Panic attacks occur when your body responds to fear, activating the “fight or flight” instinct. They are characterized by the fear of losing control or catastrophic disaster even without real threats. In essence, panic attacks are associated with an overly sensitized ‘fear system’ caused by a previous traumatic experience, a stressful situation, or a circumstance that was beyond your control.
This impromptu attack or out-of-context behaviour lasts no longer than 5 to 20 minutes. But the experience is akin to having a heart attack because of the activated physiological symptoms. It sometimes feels like a lifetime. Your heart pounds rapidly. You cannot breathe properly. Your whole body trembles, disabling your ability to move normally. Left untreated, frequent panic attacks can lead to chronic panic disorder, mental health disorder, and unhappy life.
Causes of panic attacks
Stress, anxiety, phobia, and certain environmental factors fuel the sensations that your body interprets as life-threatening. Some studies suggest that panic disorder conditions may run in the family or genetics. Major life changes like getting married, pregnancy, death, and other major stressors are also viewed as possible causes of biological vulnerability that leads to panic attacks. Medical experts believe that people with more sensitive temperaments are prone to negative emotions that induce changes in the brain’s normal functions.
Although panic attacks are not dangerous, they are frightening and can significantly affect the quality of your life. And if you are experiencing recurrent panic attacks and start living in fear, it leads to panic disorder. Fortunately, this condition is treatable.
Common symptoms of panic attacks
Panic attacks can strike without warning and catch you by surprise. However, you can watch out for the common signs such as:
Sense of an impending danger
Rapid, pounding heartbeat
Lightheadedness, dizziness, or faintness
Tightness in the throat
Shortness of breath
Tingling sensation or numbness
Self-care and treatment for panic attacks
Self-care is an important aspect to manage and control panic attacks. It includes seeking professional assistance to help you cope when panic attacks happen out of the blue. It is crucial to get help as soon as possible to stop them from becoming more frequent or getting worse.
The most common treatments are psychological therapies and medication as needed to calm the nerves. Another popular option is hypnotherapy or hypnosis. Hypnotherapy helps reduce the feelings of worry and fear, the two distinct emotions that trigger panic attacks. It works to strengthen your ability to get into a calmer state of mind and manage the heightened emotions that unfold during the attack.
Hypnotherapy is a technique used for a variety of medical and mental health disorders. This unique modality of treatment belongs to the group of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). It aims to access the subconscious mind through the power of suggestions.
Hypnosis for panic attacks works to help patients cope up with the symptoms by locating the first experience that sets the pattern. This is the point where your intense fear began and you were not able to complete the natural response. Age regression through hypnosis allows you to return to the moment of fear, grief, terror, or shame and amend your experience. During this hypnotic or altered state of consciousness, your therapist will help you create a corrective mental scenario.
Benefits of hypnotherapy for panic attacks
It helps you gain back your sense of control.
Hypnotherapy helps you recognize the signs and symptoms during the onset of the attack and manage them before they become uncontrollable. By knowing how the pattern of the attack occurs and what triggers it, you regain control of your life. Healing and overcoming fear is a work in progress, but regaining normality in your life is the first step to conquer your panic attacks.
It teaches relaxation techniques.
One of the vital aspects of hypnotherapy is relaxation. Finding your center and balance is essential to overcome fear and anxiety. During the sessions, your hypnotherapist will teach you self-hypnosis techniques. Mastering them will help you handle the symptoms wherever you are.
It builds feelings of safety and comfort.
Hypnotherapy involves healing your emotional state, making you more safe and comfortable about yourself. It helps you control, manage, and release fear. Letting go of guilt, anger, grief, and other accompanying emotions will help you live without fear. During the session, you will be guided to find the origin of your fear and find a logical perspective that connects it to your present life. Most of the time, your fears are just shadows of traumas that should be released because they are holding you back from living a full life.
It helps you gain inner personal strength.
As you heal your fear completely, you become more aware of your power to control your mind. You start living with confidence, peace, happiness, and self-love. Hypnotherapy helps you find your inner personal strength and get rid of unwanted behaviours.