Anxiety & Panic Attacks

Hypnotherapy help and treatment for overcoming Anxiety and Panic Attacks in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket in Suffolk

Anxiety and stress is something all of us talk about and have experienced at some point in our lives, and to a certain extent in short bursts, stress can be a useful stimulant and motivator causing us to do our best.

The good news is that whatever stress or anxiety make worse, Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy can make better.

Despite what you may have been told, thought or have read; depression, anxiety and panic attacks are not a sign of weakness. Far from it, they are signs of having tried to remain strong by holding things in for too long. Did you know that 1 in 3 of us go through this at some point in our lives?

Anxiety can be extremely overwhelming and affect people in a variety of ways, both physically and mentally. Anxiety attacks can be very frightening and even following recovery, it is perfectly natural to feel shocked, embarrassed and upset.

Many people are dealing with anxiety or panic attacks as a result of being extremely controlled or bullied through life, at school, work or in day to day life. Bullying can have long-term effects on people’s lives. Even when it has stopped it can still cause stress, anxiety, panic attacks, reduced self-esteem and a general loss of confidence affecting family life, relationships and work.

What is anxiety?

There are many definitions of what anxiety is, and from my experience of working with people, anxiety is an expression of fear due to a subconscious assessment of danger. Whether this danger is real, imagined or irrational is unimportant because something in the environment triggered the anxious response and it feels real for them.

That’s because anxiety is real energy that is trapped and stored in the body it comes from hard or soft traumatic events from our past.

Anxiety is a normal response to feeling threatened, which can be created through a number of situations such as by anger, frustration, fear, being sad, traumatic events, feeling helpless, fears about preparing for a test or exams, fears about presenting etc..

The difficulty comes when the normal butterfly feelings that we experience from time to time become overwhelming, and prevent you from living your life the way you’d like it.

In many cases excess anxiety and stress may cause confused thinking, depression, over-eating, excessive drinking, reckless driving, high blood pressure, heart problems, and a myriad of other health problems.

Anxiety symptoms are many and fall into three areas: physical, emotional and behavioural, and can go unnoticed until one day you feel overwhelmed with life. Everything bothers you, from your work to your favourite pet at home. You may even start doubting your sanity. All of this is scary and results in the feeling of being out of control.

What is a simple definition of stress?

As with anxiety, stress is a normal response of our bodies to a perceived threat. As part of our evolution we developed the fight or flight or freeze response, a state of hyper-arousal in which our body prepares us to fight an attacker or run away to safety, we also have a third response and that is freeze. Freeze is many people’s response. What happens is our subconscious mind assesses the threat (in a nano second) and determines can I win this fight? If the response is no, then it asks itself can I outrun this threat? And if the response is no, then we go right into the third option of freezing. It’s part of our natural responses programmed in our DNA. It’s all done in our reptilian core part of the brain, bypassing the thinking part of the mind.

Thankfully we are no longer threatened by physical dangers like dinosaurs and sabre-tooth tigers, but our nervous system still kicks in with the same responses in reaction to the modern stresses like deadlines at work and traffic jams as typical examples. We often don’t know how to flick the off switch, and find ourselves in a perpetual state of an increased heart rate, high blood pressure where our body is pumping adrenaline and cortisol ready to fight or to run away or freeze.

What is a panic attack?

A panic attack is a sudden episode of unreasoning fear or panic. Many attacks cause severe physical symptoms to the extent that the person may think they are dying or having a heart attack.

Panic attacks are common and can be a symptom in their own right, or can be present as part of another condition, and are caused by the body reaching a high level of anxiety, causing us to experience severe symptoms.

They are usually a learned behaviour from events and these events may be work, family or socially based, and while having a panic attack, a person may have a sense of being in danger and have a strong desire to flee. Phobias are also panic attacks and fit well into this description.

Anxiety physical symptoms or panic attack symptoms usually begin abruptly and can include:

·         • Chest pains

·         • Diarrhoea

·         • Dry mouth

·         • Dizziness, light headed, feeling faint

·         • Headaches

·         • Hard to concentrate

·         • Hyperventilation

·         • Indigestion, stomach cramps

·         • Insomnia and poor sleep habit

·         • Nausea

·         • Often feeling irritable

·         • Rapid heartbeat, flutters, irregular skipped beats, palpitations

·         • Shortness of breath

·         • Stomach churning

·         • Tension and muscle pains

Dealing with stress, anxiety and panic attacks effectively helps you:

·         • To feel more relaxed and calm everyday

·         • To cope better with stress and anxiety

·         • To help prevent you from becoming down and depressed

·         • To have better concentration and focus on what you want and how you respond

·         • To cope with or eliminate chronic pain or illness

·         • To enjoy and appreciate life more

·         • To handle strong emotions more successfully

·         • To accept yourself more

Treating anxiety, stress and panic attacks with Piers Day’s blend of Hypnotherapy and EFT unlike other local therapists.   As a Reflective Transformation Coach he addresses the whole issue.

Often to treat and work with anxiety, stress and panic attacks, the hardest part is that it can bring us face to face with the memory of what created these responses in the first place and for many it can be painful and uncomfortable.

If you run from anxiety, stress and panic attacks they will chase you, if you chase them, you will realise that there is nothing there. It’s about facing and dealing with the causes head on.

Piers Day’s Hypnotherapy can help by identifying the root cause of the anxiety, and help you make sense out of whatever happened to create this anxiety or panic attack. Piers’s Hypnotherapy for panic and anxiety attacks is particularly effective at breaking the associations to its triggering event so that it no longer bothers you and you can take control and get on with life normally.

Additionally Piers Day’s Hypnotherapy along with EFT can help by breaking the conditioned response to the stressful situation and the panic attack symptoms. It has an immediate effect on current stress and anxiety levels evident by reductions in blood pressure, breathing rate, and pulse rates, helping you to start sleeping better, improve your digestion, improve your mood and increase your motivation.

Hypnosis and EFT have a calming effect on the nervous system, helping to switch off the stress response and bring us back into balance. It also trains us to become more aware of stress signals in the body, giving us the chance to respond more effectively. We can take intelligent action rather than reacting blindly by losing our temper, drinking too much, overworking, or whatever other actions we tend to take.

How many sessions will I need?

Each person is as unique as the cause of the issue, and as such the number of sessions varies from person to person. Ultimately it comes down to a person’s openness to the process. We’ll know right away if this kind of work is for you.

What’s the next step in overcoming my anxiety and panic attacks?

If you have suffered long enough from anxiety and panic attacks, and it’s time to regain your life back, call Piers Day on 07716008836 or email piersday@suffolkhypnotherapy.co.uk for further information or a call back.