Can hypnotherapy cure my panic attacks?
In the fast moving modern world stress, anxiety and panic attacks have become all too common in people of all ages and from all walks of life. With ever increasing demands and, thanks to technology, the expectation that everyone should be contactable and able to respond to e-mail instantly, it’s no wonder we can feel overwhelmed and anxious. Panic attacks are generally brought on by a feeling of lack of control and fear. When going into a potentially stressful situation there are two ways to think of it. The worst way, and the best way. In the worst way all we can do is worry about all the bad things that might happen (and usually never do), whilst in the best way we think about what we want to happen. This way we are far more likely to make things turn out the way we want them to.
Research has shown that hypnotherapy can be highly effective in the relief of stress, fear, and anxiety. It can also be used to help in coping with the symptoms of Panic Disorder. While under hypnosis, a person with panic disorder may be guided to bring attention to coping with specific symptoms and overcoming limiting behaviours.
For example, once the therapist has helped the client become relaxed, he/she may ask the person to focus on their panic attacks. The person will bring awareness to the physical sensations, emotions, and cognitions associated with their attacks, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, shaking and fear. The therapist will use calming words of encouragement, and suggest more positive ways of thinking so that the client no longer dreads the sort of situations that bring on their attacks. The therapist will also suggest ways to cope with these feelings, such as taking deep breaths during panic attacks to help make you feel calmer. By being taught how to control your panic attacks by changing the way you think about situations, it is possible to see real, positive changes within as little as two or three sessions, often banishing panic attacks and anxiety altogether.