Panic attacks

Panic attacks

Have you ever been so scared that you feared for your life and safety? You will understand what it feels like to panic and what panic feels like. You will feel overwhelmed with a sense of dread, your heart rate will pound, your heart rate increases, you will find it hard to catch your breath as emotions run high.

There are those who experience these feelings so intense can occur for no reason. When this happens it is a panic attack. The rush of psychological and physical symptoms will be very frightening as you have no control over them, especially with those with a panic disorder, for them it is a common occurrence.

On this blog we will be discussing panic attacks in more detail, what causes them and treatment for panic attack and how hypnotherapy can help when dealing with anxiety and panic attacks.

What is panic attack?

  • your body experiences sudden onset of intense symptoms

  • symptoms are both psychological and physiological in nature

  • will begin with a sudden feeling of intense panic or fear

  • followed by physical symptoms: heart palpitations, nausea and sweating

  • some may need to eat or drink lots of water due to thirst

  • those who experience panic attack often over-breathe (hyperventilate)

  • over-breathing lead to more unwanted symptoms, making matters worse

  • typical panic attack lasts between five and 10 minutes

  • can come in waves for up to two hours

  • over-breathing ends as quickly as they begin

  • they aren't harmful just very frightening and uncomfortable

When you first experience a panic attack:

  • easily confused with breathing problems

  • easily confused as a heart attack

  • when in doubt with shortness or breathe or possible heart attack see your doctor

  • if diagnosed as a panic attack, they should offer advice regarding treatment

Symptoms of a panic attack:

sensations felt will differ from person to person

Common panic attack symptoms include:

  • a thumping heart

  • chest pain

  • choking sensation

  • detached from reality

  • dizziness

  • feeling sick

  • palpitations

  • shaking

  • short of breath

  • sweating

  • psychological symptoms : include panic, intense anxiety and a fear of dying


  • isn't fully understood by science, within hypnotherapy there are various reasons, will discuss this at a later time

  • there may be a trigger

  • may start to experience during a time of high stress: work pressure, separation, divorce, after the death of a loved one or an accident

  • linked to phobias, depression, shock, trauma and anxiety

Many experts agree:

  • physical and psychological factors combined

  • genetics possibly contribute

  • research shows it usually runs in the generations

  • particular lifestyle choices place one more at risk of panic attacks

  • substance abuse drugs and/or alcohol

  • some cases panic attacks appear from nowhere

  • you may find hypnotherapy particularly useful

  • hypnotherapy can certainly help you uncover deep-seated blockages

  • hypnosis uncovers subconsciously causing your panic attacks

Panic disorder:

  • diagnosed if you experiencing panic attacks on a regular basis

  • diagnosed as a panic disorder if you are experiencing it at least once a month

  • experiencing one-off or occasional panic attacks become common

  • two in 10 people have occasional panic attacks

  • more rare and is thought to only affect two in 50 people

  • there may have been an initial event triggered panic attacks

  • subsequent attacks may be unpredictable and random

  • can make you anxious about having a panic attack making the situation worse


Hypnotherapy can be a helpful tool

  • assist managing panic disorder

  • teaches you relaxation techniques

  • creates a safe place to overcome the ordeal

  • reduces the number of attacks

  • self empowers you

  • relieves you general anxiety

  • resolves factors

Anxiety and panic attacks:

Anxiety: feeling of unease or worry, experienced from time to time by many, can become problematic for some, if you feel more anxious than others you could be suffering from what is termed clinical anxiety

There are many conditions that can cause anxiety, including:

generalised anxiety disorder – discussed in previous blog

phobias - irrationally afraid – discussed in one of my blog

post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – discussed in one of my blogs

Anxiety sufferers risk developing panic attacks as anxiety and panic attacks tend to go hand-in-hand. Anxiety can become so overwhelming causing you to suffer panic attacks resulting in having future attacks.

When you have decided it is time to address your concerns of panic attacks, it is recommended to also address issues pertaining to anxiety issues as these issues are interlinked. Hypnotherapy can certainly help with both these concerns, it is best to discuss these issues with your hypnotherapist in terms of dealing with your situation and as this will certainly help your treatment.

Treatment and panic attack

It is pointless to expect your panic attack to leave you if you have not seeking professional services of your hypnotherapist and or doctor for treatment options. It is best to start treatment as soon as you can to alleviate stress and an unhealthy life style that may attract other issues for you.

The reason treatment for panic attack is there is to reduce the number of attacks experienced, it is designed to lessen or neutralise the severity even if you believe it to be not severe. Severity is best diagnosed by a professional, it is easy to misdiagnose yourself, seek professional help / services, that first step of contacting your life line is the first step to your freedom. The most common treatment in addressing health issues by most are psychological therapies and medication, the treatments will offer you is dependent on your symptoms and the severity of it. In some cases medication is not necessary.

Psychological intervention may include CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), this is a type of therapy designed specifically in altering your behaviour by teaching you specific techniques. On the other hand medication usually involves antidepressants these are associated to SSRI’s (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), which may assist in managing the physical symptoms.

Many people are finding relief in hypnotherapy and this is becoming a growing following world wide as an ideal therapy and may have accompanied other treatment options.

Hypnotherapy for panic attacks

Hypnotherapy continues to prove itself as a very effective tool, therapy, self empowerment when dealing with anxiety, fear and stress, and therefore lends itself well to the treatment of panic attacks and other related anxiety issues. The motivation behind this type of therapy is to empower you through the power of suggestion helping you overcome limiting beliefs.

Hypnotherapists approaches may differ, some offer unique approaches, others work intuitively; some may include other self help empowerment tools. The basics are relaxing you into a trance state, then neutralising the issue/s you are faced with then the empowerment is implemented. You might be given specific tools or triggers to naturally or specifically activate during an attack or sensing the attack. Some hypnotherapists are so skilful they will begin the journey of slowly eliminating the cause and replace it with empowerment; they are called suggestions and auto suggestions.

The purpose of this is to free you as best from the attack and condition the subconscious in accepting what you require for your life pertaining to this issue. Hypnotherapy teaches you valuable skills and techniques in relaxation and claiming your power back, it is utilised by people from all walks of life as an effective life changer to success, prosperity, health and wealth.

“Change your mind and you change your life” -Dr John Souglides Ph.D.

Hypnotherapy is life giving, it can be utilised to overcome negative belief systems and negative thinking and boost self-esteem, self-esteem, self-approval, confidence, self-love. Low self-esteem and thinking of this nature may be a major contributor to your panic attacks, therefore addressing these behaviours can really help.

Hypnotherapy is a very broad topic; there are many techniques in dealing best with a situation, after all everything begins in mind and best to resolve it from where it originated from. Hypnotherapists offer self hypnosis to their clients, this empowers their clients / patients to continue their treatment at home.

Panic attacks and self-hypnosis

The most common technique is learning about the ‘trigger’, this empowers you in switching on a self empowerment trigger point or movement. Creating a calm state of being by neutralising out of balance activated anxiety, panic, fear reaction. This technique could be activated by drinking water, holding your hands or fingers in a specific way, literally anything that will activate a positive-condition-action-reaction.

The purpose is to simply trigger and activate an opposite experience resulting in balance, calmness, stability. Self hypnosis differs in technique, level required to get a reaction in a positive outcome. Every situation depends on the perception and experience of a past situation. Reason each trigger may be unique to the next person. The object is taking your life back and living it as best and as free as possible.

Hypnosis is risk free and may not be suitable for everyone; it is a natural powerful alternative addressing core issues. When you overcome your panic disorder you are free. Some combine hypnotherapy with other treatments, speak to your doctor about including hypnotherapy to your treatment plan to discuss the suitability.

Avoid it

Seek and receive appropriate treatment, review some lifestyle changes to self help in lessening or preventing panic attack.


  • eat regularly

  • eat things that stabilize your blood sugar levels

  • exercise

  • cut out excess wheat, gluten and sugar

  • scheduling time to relax is key

  • utilise hypnotherapy relaxation techniques

  • take up meditation, yoga, tai-chi, chi-kung

  • listen to calm relaxing music


  • triggering substances

  • alcohol, drugs and even caffeine

  • stimulants can increase your anxiety levels

  • stimulants can increase your panic attack

Make notes when you get panic attacks, think what you did during your day like the food you at, what you drank, see if a pattern emerges

The one best thing to do when you are having a panic attack is to concentrate on your breathing, breathe deeply and slowly, visualise the breath is instantly or very quickly relaxing you, deeper and deeper. Think of breathing deeply into your belly rather than your chest, this will allow the diaphragm to work properly and bring your breath back to normal and you should stop over-breathing. Always remember to breathe, if you feel like your heart is going to stop well it isn’t, focus only on your breathing.