been met?
- Are you feeling sluggish
- Are you feeling like there is
no purpose or direction in your life?
Panic disorder affects approximately 5% of Australians in their lifetime.
What is Panic a Attack?
A panic attack is a brief episode of intense anxiety, which causes the physical sensations of fear. These can include a racing heartbeat, shortness of breath, dizziness, trembling and muscle tension. Panic attacks occur frequently and unexpectedly and are often not related to any external threat. A panic attack can last from a few minutes to half an hour. However, the physical and emotional effects of the attack may last for a few hours.
- trembling or shaking
- increased heart rate
- chest pain
- shortness of breath
- feeling like you’re choking
- nausea or pain in the stomach
- dizziness, feeling lightheaded or faint
- numbness or tingling
- depersonalization (feeling detached from yourself or your surroundings)
- hot or cold flushes
- fear of dying
- fear of losing control, or that you’re going crazy
- sense of impending doom or danger
The fact about panic attacks is that, because of physical symptoms, they can feel downright scary. In fact, some people will go to a hospital emergency department, convinced they have a heart attack when they actually have a panic attack. This shows how hard it can be to deal with a panic attack and how intense the symptoms of panic disorder can be.
When do panic attacks happen?
We often think there has to be a ‘reason’ to panic, but you can sometimes feel panic attacks without an obvious reason. Other times, the signs and symptoms of anxiety disorder may manifest in certain situations, such as being in a crowded area, being stressed about a project at work, etc.
One fact about panic attacks is that they are difficult to forecast. For some people, they may only occur once in a lifetime. For others or those with a panic disorder, they can happen regularly. When they happen regularly, this can cause someone to become quite fearful of when they will strike again.
When panic attacks often recur out of the blue and become disabling, this is called panic disorder. Panic disorder can also be accompanied by agoraphobia, a fear of going out or avoiding places you believe might trigger a panic attack. In these cases, therapy or medication may be needed to learn how to deal with panic attacks.
“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
~Martin Luther King~
The most effective form of professional treatment for tackling Panic Attacks includes:
Cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses on the thinking patterns and behaviors that sustain or trigger your panic attacks and helps you look at your fears in a more realistic light. For example, if you had a panic attack while driving, what is the worst thing that would really happen? While you might have to pull over to the side of the road, you are not likely to crash your car or have a heart attack. Once you learn that nothing truly disastrous will happen, the experience of panic becomes less terrifying.
As a panic attack begins to unfold, the work of hypnotherapy helps a client regress back to the age where the nervous system began to first experience these fears and could not complete the natural response. With the utilization of the age regression, the client can return to the moments of terror, fear, shame, grief, etc., to create a corrective experience. Hypnotherapy is unique because it touches both the client’s somatic experience and the emotional, using both to locate the pattern’s source and heal it.