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A recent Times article highlighted the increasing occurrence of panic attacks amongst British adults. In fact, it claimed more than 10 million people in Britain might need help with panic attacks. This is no doubt in part due to the uncertain times we find ourselves in. Health anxiety, social anxiety and generalised anxiety disorder are now extremely common. We are all trying to adjust to the ‘new normal’.
What Does a Panic Attack Feel Like?
Some people suffer with panic attacks long term although they may come and go. Other people are finding themselves experiencing them for the first time recently. With no previous context, panic attacks can be extremely frightening and confusing. The first time you experience a panic attacks you may feel as if you are having a heart attack. It’s a good idea, therefore, to seek medical attention when these symptoms appear. If your doctor does not find any evidence of coronary problems or other medical issues and you still experience the symptoms, then you are probably suffering from a panic disorder.
Although experiencing panic attacks can be very terrifying as the symptoms seem overwhelming, there is no evidence of anything serious ever happening during a panic attack. The symptoms you are having will do you no harm.
The Role of Adrenalin in Panic Attacks
How you’re feeling is due to a sudden large amount of adrenalin in your system. Adrenalin prepares your body to protect itself to fight or flight. Ask yourself what are you so frightened of? What’s the worse that can happen? Feelings of unreality are ways your body reacts to prevent you from feeling more anxiety. If you feel dizzy, hold onto something to steady yourself or sit down. Take several slow deep breaths to increase the flow of oxygen to your blood and heart.
What Triggers Panic Attacks?
The triggers of panic attacks are not always clear. Sometimes, with some investigation, common themes can be found. Learning to identify the triggers that cause panic attacks to occur is a big step towards controlling the problem. This is individual and unique to each person and will depend upon your own past, subconscious and thought processes.
Panic Attack Treatment
Some people may use medication to control panic attacks. Once you become reliant on this, it can be difficult to stop. For this reason, many people are choosing to try other methods either alongside or instead of medication. One of the most effective ways to help panic attacks is using hypnotherapy treatment.
Alix Needham is an expert hypnotherapist who will help you to break the panic attack cycle. With sessions in person at her London clinic or via online hypnotherapy, she works in a way that suits you individually.
If you’d like to learn more about how I can help with panic attacks please do get in touch.