Panic disorder is an acute state of arousal that occurs repeatedly and unexpectedly, and without any particular cause. Intense panic may last only a few minutes, and in more rare cases continue with waves up to two hours. Some of the following symptoms are :-
- Difficult rapid or laboured breathing, palpitations, chest pains, choking or smothering sensations, dizziness, fainting, fear of dying, fear of mental illness, or of impending doom, hot / cold flushes, hot / cold clammy hands, tingling / burning sensations, trembling / shaking, sweating, nausea or ‘butterfly’s’, unrealistic feelings.
- Most people with a panic disorder feel anxious about the possibility of having another panic attack, and the implications to it, and where they will be, when they panic. This unpredictability is one reason why they can be so devastating.
- Panic is where adrenaline pumps around the body, called a ‘Flight or Fight response’ from our caveman days where we had to fight or run from a hairy Mammoth. Unfortunately with panic the response is fired off without any threat, then the person feels terrible, frightened and fearful, and may even experience a fear of fear.
- Panic attacks can occur at any time or place with no apparent reason. Sometimes a person can have a single panic attack, and not experience another panic for months or years, a person may have six or more panic attacks per day.
- Hypnotherapy is valuable in panic disorders to resolve and eliminate or modify thought patterns to your symptoms. A person does not have to put up with these problems, with hypnotherapy, they will dissipate, and you will feel more in control.