A Panic Attack is a specific, intense exaggeration of autonomic arousal that increases your body’s normal response to fear, stress or excitement. It is the rapid build-up of overwhelming physical sensations, accompanied by intense apprehension, fear or terror without any apparent cause. This misinterpretation of your body cues generates a cycle where your anxiety increases, leading to more symptoms, leading to more anxiety, spiralling into full panic as your fear feeds upon itself – a true vicious circle.
As is the case with most Mental Health issues, research demonstrates that there is likely to be a number of key factors that may increase the likelihood of you suffering from panic attacks. Just some examples are: genetic factors, short-term emotional triggers, substance withdrawal, certain medications, situation avoidance, dysfunctional beliefs.
A Panic Attack will generally last between 5 and 20 minutes, usually peaking within 10 minutes. For some, these attacks may be months apart; for others, they may be daily or weekly occurrences. Common symptoms are: shortness of breath, accelerated heart rate, palpitations, sweating, nausea, trembling, feeling faint, flushes, chills, fear that dying, fear of going crazy.
Now having more of an understanding of what a panic attack is, I would suggest we re-frame “panic attacks” as “heightened stimulation.” I will then work with you to understand what exactly happens when you experience a state of heightened stimulation and this is done by you giving me a step by step breakdown of what you experience when in a state of heightened stimulation.
I will then agree with you what positive outcome(s) you want from working with me using hypnotherapy – please go to Hypnotherapy Session Structure to understand how hypnotherapy works.
Having listened to you, I can then explain the relevant hypnotherapy techniques that I think will suit you best, together with some suggestions outside hypnotherapy, and we can agree on the way forward ie to agree:
Rest assured that by collaborating and working together, we can achieve the positive changes you are looking for.