Stopping Anxiety / Panic Attacks with Hypnotherapy in London & Dorset

Do you suddenly feel overwhelmed by intense feelings of panic and fear?

Do you feel as if you can't breathe?

Does your heart beat really fast, as if your chest could explode?

Do you think you could choke?

This could be a panic attack. Panic attacks are one of the categories of anxiety disorder - Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Agoraphobia, Phobias, Social Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are all categories of anxiety disorder.

Many people think that they are having a panic attack when in fact what they are experiencing is an anxiety attack. There is a real difference between the two:

A panic attack:

  • Comes on very suddenly, and can last for any time between several seconds to about ten minutes. Sometimes the symptoms come in 'waves' for up to 2 hours.
  • You may experience regular panic attacks, for example several a week or a month – or one or two in a lifetime.
  • The symptoms are usually so severe that you feel as if you are having a heart attack or a stroke, and as if you might die.
  • You might have to do something specific to settle yourself. For example, you might remove yourself from a situation, find a quiet space and if you feel faint, sit with your head between your legs, or if you are hyperventilating breathe deeply, or even into a paper bag.
  • With a panic attack, you may not be able to associate the feeling with anything specific, and not be able to identify any particular thing that triggered it.
  • Panic attacks are very unpredictable. Sometimes you may experience a panic attack in your sleep.

An anxiety attack:

  • Can come on quickly, but it may have been building over a period of time.
  • Although really horrible, it is not usually as severe as a panic attack.
  • You feel anxious because of a situation, and so you feel the need to escape from that. When you do so, the anxiety subsides.

Symptoms of Anxiety or Panic Attacks:

Some of the most common symptoms that you might experience are:

  • Feeling that your heart is beating too fast or too slowly
  • Feeling that you can’t breathe
  • Pins and needles or numbness
  • A sensation of choking
  • A tight chest and pain around that area
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Sweating, shaking, trembling
  • Intense fear about losing control and embarrassing yourself
  • Feeling ‘unreal’ and ‘detached’
  • A desperate need to escape

Understand that you are not alone. Many, many people experience panic attacks, and they are utterly terrifying. You have absolutely no idea when they are likely to occur, and so this adds to your concern.

Causes of Panic Attacks

The mechanism that brings about a panic attack is similar to that of an anxiety attack. But why this is triggered unnecessarily, culminating in a panic attack, is not known. It is thought that some people may be more prone to panic attacks than others, and that you are more likely to experience an attack if there is a history of them in your family. Worry, stress and anxiety are all contributory factors. Find out more about anxiety

My book: HOW NOT TO WORRY – How to Stop Anxiety Spoiling Your Life gives lots of information on anxiety and panic attacks, including practical tips and strategies that you can use to help yourself to feel better. Many people have shared their own experiences to help you too.

Help for Panic Attacks in London or Dorset

You might think that you are having a heart attack or a stroke, and feel that you might die. Actually the severity of your symptoms is much more likely to be the result of an overworked nervous system. However, your doctor will be able to check that there is no other reason for your symptoms.

If you recognise any of the above symptoms in yourself, then hypnotherapy can help you. Hypnotherapy is a particularly safe and gentle option which can be very effective when dealing with panic attacks.

Call me on 07846 208 378, and I will explain the process in more detail and answer your questions.