Panic Attacks

Panic Attacks

Your first panic attack can come completely out of the blue and can hit you with such a force that the whole experience is absolutely terrifying. It could even feel as if you are having a heart attack.

What you are experiencing is your body going into a very primal “fight or flight” mode and the physical sensations are the result of adrenaline being pumped through your body.

You are not having a heart attack, you are not going to die and you are not going crazy.

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“Panic is a sudden desertion of us, and a going over to the enemy of our imagination”

– Christian Nestell Bovee

What are the symptoms?

The physical symptoms people may have during a panic attack include:

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Shortness of breath

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Fast heart rate or palpatations

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Pain or discomfort in the chest

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Feeling smothered or a choking sensation

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Feeling faint, dizzy, unsteady

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Feelings of unreality

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Tingling or numbness in the extremities

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Hot and/or cold flushes

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Sweating

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Trembling muscles or shaking

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Feeling nauseous

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Wanting to go to the toilet

People generally experience about 7 different symptoms during an attack, although not all symptoms are physical.

Some non-physical symptoms are:

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A sudden overwhelming feeling of fear, terror or apprehension

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Feeling you might die

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Afraid that you might lose control completely

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A sense of impending doom

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Feeling scared that you might go crazy or lose your mind

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What can cause an attack?

A panic attack can be caused by high levels of anxiety and stress.

There might have been some big changes going on in your life; moving house, changing jobs or ending a relationship. These big changes can be both positive and negative. The common stressor being that they affect your sense of safety and support, having to renegotiate your place and your standing.

Incidents in childhood can have an impact on whether or not you develop panic attacks. The way you were brought up, how you were taught to see yourself and how to deal with difficult situations all have a part to play. People that didn’t have a great sense of safety and support during their childhood, tend to be more prone to panic attacks.

Once you have suffered a panic attack, the sheer fear of it happening again can set off a new attack at any time. Many people that suffer panic attacks will start to avoid certain areas or situations where they have had an attack in the hopes of preventing a new one. Sadly, this approach is not very effective and the list of places and situations to avoid can grow longer and longer.

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– Jo

How can hypnotherapy help me?

The main thing to remember is that you are ALWAYS in control during a hypnotherapy session. We will discuss the course of treatment together and nothing will happen without your explicit permission.

Some ways hypnotherapy can help:

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Learn different relaxation techniques to bring stress and anxiety levels down

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Combat any underlying fears or phobias that can trigger an attack

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Regain a sense of control over your thoughts, feelings and emotions

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Work through any childhood issues that might have been the cause of the panic attacks

You are in control

Whether you are ready to face your panic atttacks right away or you need a bit more time to get your thoughts in order, you are already on the road to recovery. Consciously or subconsciously you have found this page and have started reading up on how to deal with your panic attacks.

Going through an attack can be a lonely thing. Making the changes you need to regain control over your life is something only you can do, but you don’t have to do it alone.

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