Are you panicking about your panic attacks?
Do you find that your panic attacks are becoming more frequent, maybe you don’t know what the trigger is, or maybe you do, but one thing is clear, that they are becoming more consistent. If you recognise these statements, I suspect that you are beginning to fear and plan for your next panic occurrence by trying to avoid situations that may cause a new attack!
The reason for your avoidance behaviour is based on the incorrect belief that the actual situation or event is the cause of another attack. Once you start avoiding situations and events to prevent triggering an attack, you have entered an unhealthy vicious circle which is stopping you from living your life to the fullest extent. You are no longer in control of your emotions, behaviour or thinking. Instead, you are being controlled by your panic attacks and the fear of when the next episode will happen. This unhealthy pattern needs to be broken for you to regain control over your life.
Let’s look at some real truths about panic attacks. Typically, you may have been experiencing high levels of stress for some time, maybe even having bouts of anxious feelings and low self-esteem. In effect, a panic attack is the result of an extreme and sudden anxiety attack. The physical symptoms of a panic attack are extremely unpleasant and often leads you to believe you are experiencing a heart attack, which of course you are not!
The symptoms related to your panic attack may include rapid heartbeat, chest pain, dry mouth, feeling disorientated, shaking, sweating, nausea, dizziness and ringing in your ears. What is important to know is that most panic attacks ‘only’ last between five and 20 minutes and that they do stop. So even though the attacks are scary and unpleasant, they will pass.
The good news is that you can gain control back and quickly learn how to reduce the effects of an immediate panic attack by using techniques from hypnotherapy and NLP. From working together with a qualified and experienced therapist you will be guided through a range of exercises and techniques allowing you to eliminate future panic attacks.
Through these exercises you will understand the importance of reducing stress and anxieties which are part of the basis for your panic attacks. By using a combined therapeutic approach you can encourage your mind to think differently and more positively when exposed to life’s daily stressors.
Don’t remain stuck in your vicious circle, take positive action today and discover how quickly you can turn your life around, allowing you to yet again partake actively in all of life’s challenges with a lighter approach. Gain the tools from hypnotherapy and NLP and break free from those restraints stripping you of control and instead feel empowered and free of your maladaptive thinking.
Please appreciate that symptoms provided above related to panic attacks represent a sample of signs. If you are worried about your physical or mental welfare, it is recommended you discuss your concerns with your GP before seeking support from a therapist. Please note, this article is for informative purposes only, giving you an overview of how a panic attack can present in any given individual.
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