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Panic Attacks

Panic Attacks

What is it?

Panic attack is a behavioural problem where an intense fear comes on suddenly without apparent reason, triggering physical reactions. It can happen anytime and anywhere, such as while driving, in a lift, in a shopping mall, etc.

Very often, a panic attack may be mistaken for a heart attack or a nervous breakdown and the person may think that he or she is going insane. Typically, the duration may last from as little as 15 seconds peaking in 10 minutes and up to half an hour. Once it is over, you may feel completely worn out. It is a consequence of the fight or flight response to stress and it floods the body with hormones such as adrenalin.

Although a panic attack generally occurs when you are awake and conscious, it can also happen when you are asleep. While it usually lasts less than 10 minutes, it can take a longer while to recover. The nocturnal attack will have more breathing and depression type symptoms when compared to those that happen during the day.

What are the symptoms?

It varies from person to person however, at least four or more of the following symptoms accompanies a panic attack when it strikes:

  • Racing Heatbeat
  • Hyperventilation
  • Chest Pain
  • Breathing Difficulty
  • Headaches
  • Tightness in throat
  • Dizziness
  • Choking
  • Numbness
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Hot or Cold Flashes
  • Nervousness
  • Fear of Dying
  • Abdominal Cramps

Possible Causes


While there are no causes which are specific to panic attacks alone, here are some commonly known ones:

  • Severe Stress
  • Triggering Events
  • Traumatic Events
  • Significant Life Changes or Transitions
  • Medical Conditions and Reactions


When a panic attack occurs, irrational fears and phobias may develop as well, making you avoid such situations. It can build up to a point whereby the anxiety is so high that mere thoughts about it can trigger another and future panic attacks. As it could happen again, especially in a public area where there would be no escaping from it and thus causing extreme embarrassment and losing control of your life. This leads to self withdrawal and avoiding public places and the result is not to leave home at all.

Some of the other effects are:

  • Social Withdrawal
  • Depression
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Financial Problems

What you can do

You can seek medical help where prescription drugs will generally reduce the symptoms. The downside of it is that it could take a long time over many months or over a year to be effective. Unfortunately, drug therapy still does not eliminate the cause of panic attacks as it only treats the symptoms.

What you can do at the same time, is to avoid caffeine and alcohol which could trigger a panic attack episodes. Relaxation and stress management techniques will help as well as having restful sleep with a proper diet and exercise, putting your body into better balance.

How hypnotherapy helps

Hypnosis works on panic attacks very well because emotions such as fear and anxiety are all locked in the subconscious mind. It is the subconscious realm where hypnotherapy works best for your benefit to overcome your behavioural challenges.

Your hypnotherapist will be able to help you by changing your perceptions and thought patterns, thus strengthening and reinforcing the effects of your mind over your body. This will help to relax you physically and mentally and put you into an emotional state of calmness.

Going to the source of the problem subconsciously and dealing with the underlying cause will help unlock the trapped emotions, enabling you to realise, resolve and release the negative energy. Once your mind is calm and free from the associated stress, the fears and anxieties simply vanish and no longer have a hold on you, allowing you to live your life.

Would you want to stop panicking and start living?

Hypnotherapy is a very effective and permanent solution to your problems. When you require my assistance, please do not hesitate further and contact me.

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