Logic Does Not Stop Panic
A number of clients seeking hypnotherapy or coaching may, after their first panic attack or serious episode of anxiety, turn to the logic of their conscious mind as a way to stop the panic or anxiety. Whilst this reaction is understandable, it is generally completely ineffective in the long run. Sadly the initial perception that this route is the way forward only prolongs the period until an individual will seek professional assistance to deal with the panic or anxiety. The reason for this initial positive response is because, at first, there will often be long gaps between “attacks” after the first incident.
The logic these individuals deploy ranges from strategies of avoidance of the things they mistakenly believe have caused the problem e.g. drinking alcohol, dealing with certain individuals etc, through to placing restrictions on travel and venues the individual will attend etc.
Some of the main triggers for panic appear to be:
- Progressive – occur in the late teens to late twenties as individuals become more independent and acquire the “trappings” and responsibilities of adulthood
- Event based triggers – events such as death of a parent, becoming a parent etc
The critical stages in addressing this kind of issue are:
- Recognising that you need professional assistance to deal with the origins of the problem rather than just “fixing” the symptoms.
- Embracing the feelings because they are a part of you. The unconscious part of the brain is trying to help the individual. Sadly, its approach is unhelpful and can be frightening. Hypnosis can provide the means to help a person “turn down” this over reaction, so that this part of the brain once again works in the way it was designed to i.e. to keep a muted “watching brief” to ensure the safety of a person.
- Acknowledging that there are treatments which can successfully address this kind of problem.
There are some simple things that you can do to improve the situation:
- Improve your breathing
- Deploy techniques that curb your pattern of negative thinking and imagination.
Whilst these short term interventions and a variety of others can provide relief, addressing the root cause of the problem and teaching an individual techniques to manage their life more effectively are the only ways to ensure a sustained beneficial outcome.
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