Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Treating Anxiety and Panic Attacks with Hypnotherapy
Do you need help overcoming Anxiety and Panic Attacks?
Are you suffering with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a feeling that you get when something stresses you out and you feel fearful and tense. People experience stress and anxiety in different ways and for different reasons. Prolonged periods of stress and anxiety can lead to panic attacks and other anxiety related disorders such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Depression.
What is a Panic Attack?
A panic attack is one of the most frightening symptoms of stress and anxiety. If you have never had one before it can be hard to understand what the sufferer is actually going through.
Some people say, "Suddenly for no apparent reason, my heart starts pounding, I feel dizzy, I sweat and shake and I am petrified that I will collapse, die or completely lose control."
The extra physical energy and tension created by the 'Fight or Flight Response' has nowhere to go when you sit and worry, so the stress hormones continue to go around your body, keeping everything buzzing in over-drive mode.
This level of intense anxiety, referred to as 'a Panic Attack', can be an exhausting experience. However, it is important to remember that it will stop eventually, as the body cannot sustain this response indefinitely.
Check the signs and symptoms of a panic attack.
When do Panic Attacks happen?
You are most likely to suffer a panic attack when you are feeling tired or run down, and are consequently less well equipped to cope with the stresses and strains of daily life.
What causes Panic Attacks?
Sometimes you may have an idea what seems to have triggered off your panic attack but another time it may appear to have come ‘completely out of the blue’. You will usually find that the major trigger is an overload of stress, worries and life events that have been playing on both your conscious and subconscious mind. Dealing with the root cause(s) is the key to overcoming your anxiety and panic attacks.
Breaking the ‘Vicious Cycle’
Physical symptoms, worrying thoughts and avoidance behaviour feed off each other and create a vicious cycle of fear and panic. Once you have had one panic attack, you are always looking out for signs of another and become hyper-vigilant. People often start to misinterpret what is happening and become even more anxious, having irrational thoughts and starting to panic about minor bodily symptoms. It is important to break this negative vicious cycle by thinking positively and seeking professional help.
Reprogramming the Subconscious Mind
Panic attacks occur because of faulty programming. Hypnotherapy could help you find out why your subconscious mind is switching your 'fight or flight response' on too often and help you reprogramme your mind so you can be rid of panic attacks for good.
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