Do you feel as if
there is a battle
going on inside of
you and you have
no control...?

Stop Panic Attacks

Stop Panic Attacks

Treating Anxiety & Panic Attacks With Hypnotherapy 

Anxiety and Panic Attacks are actually quite common. They are very sudden, distinct periods of intense anxiety, mounting physiological arousal, fear, stomach problems and discomfort that are associated with a variety of bodily and thinking symptoms. The onset is usually abrupt. There may, or may not be any obvious trigger. But usually, they linked to fear of not being able to escape a bad situation. While these episodes may appear to be random, they are, in essence just the inappropriate switching on of the "flight or fight" response to deal with a treat to your survival that doesn't actually exist.

For many people panic attacks are linked to stress and worry (see coping and not coping above), and when life returns to balance, the panic attacks disappear.

Why Do They Occur?

Hundreds of thousands of years ago a panic attack was a very useful thing. Life was far more physically challenging and dangerous than it is now. When faced by the attack of a wild animal (tiger, mammoth, or other enemy), man had two simple choices: he could either run (flight) or he could fight. This is where the term “Flight or Fight” originates. There are also times when so terrified by the experience that man would momentarily freeze (Flight, Fight or Freeze). Man didn’t have sharp teeth or claws, or guns or knives for that matter, so he had to be able to react quickly under threat. 

Panic attacks occur because the part of the brain that scans the environment for threats to your survival can't tell the difference between a real threat and a perceived one. It has to treat them both a stress and a threat as one and the same. This is also why when you are in a situation that is even vaguely like somewhere where you experienced danger before, real or imagined, your brain will pattern match to similarities and trigger off the flight or fight response again, even though it's quite unnecessary.

Cave Man or Cave Woman Living in the Modern World...

Today, your threats probably don't come from tiger, mammoths or the likes - they are more likely to be related to stressors of life, such as pressure at work, at home, pressure from bank mangers or bosses, pressure from society. Unfortunately, for most of us, bank managers and bosses don’t tend to just go away.  

In the case of panic attacks your mind perceives a stress as a threat and over-reacts. 

Understanding this is one of the keys to understanding panic attacks themselves.   In the case of panic attacks your mind perceives a stress as a threat and over-reacts.  

Now that you know about what they are and why they occur, next we’ll look at the common triggers and how they come about. 

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