Anxiety is regarded as a feeling of unease or worry. All of us experience this from time to time, but for some it becomes common and problematic. If you feel anxious more than others do, you could be suffering from clinical anxiety.
Many conditions cause anxiety, including:
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)– A condition where sufferers feel anxious about an array of situations.
- Phobias– A condition where an individual is irrationally afraid of an object, animal, place or situation.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – A condition usually triggered by a traumatic event and sees sufferers experiencing physical and psychological symptoms.
If you experience difficulty related to anxiety, the risk of developing panic attacks is increased. This is due to anxiety and panic attacks usually are associated with one another. Anxiety triggers a response of being overwhelmed and can progress into a panic attack. Conversely, it may be a panic attack that causes you to become anxious and experience future attacks.
When encountering a panic attack, it is definitely worth acting upon the anxiety issues also. Fortunately, panic attack and anxiety treatments are similar. Hypnotherapy helps as it can be used to assists with both panic attacks and anxiety. Request a session from your hypnotherapist and ask for assistance to take action to initiate a program to lessen your symptoms.
Hypnotherapy has shown to have a positive result when dealing with anxiety, fear and stress, and as a result can work well for the treatment of panic attacks. The principle behind this type of therapy is to assist you to handle various symptoms using the power of suggestion while assisting you to overcome limiting beliefs.
Hypnotherapists vary in their approach, but the following is a sample from one session:
The hypnotherapist assists you to relax deeply as you get into a state of mind that reflects your concerns as you get into a hypnotic state. You are asked to focus on something that you sense or an emotion you experience during a panic attack. This is followed by introspective words similar to “You are in control of this attack” or suggest ways of coping, like “Slowing your breathing will help you feel calm”. These are called suggestions.
Now when you next feel a panic attack beginning, the subconscious suggestions given to you will come into your conscious mind to help you cope. Hypnotherapy can also teach you valuable relaxation techniques, which you can use to reduce your overall anxiety and lower your risk of having an attack.
Along with this treatment, hypnotherapy can also be used to overcome negative thinking and boost self-esteem. Having low self-esteem and thinking negatively may well be contributing to your panic attacks, so addressing these behaviors can really help.
Most hypnotherapists will also teach their clients self-hypnosis techniques so they can continue their treatment at home.