Panic disorders are a type of anxiety disorder, where a person regularly experiences attacks of panic or fear. Feelings of anxiety and panic are a natural response to stressful or dangerous situations, but for someone with panic disorder, these feelings of anxiety, stress and panic occur regularly and at any time, often for no apparent reason.
Panic attacks can be very frightening and distressing. Symptoms can include (but are not limited to):
a racing heartbeat,
faintness and dizziness,
nausea, chest pain or shortness of breath,
trembling and shaking,
feeling disconnected from your body.
Panic attacks often last between 5 and 20 minutes, but can last up to an hour. Be aware that most of these symptoms can also be symptoms of other conditions. Please contact your GP or emergency services for medical advice. More info here
Therapies that help
Hypnotherapy can help you alleviate anxiety and stress, and manage general anxiety more effectively. Hypnotherapy can help you to cope with the symptoms of panic disorder. Your hypnotherapist will use hypnosis to bring your attention to coping with specific symptoms and overcoming limiting behaviours. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy helps you explore your hopes for a panic free future, and uses hypnosis to allow your subconscious mind space to work towards positive change.
Counselling can help you understand how you think and behave when you are experiencing a panic attack and support you in exploring how you can change these responses. Your counsellor can teach you breathing techniques and other behavioural changes that help you to better manage your anxiety and reduce stress.
Narrative coaching looks at the story surrounding an action or lack of action, exploring the words the client uses and where the root of the issue might lie. Being forward focused we will discover practical applications for this information and if desired set a focused plan in place to achieve change.