What are Panic Attacks?
Panic attacks are a sudden and often unexpected extreme surge in anxiety, causing the suffer to experience a loss of control of normal functions.
For many sufferers of panic attacks, the most distressing aspect is the unpredictability of an occurrence, and the “Fear of the Fear” that this causes.
The feeling that they could experience an attack, without warning, in any place or at any time gives rise to a constant heightened degree of anxiety. This constant fear of panic, can itself lead to the development of phobia, as the sufferer seeks to avoid places where they think an episode may occur. As this could be anywhere, even busy places like shops or cinemas may become areas that are actively avoided, so as to negate the possibility of an attack.
The actual symptoms of a panic attack, while undoubtedly distressing, fortunately do not necessarily lead to actual physical harm, but the increased stress placed upon the body’s resources can be exhausting and may cause other problems to come about.
Ideally, intervention should take place as early on in the cycle as possible, so that new behavioural patterns can be learned in good time to prevent a worsening of the condition and to lead the sufferer back to regaining control over their emotional responses.
Treatment for Panic Attacks
The Hypnowellness approach to panic attacks is to employ an integrated therapy using CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Hypnotherapy. CBT is widely used to help modify the thought patterns that begin anxiety, and Hypnotherapy is used alongside this to help the sufferer learn to create a greater state of relaxation and calm.*
You can read some more on panic attacks and the “fear of the fear” here.
I see clients for panic attacks in North London in Highgate and in Radlett (Herts). I also see clients with stress management difficulties in my City of London (Bishopsgate) practices and in South Woodford in East London.
To book a free consultation to discuss how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Hypnotherapy may help with panic issues, do please call me now on my direct line: 0800 246 1838 or just get in touch using the form.
*Disclaimer: As is common in therapy, results may vary from individual to individual and no specific outcome can be promised or guaranteed. Your therapist will however, endeavour to accomplish the objective of your sessions to the best of his ability.