Panic Attacks and Anxiety
Anxiety and stress are things that are a part of the human condition. Everyone experiences it to varying degrees. Stress isn’t always a bad thing, and there are good types of stress. However, when bad stress begins to turn into anxiety, and that anxiety won’t leave, that’s when we start to face problems.
During lifetime, we establish a lot of patterns in our way of thinking and our behavior. Those patterns can make our life easier. But not all patterns are a good thing. It is possible for our mind to be caught in a negative loop. That loop can cause things like panic attacks, chronic anxiety, compulsions, insomnia, and phobias. When we are in balance we normally don’t feel the heart beating or the speed and rhythm of breathing. But when we are anxious or highly stressed the body produces and releases chemicals which excites your organs and causes you to be fully aware of your bodies normal functions. This can, of course, freak you out and make you think your dying or that something serious is happening. It can make your life really difficult. If you had to think about every footstep you took it would be time-consuming and mentally exhausting to even walk down the block. That is why we have to trust the unconscious mind, that part of our brain that helps create and maintain those automatic behaviors that help us live our lives.
When a panic or anxiety attack happens, your brain interprets a normal signal as a life-threatening one. That starts the sympathetic nervous system and floods your body with adrenaline and triggers you into fight or flight mode. You can think of adrenaline as the fuel behind a lot of the symptoms and sensations that you endure. Some people may have had a panic attack and not even realize it.
Panic attacks involve sudden feelings of terror that strike without warning. These episodes can occur at any time, even during sleep. The symptoms tend to occur suddenly, without warning and often for no apparent reason. People experiencing a panic attack may believe they are having a heart attack, or they are dying or going crazy. The fear and terror that a person experiences during a panic attack are not in proportion to the true situation and may be unrelated to what is happening around them.
Most people with panic attacks experience several of the following symptoms:
- a sensation that the heart is beating irregularly (palpitations)
- hot flushes
- shortness of breath
- a choking sensation
- chest pain
- feeling faint
- dry mouth
- numbness or pins and needles
- a need to go to the toilet
- ringing in the ears
- a feeling of dread or a fear of dying
- a churning stomach
- a tingling sensation in the fingers
The physical symptoms of a panic attack are extremely unpleasant, and they can also be accompanied by thoughts of fear and terror. For this reason, people with panic disorder start to fear the next attack, which creates a cycle of living in fear of fear and adds to the sense of panic. Therefore, when someone experiences many panic attacks, it can turn into an anxiety disorder. They may think about and fear having a panic attack and start to change their lives to avoid a potentially triggering event. Social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, stage fright, fears, phobias, are all things that can arise from high levels of anxiety.
During a panic attack, your symptoms can be so intense and out of your control that you can feel detached from the situation, your body and your surroundings. It can almost feel as if you’re an observer, making the situation seem very unreal. This sense of detachment is known as depersonalization. Being detached from the situation doesn’t provide any relief or make a panic attack less frightening. Instead, it often makes the experience more confusing and disorientating.
You can’t think your way out of a panic attack, but you can learn techniques that actively reduce the frequency and intensity of them. I teach clients different tools and strategies to take back control of their life, and in that way also take control of their body. Most of the work is done while my clients are in trance.
My clients actively reduce their anxiety, are able to handle stress better, sleep more soundly at night, and calm a racing mind. By building up these new beneficial habits it retrains the brain to a new default mode of thinking. No longer worrying constantly about stress in the future or mistakes of the past, instead of being able to live life in the present moment. It allows you to be more emotionally resilient and handle stressful events that would have caused a meltdown in the past. There are no magic bullets, but many of my clients have actively changed their lives for the better after just a few sessions. Whether that be speaking on stage in front of thousands of people, or be able to drive to the shopping mall without a panic attack. I customize my approach with hypnotherapy and Hypnobalancing™ to help you live a fulfilled life.
Of course, you want to get checked by a medical doctor to make sure you don’t have any underlying conditions.