Panic attacks and Panic disorders

Girl and clock panicPanic attacks are a common and serious psychological condition, they can occur as a symptom on their own or as a part of a different condition such as social phobia, other phobias or PTSD. If other phobias present need to treat them as well.

Panic attack is one-off experience, panic disorder is the recurrent unexpected panic attacks followed by at least one month intervalley. During panic attacks the body experiences a sudden onset of intense symptoms. These symptoms are both psychological and physiological in nature. Usually an attack will begin with a sudden feeling of intense fear or panic. This is then generally followed by physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, nausea and sweating.

Other symptoms can be: shortness of breath, choking sensation, palpitations or accelerated hear rate, chest discomfort, sweating, dizziness, faintness, nausea, abdominal distress, depersonalisation not in your body, numbness or tingling sensation, lushes of chills, shaking, fear of dying of stroke, heart attack, or going crazy. Often accompanied by: sense of imminent danger, impending doom, urge to escape.

Hyperventilation is a central component of a panic attack, breathing in a rapid shallow manner, through mouth. Can be episodic or habitual. Hyperventilation will cause the nervous system to respond in a variety of ways, creating various responses (dizziness, feeling light headed, confusion, numbness, tingling sensation, heaviness of limbs. The symptoms can escalate to second stage (vertigo, nausea, difficulty breathing, chest pain, temporally paralysis, momentary loss of consciousness).

Possible Solutions with Hypnotherapy can help to regulate breathing and think beyond and distract patient form the panic attack while not insisting on eye closure so the patient remains in control.