The terms ‘anxiety attack’ and ‘panic attack’ are interchangeable. A panic attack is a sudden, intense, overwhelming moment of sheer panic, fear, or dread, in which you feel like you are about to die. They can occur when there is no apparent reason, or when your anxiety or stress levels get too high. During a panic attack you feel utterly helpless and completely out of control. Panic attacks can be incredibly frightening, so much so that many people mistakenly think that they are having a heart attack. Your heart beats alarmingly fast and you may experience palpitations and an irregular heartbeat. Panic attacks have a number of bodily, emotional and psychological effects.
There are many potential causes of panic attacks. It may be that you suffer from general stress or anxiety, or that you have been exposed to a significant shock or trauma. In fact, traumatic experiences from years ago can trigger panic attacks today. Interestingly, when you experience a traumatic or stressful episode your unconscious mind stores certain details of the experience to use as a blueprint for things you should be wary of in the future. This means that something in your current environment could symbolically remind you of an upsetting event from the past that you have consciously forgotten about, and trigger a panic attack!
"One of the big problems with panic attacks is that once you’ve experienced one, you begin to fear, and expect, the next."
One of the big problems with panic attacks is that once you’ve experienced one, you begin to fear, and expect, the next. Panic attacks tend to come out of the blue, with no apparent or obvious trigger. Unfortunately this means your anxiety goes up, potentially leading to another panic attack! Many sufferers of panic attacks and anxiety in general find that they start to modify their behaviour in order to control their anxiety, such avoiding certain situations or avoiding certain foods. Left untreated panic attacks can grow in frequency.
If you’re wondering how to stop having panic attacks you can rest assured that psychotherapy and hypnotherapy are highly effective at completely resolving panic attacks. You are warmly invited to join me at The Bristol Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy Clinic or online via Skype for a friendly chat about your situation and what’s been happening, so why not get in touch to book your FREE initial consultation and start on the road to recovery today.
I have just completed my sessions with Seb for anxiety and panic attacks. I have suffered for years and could not see the light and I thought this was something I had to live with...untill I met Seb. I thought I was alone and there was no solution to my sadness but there is. I am proud of getting help and I would encourage anyone suffering to take the step to happiness. It is not a scary thing getting therapy, it is the most calm I have felt in a long time. I'm a happy driven person again and I would recommend anyone suffering to see Seb. I am glad I did :-)
M.H. - Anxiety & Panic