A panic attack is a sudden onset of intense fear that usually comes with some noticeable physical symptoms including: –
- Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate
- Trembling or shaking
- Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Nausea or abdominal distress
- Feeling dizzy, unsteady, light-headed, or faint
- Chills or heat sensation
- Feeling you’re going to die
Panic attacks are extremely unpleasant and can be very frightening but are not harmful to us. Although they can seem to last forever, an attack is usually short-lived lasting between 5 to twenty minutes. Panic attacks may be triggered by specific events or situations or they can occur for no obvious reason.
Panic attacks occur when we are in situations that our primitive brain considers dangerous or threatening to us. One part of our brain – the original, primitive part – is the oldest part of the brain and it runs the stress responses known as Fight or Flight. When we have a panic attack, the primitive brain releases many chemicals such as adrenaline or cortisol that affect the brain and body leading to the physical symptoms often reported.
A panic attack is, therefore, a natural response to an actual or perceived stressful or dangerous situation. Once medical causes for the symptoms have been ruled out then treatment can begin.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a highly effective treatment as it calms the primitive brain lessening and eventually stopping the panic allowing you to move confidently towards the important goals in your life.
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