Piece of Minds



Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Panic attacks are periods of extreme apprehension or fear.  They often occur spontaneously and can peak rapidly.  They can last for periods from a few seconds to several hours and are extremely frightening and uncomfortable for the sufferer.  For example, first-time suffers may fear they are having a heart attack or are dying and will often call for an ambulance.
Symptoms may vary, but sufferers generally feel that their body is failing in some way, while they are actually experiencing a ‘fight or flight’ reaction.  Their body responding automatically to fear and is preparing to ‘run away’. 
A combination of physiological changes occur during a panic attack.  Adrenaline is released - which leads to an increased heart rate and rapid, shallow breathing.  This promotes hyperventilation, which reduces the carbon dioxide levels in the blood.  These changes cause a condition called ‘alkalosis’ affecting the blood chemistry.  Alkalosis leads to many other symptoms including dizziness, trembling, numbness and tingling.  The body also tends to switch blood supply away from the brain towards major muscles during an attack.  This means the sufferer may get tunnel vision, while feeling faint and nauseous.  Of course, all these symptoms will naturally increase the levels of fear and anxiety experienced by the sufferer which further intensifies the physiological changes, causing a rapid runaway in the attack.
Research suggests that panic attacks may have a number of triggers or causes.  Panic attack can be caused by medical conditions, such as inadequate diet, Vitamin B deficiency and some heart conditions, but these are generally rare.  The majority of cases are related to physiological or emotional problems.   The condition is exacerbated by alcohol, drug use and excessive caffeine.  
Panic attacks are also associated with a wide range of fears and phobias.  These can include fears of flying, agoraphobia (fear of open or public spaces), social anxieties, fear of spiders, fear of heights, etc. Another significant and common trigger of panic attacks is post traumatic stress disorder.

Most specialists agree that a combination of psychotherapies are the best treatment for panic attacks and related disorders. 
Hypnosis is used to help the condition in a number of ways.  Initial hypnotherapy sessions are used to provide coping strategies for the sufferer.  Here, proven techniques are programmed into the suffers sub-conscious to help them deal with the onset and symptoms of a panic attack, helping them to recognise the advancing anxiety and break the reinforcing cycle before the panic attack gets out-of-control. 
Further treatments are used to target and treat the root cause of the attacks.  Again, proven therapies are used to address any fears, anxieties or phobias which are provoking the attacks.  These sessions also include confidence-boosting techniques to build self-esteem in the client.


Panic attacks can be easily and effective treated through hypnosis.  However, it is vital for other, potentially serious, conditions to be eliminated by qualified medical practitioners, prior to treatment through hypnotherapy. If you are receiving regular medication for depression, anxiety or other mental disorders, always consult your GP before seeking help through hypnotherapy.