Panic Attacks

Panic and Anxiety Attack – Treatment with Hypnotherapy & NLP Hertfordshire

Panic and anxiety attack has a long history of treatment with Hypnotherapy and NLP techniques.

A panic attack is defined as short period of intense fear or discomfort, in which four (or more) of the following symptoms develop and peak within 10 minutes:

  • palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate
  • sweating
  • trembling or shaking
  • sensations of shortness of breath or smothering
  • feeling of choking
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • nausea or abdominal distress
  • feeling dizzy, unsteady, light-headed, or faint
  • feelings of unreality or detachment
  • fear of losing control or going crazy
  • fear of dying
  • numbness or tingling sensations
  • chills or hot flushes

Help with Panic Attack
Need Help Dealing with Panic Attacks

If you have been experiencing the symptoms listed above and need help with Panic Attacks, then treatment with  Hypnotherapy and NLP is certainly a strong option, since psychological factors are a significant cause. It is quite possible to use these technique to stop the root cause negative thoughts in their tracks and break the cycle of escalation described below. Teaching self hypnosis and relaxation as an ongoing practice will help ensure long term relief. Get my free CD which includes teaching you self hypnosis:

Panic Attack Disorder – Causes, Prevention & Relief

Where these recur, or cause persistently seriously concern, then your doctor may diagnose panic disorder.  Panic attacks can be part of other anxiety disorders, such as Social Phobia, Agoraphobia, Specific Phobias and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Medically , the exact causes of panic disorder is not yet fully understood (source:, but appears to be a combination of physical and psychological factors such as stressful or traumatic experiences in your life, which may be delayed by many years, or close family member with the disorder.  These psychological aspects are what Hypnotherapy and NLP can treat to prevent attacks. It can take ongoing practice to learn to relax and to learn proper breathing to achieve full relief long term.

When panic has escalated over time to a more serious disorder, it has usually followed four distinct phases like these:

  1. You repeat unrealistic thoughts about not getting anxious which have the reverse affect.

You tense up, heart beats faster, short of breath, butterflies etc. This chronic state of arousal sensitises you to any hint of possible ‘danger’. Nerves are set on a hair trigger.

  1. You begin to fear the fear itself.

You begin to anticipate panic attacks, and to avoid them at all costs. Now you have a new fear – e.g. not only the boss’s criticism, or making a mistake, but you also dread the symptoms that the fear arouses in your body.

  1. You resist but fail to control your feelings as your fear of fear escalates.

You hate experiencing the symptoms you dread. You resist and fight against anything ‘unusual’ (i.e. other than comfort) happening in your body; this of course, is unrealistic. You become hyper-vigilant for symptoms and fear any emotion that reminds you of panic. Even ordinary feelings of excitement, even innocuous illnesses, can remind you.

  1. You avoid, ultimately, any situation, person, or thing that evokes feelings of arousal or anxiety.

dealing with hyperventilation and panic

Dealing with Panic Attacks – on Airplanes, in Social Situations and in the Car

It can be quite scary for us to witness someone having a panic attack, and there are some very common places where that may happen, such as on a plane, or in the car or other social situation.  It could be you or one of your own family. Common medical advice is to hold your breath for between 10 and 15 seconds and to repeat a few times. Alternatively,  or to breathe in and out of a paper bag for a few minutes.

Hyperventilation and Proper Breathing

Hyperventilating (or overbreathing) makes many panic attacks worse, or can bring them on. This means improper breathing patterns, either too rapid or too deep, or both, often through the mouth, leading to an imbalance of oxygen and CO2 in the blood. It is really important to learn proper breathing for good health in general and to avoid panic in particular. This means breathing deep into the ‘stomach’ or diaphragm through your nose for 3 seconds in and 3 to 4 out. This causes stimulation of the part of your nervous system responsible for relaxation.

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