Panic disorder is when a person experiences unexpected attacks of intense fear. Panic attacks may last from minutes to hours.
The exact cause of panic disorder is unknown. Genetics may play a role. Studies suggest that if one identical twin has panic disorder, the other twin will also develop the condition 40% of the time.
With panic disorder, at least four of the following symptoms suddenly suddenly.
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Dizziness or faintness
- Fear of dying
- Fear of losing control
- Feeling of choking
- Feelings of detachment
- Feelings of unreality
- Nausea or upset stomach
- Numbness or tingling
- Palpitations or pounding heart
- Sensation of shortness of breath
- Sweating, chills, or hot flushes
- Trembling or shaking
Panic attacks may be followed by at least 1 month of persistent fear of having another attack.
There are often extreme changes in behavior at home, school, work, or with family. If you’re experiencing panic attacks, you might think you’re “going crazy” or having a heart attack.
Behavioral therapies are beneficial in the treatment of panic attacks. These include:
- Cognitive-behavioral hypnotherapy
- Cognitive restructuring (learning to recognize and replace panic-causing thoughts)
- Empowering mental imagery
- Relaxation techniques
- Emotional Freedom Technique
- Clinical Reflexology
Behavioral treatments appear to have long-lasting benefits. Regular exercise, adequate sleep, and regularly scheduled meals may help reduce the frequency of the attacks as well.
If you would like to discuss hypnotherapy for your panic attacks, please contact Amy Hale for your free 20 minutes phone consultation.