When I write blog entries I like to use topics that are commonly searched for. One that often comes up is managing panic attacks. I don’t understand why this is so highly searched. Bear with me, I know you will be thinking of course people want to know how to manage panic attacks! But, why not search ‘overcome panic attacks’. Set the bar higher. Let’s not manage it, let’s get rid of it!
Lets not put up with, lets eliminate it!
The ambition of anyone that has panic attacks should be simple, to stop them happening. Not managing panic attacks, putting an end to them!
This made me wonder if people realise they are actually able to overcome them. That they are not something that they have to put up with and manage! Maybe it is within our culture, that we don’t seek solutions, we seek, how to make the best of it. I’m not sure why, but what I am sure about is, managing panic attacks isn’t how to deal with them.
What I have just said is quite a bold statement and is one that I believe. So what is the solution to panic attacks? Well, there are likely to be many. I am aware of 2, and trained to a high standard in both to provide the best possible outcome of success.
For the record, this post isn’t just about driving traffic to my door. If you are local or want to work via Skype, then please, get in touch here. This blog is also here to provide information for those that aren’t local or use Skype. There are solutions to your problems and these could be them.
The three types of therapy I use are BWRT,Hypnoanalysis and Educational Therapy. Let’s take a look at why a panic attack happens and how each therapy can help.
Panic attacks usually originate in the formative years of childhood and take two distinct forms. Random, which can happen without a recognisable trigger. Triggered, where the sufferer is aware of what will cause one to happen.
The symptoms can include: dizziness, sweating, hot flushes, fast heart rate, fast breathing, and feelings of impending doom, legs and arms turning to jelly, trembling, shaking, vomiting, and feelings of Fear itself!
There is a conflict between the psyche of the subconscious and conscious aspects of the brain. The conscious aspect of our brain knows we are safe, but the subconscious believes we aren’t. Because it is the duty of the subconscious to keep us safe it always overrides what we want to do. Even when we know we are safe!!
What causes someone to suffer from Panic Disorder?
The foundation of suffering of this condition usually occurs in the childhood years. Hypnoanalysis is a powerful tool that can eradicate Panic Disorder and also gives the reason behind it. What is found when undertaking hypnoanalysis is usually a repressed emotion(s).
A repressed emotion
Repression happens when we experience an event, but are so overwhelmed the event is removed from conscious thought. This means that we forget it has happened. At that moment we were unable to deal with the overpowering emotion so we stored it subconsciously, but out of reach from consciousness. This means that we have a record of it happening in case we need to react to it again, but we don’t have to think about it again. This is a clever way that we protect ourselves. We use experiences to create templates on ways to react. But because this was so traumatic we don’t want to have to relive it again.
Unfortunately a repressed event creates an incorrect belief in our psyche about something. This is because they happen in childhood and we mistake a traumatic event as life or death. So often, these events are nothing more than childhood pranks gone wrong. We were just too young to know better at the time, that they weren’t as bad as we initially believed. Even if the event was traumatic by anyone’s standards, they still shouldn’t have the hold over us as adults as they do.
The time bomb.
The created repression will stay dormant until a similar event happens. The symptoms will only appear if life presents something similar. This means that the repression can stay dormant for an unlimited amount of time. If the experience was a common event, then it may well be released days or weeks after. If, for example, it was related to a plane and you didn’t fly on one again for 40 years, it could stay dormant for decades. In some cases, if you never flew again, it may never be released!
The repression may or may not have anything to do with your presenting issues, but it is the catalyst! The release of the repression will then associate itself with whatever is happening at that moment. For instance, if you are in a busy crowd you will likely develop agoraphobia, if you are flying, aerophobia. Once the repression is released and attaches to something in your life you will start feeling anxious. The natural response is to attempt to avoid that situation. But Anxiety has a knack of morphine from one thing to another. This is because the body is required to release the emotion, but if you are avoiding the trigger it will then stick to another event or situation.
A case Study
This is a case study of a client I successfully treated to a full recovery who suffered Panic Disorder.
At the age of 29 the client suffered a panic attack on an aeroplane, the exact moment of the release of the repression. He immediately stopped flying as he believed he would have another one if he did. Because the repression had now come to life whilst flying the clients presenting issue was fear of flying. As commonly done, the client then avoided flying. But because he avoided flying the anxiety needed to attach to something else. The client then started to feel discomfort on trains, then buses, then taxis. As he avoided each form of travel it just moved on to the next. All the way to the point where the only form of travel he could do was driving himself.
The anxiety, then morphed across to small spaces. You can probably see why, as all forms of transport are usually limited in space. He then couldn’t use lifts or then be in meetings at work in small rooms. Off the back of this, a social anxiety was born because he was worried about showing his anxiety at work or in front of friends. So he started to avoid social interaction as best he could. Then there was another wave of morphing towards the client on his health.
This client developed Generalised Anxiety Disorder as well as having a Panic Disorder. The problem with panic attacks is that once you have one, you are likely to worry about having another. This worry in itself is then enough to have a panic attack. You then get stuck in a cycle of avoiding and worrying and often still having panic attacks.
The repression coming to life doesn’t always have to be as obvious as this example on the plane. People can’t always put their finger on when their anxiety started as it can be more gradual after the release of the repression.
It is the release of the original repression that can cause Panic Disorder to start. The repression itself could have been anything and often has little or no resemblance to the presenting problems. After taking this client through analysis we actually found the root cause of the repression. As an 11 year old they were caught in a fight and got cornered and unable to get out. This repression was activated on the aeroplane as the body at that point felt the same as he felt in that moment.
This is the interesting aspect of the way the brain works. What started off as a fight as a child, ended with the adult suffering panic disorder!
Now we know how and why – The Treatment!
Hypnotherapy – Hypnoanalysis
Firstly, Hypnoanalysis, which is an advanced form of Hypnotherapy. The analysis allows the client to be regressed to the point of the first trigger. This trigger is then brought into consciousness and reframed by the client. This then allows the child’s take on it to be replaced by the adults. At this point catharsis will happen and the client will start to get better. This can take between 6 and 12 sessions to complete. For more information on Hypnoanalysis click here.
Secondly, BWRT, which stands for Brain Working Recursive Therapy. BWRT doesn’t work on finding the original trigger like analysis does. It works on changing the responses that are created when the triggers are activated. So when you feel panicky you would decide to feel calm instead. When the trigger is then next fired you don’t panic you feel calm. BWRT can be a quicker therapy than analysis depending on how many triggers we are working on. For more information on BWRT click here
Thirdly, Educational therapy. The above two are my successful tools for eliminating panic. But, I do provide support on educating someone on what is happening behind the scenes. Understanding panic disorder is half the battle but, it is not a truly preventative measure. Understanding that no actual harm can come to you and this is due to your Fight or Flight response is powerful in removing the fear. If you can minimise the fear of a panic attack you stand a good chance of not having another one. Or, if you do, at least being able to deal with it better.
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No more managing panic attacks, lets eliminate them.