Panic attacks can take many different forms. We are all individuals and how we each experience a panic attack can be different. But, in my experience, they are always:
- Make us feel out of control;
- Leave us questioning our sanity and if we are even normal.
But what if you could take back control?
What if you could understand what is happening and learn how to stop your panic attacks?
Imagine feeling calm and relaxed in those old scary situations?
I know that I can help you to do that. If you are ready to find out more, then you can click on the button to contact me and book a free initial conversation. Or you can read on to learn more about what causes panic attacks and how together we can begin to master them.
What causes panic attacks?
Panic attacks can start at any time and often the first one seems to come out of the blue.
In reality, the first one usually comes after an extended or prolonged period of stress and / or anxiety. It is almost as if the body and mind have simply reached the point where they can’t take anymore.
I think of panic attacks as the body and mind shouting ‘Stop! – I can’t do this anymore’.
Because of this we often connect the place of our first panic attack with its cause. This is usually wrong. For example I had a client once who came to me because she couldn’t go into a supermarket. Every time she even approached the car park the panic attack would begin.
After talking things through I discovered that her first panic attack happened when she stopped off in a supermarket one evening after work. She had always been an anxious person, and she was now going through a particularly stressful time at work. That day she found out that there were going to be redundancies and she would have to ‘reapply’ for her own job.
She picked up a few bits in the supermarket and joined the queue at the checkout. It was really busy and as she stood there she was thinking about how bad everything currently was. She was also imagining how much worse it could get in the future. And the feelings of panic began to build until suddenly she was in the middle of her first full on panic attack.
Unfortunately, her mind now made an incorrect connection – a faulty piece of programming if you prefer. It stored that panic attack alongside the memory of a supermarket. The connection was made and the next time she tried to go into a supermarket all of the old feelings and thoughts came back and she had another panic attack. Over time the connection just got stronger and stronger.
I was able to help her to understand what was going on. I taught her simple techniques she could use to stop the feelings of panic. Together we released the old anxieties and worries that she was still carrying around with her from the past, and she was able to move forward and reapply for her job feeling calm and confident.
Are these really panic attacks?
As I said earlier in this article – panic attacks can take many different forms. There are many common symptoms which occur as a result of the fight or flight response in your body. These can include:
- Increased heart rate;
- Changes to your breathing;
- Strange sensations in your body – particularly hands and feet but can be anywhere;
- Tics and twitches etc.
You can read more about the fight or flight response and these physical changes on my Anxiety Page.
But be aware that how these symptoms manifest into a panic attack can vary widely. Many people display what most of us think of as a typical attack. They can’t keep the feelings inside. They hyperventilate, they can’t keep still, and they may be crying or sobbing. But equally, some people keep it all inside.
I used to have panic attacks myself and I fell into the second type, I kept everything hidden inside. I didn’t want anyone to know how bad I felt and what was going on. Although I still felt all of these frightening feelings people around me would have had to look very carefully for signs of what was going on.
Many people describe this type of experience to me and then say ‘but I’m not having a panic attack, am I?’ This second type often gets overlooked in the media and by health professionals because it is not so obvious to spot. But I know that it is just as scary and frightening for the person who is stuck in the middle of it.
Hypnotherapy – How I can help you take back control
However you experience your panic attacks, I know that there is a strong possibility that I can help you using Cognitive Hypnotherapy.
Firstly, I treat everyone as an individual so it doesn’t matter what your experience and background is I will find the right tools and techniques to help you. I will make my knowledge and expertise fit your problem – not the other way around.
I’ve been there myself so I know exactly what anxiety and panic attacks feel like. I have also been specialising in working in this area for 10 years. So I can help you to understand what is going on in non-technical terms. And knowledge is power. What you understand you can begin to control.
I will teach you the things you need to take back control now but also that you can ‘carry with you’ into the future. We all face difficulties as we go through life. Life’s little (and sometimes big) ups and downs. Any one of these can knock your confidence and start to bring on feelings of anxiety and worry. With the things you will learn during our work together you don’t need to worry about your anxiety and panic coming back. You will always have what you need to remain in control.
All of this means that you can feel calmer, happier and more relaxed. You can look forward to enjoying all of the things that you want to do more and more easily.
Cognitive hypnotherapy is available in Colchester, Essex. Online hypnotherapy and coaching is also available.