Panic Attacks, Anxieties and Phobias
Panic attacks are sudden periods of intense anxiety, mounting physiological arousal, fear, stomach problems and discomfort that are associated with a variety of somatic and cognitive symptoms. The onset of these episodes is abrupt, and may have no obvious triggers. Although they may appear at random, they are a response known as ‘fight or flight’ that occur out of context. This response floods the body with hormones, particularly epinephrine (adrenaline), that aid it in defending itself from harm.
Experiencing a panic attack is said to be one of the most intensely frightening, upsetting and uncomfortable experiences of a person's life as it can be as intense as fear can get.
Anxiety can create panic attacks, and panic attacks can be linked to an unspecified phobia. Panic attacks, phobias and anxiety go hand in hand and are on the increase. When America had the 9/11 attack anxiety attacks increased dramatically. When we had the tube bombing panic attacks also increased significantly and now we have the credit crunch they are again on the increase at an alarming rate.
The solution is hidden in the inner mind and not readily available to the conscious mind. Specific phobias are easier to understand. Being put in a tight vest as a baby can manifest into a fear of lifts later in life; a forgotten contract you privately made to yourself when a loved one has had a serious, life-threatening accident – ‘I will always be tidy if he/she lives’– can develop into a compulsion for tidiness or constant washing of hands. I had a fear of driving after a severe car accident, with the usual hot sweats and terrors; a fear of dragonflies and dentists also became part of my life. These lasted for years before I realized they could be overcome. They are much easier to define.
However, a panic attack can happen when you are in different circumstances so there is no specific time or place where they occur and they appear to be random. Unfortunately, the sufferer cannot prepare for an eventuality, unlike a claustrophobic for example, who wouldn’t enter an elevator. The sufferer is always in unknown territory and in some cases can lead to withdrawal from normal life, creating a vicious circle of fear and anxiety. There are many variables when it comes to why we suffer from fears, but one thing that can be relied on is that hypnosis has the highest success rate by far for removing them. It is quick and to the point, and can help you to find a release from your fear that may have been controlling your life for years.