Studies show 40 million American adults experience panic attacks each year. Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences at times. Many feel anxious or nervous when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test or making an important decision.
Panic attacks can cause so much distress that it interferes with a person’s ability to lead a normal life. Worry and fear are constant and overwhelming and can be crippling.
Luckily, hypnosis and hypnotherapy offer a safe, natural, prescription-free way to deal with panic attacks.
People with panic attacks have feelings of terror that strike suddenly and repeatedly with no warning. Sweating, chest pain, irregular heartbeats and a feeling of choking are all symptoms. These symptoms can lead to nausea, muscle tension, an inability to be still and calm, problems sleeping nightmares, uncontrollable obsessive thoughts and general feelings of panic, fear and uneasiness.
Research shows hypnotherapy can help relieve stress, fear and anxiety. It can also be used to help cope with the symptoms of panic attacks. While in hypnosis, a person with panic disorder can be guided to bring attention to coping and overcoming limiting behaviors and thoughts that lead to the panic attacks.
Hypnotherapy can also be used to combat agoraphobia, a common condition for people with panic attacks. Agoraphobia involves a fear of having a panic attack under restrictive circumstances such as while in a large congested area or while driving. Hypnotherapy can re-train the mind to remain relaxed while facing these fears.