Stop Panic Attacks
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How to stop panic and anxiety attacks
Ending the distress caused by panic disorder
If you experience the very unpleasant, sometimes terrifying, effects of anxiety and panic attacks then you know the feelings that accompany the anxious thoughts, the way you can even tell yourself you are going mad, and how you cannot begin to see a way out of the problem. As you read further you may well see that there are ways out and that help is available. Once you have seen the discussion points, and realised that they ring true, you may even notice a feeling of relief. Help is available.
The structure of an attack is well-defined. It is usually context related, some people panic in crowds, or in a vehicle, or with strangers; the list could go on forever. Once the attack has begun then thought succeeds thought, each one worse than the previous one, and in a consistent order. You may even be unaware of this thought pattern at first.
Afraid of fear itself
Some people experience just one anxiety attack. Some people experience them infrequently. Some people experience them frequently. Whichever group you fall into, it is quite likely that the experience was so bad that you can remember it vividly, and dread it happening again. This can build up into a fear of experiencing the fear of high anxiety. This condition is sometimes referred to as a pre-anxiety attack.
How panic feeds on itself
A characteristic way for a panic attack to build up is that for some reason you begin to think about having one, either remembering or imagining having one. Then you talk to yourself inside in a panicky tone and begin to feel the feelings you associate with the panic attack itself. These thoughts and imagined events repeat themselves, each time more real than the last, looping round and round. Unable to distinguish imagination from reality any more you suffer another attack.
How can you help me to stop my anxiety attacks?
These problems respond well to treatments employing NLP/Hypnotherapy. We work directly with the thoughts that drive the anxiety using NLP and using hypnotherapy to make it easier for you to change your thought patterns easily.
We do not use counselling techniques. We do not spend hours going back over the past in an effort to ‘understand’. This saves a huge amount of time.
We concentrate on what is happening in the present, and on how to help you experience a better future. We ask relevant questions to reveal the ‘structure’ of your thoughts, your habitual way of thinking, and use this information to help you change your habits.
Often panic attacks originate from an emotionally distressing event such as a death of someone close to you. In which case we can help you to recover.
Learning to make your imagination work for you
NLP can help you deal directly with the patterns of fear, and you can learn how to re-pattern your thoughts. You can learn how to control your imagination, rather than having your imagination control you.
Hypnotherapeutic approaches such as direct and indirect suggestion, metaphor, story, and other interventions help you do the same thing at an unconscious level.
This combined approach is used because it offers power and speed on the road to personal change.
Symptoms Of Panic Disorder
These can include hyperventilation, which is caused by rapid, upper chest breathing blowing out too much carbon dioxide and altering the blood acidity level, and which in turn can lead to dizziness, tightness in the chest and shortness of breath. This in turn can cause sweating, feeling hot and disorientation.
Other symptoms can include chest pains, heart palpitations, and tiredness or weakness. The symptoms can be so severe that some people believe they are having a heart attack the first time they experience them. The fact that they do not know what is happening to them can be sufficient to cause fear.
Fear of dying, of having heart problems or dying are experienced by some.
The original cause of the anxiety is often unknown, though exposure to danger, emotional distress, stress or poor nutrition are often implicated.
Panic attacks are often caused by thinking vivid thoughts about panicking.
Sometimes, these attacks can result in blackout/fainting.
If you have not done so already then we advise you to consult your GP for a diagnosis before contacting us.
How long will it take to stop feeling so anxious?
Using this combination of hypnotherapy and NLP means that the average number of one-hour sessions needed for the treatment of these problems is only two or three.