In this article we read of a woman that went to see numerous medical professionals for symptoms that in the end turned out to be Panic Attacks. The correct term is Panic Disorder as nothing is actually being attacked. Regardless it is fair to state that this condition i.e. Panic Disorder needs identifying and it needs treating quickly otherwise the brain learns to generalise. Basically it says to itself if a Panic Episode has happened in one setting, why can it not happen in another. The person gets thoughts along those lines and basically programmes themselves for panic. Think about it, if one has had panic in a supermarket then it makes sense to wonder if one could have one whilst driving and then hey presto that occurs and now there is evidence that one can have panic not just in one setting but in another and then there is a generalisation that it can now occur in other settings. Thus we can see how quickly the condition can spiral out of control. It can ultimately lead to Agoraphobia or other conditions such as Claustrophobia.
Now the great news is that a combination of special breathing methods combined with methods for educating the sufferer as to what is happening in their physiology plus identifying background thoughts underlying the panic as well as teaching methods of deep relaxation such as Hypnosis can all allow the person suffering from panic to begin to take back control. That sense of being in charge then begins to placate the physiology from releasing more and more stress hormones and the person begins to learn how to recover. Reduction of caffeine and other stimulants also assists. Managing stress is the key issue and also learning new empowering ways of thinking, feeling and behaving in times, places and situations where one used to panic.
Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy and NLP are all excellent methods of helping people to not only manage their existing condition of panic but also to gain much more control to prevent future attacks. It is important to see a medical professional first to rule out any underlying medical issues that could be generating the symptoms associated with anxiety and panic. That done one needs to treat the matter with respect and consult with a professional, just like me.
You can read the article here:
Article on Panic
I would state that many articles focus on CBT as a method of choice for anxiety and panic. Of course CBT is useful but Hypnotherapy also makes use of Cognitive and Behavioural methods within its usage. A well trained Clinical Hypnotherapist like myself, who is also trained in Stress Management methods as well as Psychotherapy can provide a comprehensive tailored treatment for your panic or anxiety teaching you to relax very quickly and to regain control. CBT as a stand alone is not the only way. Hypnotherapy for panic works best because lets face it. No one consciously chooses to blush and no one consciously chooses to have Panic Attacks. These are subconscious responses or what we now term unconscious responses. Thus it makes sense to use Hypnotherapy which deals with that part of the mind to learn how to be relaxed and at ease instead of panicky.
Douglas Clark Master of Hypnotherapy