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Did you know....Panic attacks can be palpitations, a pounding heart, an accelerated heart rate, sweating, trembling or ...

Did you know....Panic attacks can be palpitations, a pounding heart, an accelerated heart rate, sweating, trembling or
shaking, shortness of breath and choking sensations? If you suffer from panic attacks, you're not alone. Take
advantage of todays treatments. Here are other symptoms and treatments for panic attacks.

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    • ==== ====Did you know....Panic attacks can be palpitations, a pounding heart, an accelerated heart rate,sweating, trembling shaking, shortness of breath and choking sensations? If you suffer from panicattacks, youre not alone. Take advantage of todays treatments. Here are other symptoms andtreatments for panic attacks.http://www.causeofpanicattacks.com==== ====Panic attacks are usually brief, although the sufferer may feel that they last forever. From anemotional perspective, panic attack symptoms may include feelings of intense fear, anoverwhelming sense of doom, being out of control, or a sense of unreality. The sufferers thoughtsmay race and jump about, without any logic or consistency.Physical panic attack symptoms may include some or all of the following sensations:Racing or pounding heart; palpitationsDifficulty breathing or tightness in the chestShallow, rapid breathingA choking feelingSevere trembling or shakingA rapid pulse rateSweatingA brief body temperature riseChest painDizziness or light-headednessNauseaFear of losing controlTingling or numbness in the extremitiesA feeling of not being physically anchored.A panic attack may leave the person feeling utterly exhausted afterward. This may be caused by
    • the flood of adrenaline and other stress hormones released when the panic attack starts. These"fight or flight" hormones cause an enormous output of the bodys energy resources. When theattack is over, exhaustion ensues as the body tries to recover.Many people who experience panic attack symptoms initially think they are having a heart attack.They may run to an emergency room or call an ambulance, only to be told no physical ailmentshave caused the intense feelings, sensations and other symptoms. Over time, the sufferer mayfeel as if he or she is losing his or her mind.It is hard to overestimate the debilitating and widespread effects of these attacks. People whosuffer from panic attacks often live in fear of the next attack, especially since they can beunpredictable. The attacks seem random and unwarranted and the sufferer worries they mayhave an attack when they are out among other people, or while driving or in other worrisomesituations. Panic attack victims sometimes become reclusive or agoraphobic (afraid to leave theirhome); they may lose important relationships and friends. These types of coping skills arisebecause of the randomness of the panic attacks. The person having the panic attacks withdrawsfrom social interaction because they fear being around other people when the panic attack starts.The fear of losing control in public and of not being able to stop the attack adds to the negativeimpact the panic attacks have on the persons life.Thus, we have the vicious circle aspect of panic attacks: the fear of panic attacks leads to anxietyabout the possibility of a panic attack occurring randomly, which can lead to a full-blown panicattack. Often patients cannot lead normal lives and end up on disability, unable to maintain a job.The panic attacks and panic attack symptoms literally control their lives.How can hypnosis help with panic attacks and panic attack symptoms? The key reason hypnosiscan help with panic attacks is that fears, anxieties, and, in fact, all emotions, originate in thesubconscious. The subconscious also controls involuntary physical functions, such as heart beat,respiration, etc. Hypnosis works in the realm of the subconscious. Therefore, the good news isthat the subconscious mind can be retrained to reinterpret both fear responses and panic-inducingsituations. There is a good chance that the person can use his mind to eventually free himselffrom panic attacks completely.A hypnotherapist will usually take multiple approaches to working with a panic attack sufferer.*For example, the person may be taught physical and mental relaxation techniques (important forcalming the racing heart and other physical panic attack symptoms), self-hypnosis, visualization,and guided imagery to use when he or she feels a panic attack approaching. The panic attacksufferer may be taught how to reinterpret sensations and feelings so that the early stages of thepanic attack do not escalate and become "full-blown."Deep, focused breathing techniques may be taught by the hypnotherapist. Breathing techniquesare a deceptively simple way to help panic attacks. Not only does focused deep breathing helpdistract the persons mind from the fear, but it also has a powerful subconscious effect. Weusually think of breathing as a totally automatic process. But when we bring our attention to ourbreathing, we can easily change the pace and depth of our breathing. This sends thesubconscious a reassuring and powerful message: "You are in control. You can control this panicattack." Further, deep breathing can help reverse the effects of shallow, rapid, panickedbreathing. It can increase oxygen flow to the brain, which can help restore calm, logical thought
    • processes.Hypnosis techniques may also focus on reassuring the subconscious mind that it is safe to releasethe fear and/or anxiety. Panic attacks may arise from a part of the subconscious that believes it iskeeping the person "safe" by sending them the message to panic. In other words, some part ofthe subconscious may think it senses danger or it may simply want the person to be alert todanger. So it sends messages to the persons conscious mind regarding extreme fear, doom, etc.to insure that the person is "paying attention." This part of the subconscious needs to feelreassured that the person has other ways of remaining safe, cautious, etc. Then it can bepersuaded to release the fear response. To accomplish this goal, the hypnotherapist may usecomplementary therapies such as Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), which is a form of"waking hypnosis" or "conversational hypnosis."Sometimes, a small amount of emotional relief can by given to the panic attack sufferer by simplyexplaining that his panic attack symptoms are not "crazy," "insane," or "irrational." Instead, thesymptoms seem "rational" from the perspective of that part of his subconscious that wants him tobe alert to danger and ultimately safe. Once the person understands the problem at a deeperlevel he or she may begin to feel that he or she is not "going crazy." This is one small step in thejourney back to emotional wellness.It should be emphasized that it may take multiple hypnosis sessions for the panic attack sufferer tofeel some relief. Over time, he or she will begin to feel more in control and empowered to stop apanic attack and its accompanying symptoms before they become overwhelming and/ordebilitating. Eventually, he or she may be able to completely eliminate panic attacks.*Hypnosis is not a substitute for medical, pharmaceutical or mental health treatment of panicattacks. Rather, hypnosis provides a wonderful complement to standard "talk therapy"(psychotherapy, etc.) and medical/psychiatric approaches to panic attacks. Hypnosis works withdoctors and mental health practitioners, not against them. Do not discontinue medical,pharmaceutical and/or mental health treatment for your panic attacks when you beginhypnotherapy.Loretta Sernekos, Ph.D., is a Certified Hypnotherapist in private practice in Cherry Hill, NJ andPhiladelphia, PA. You can visit her hypnosis practice website at http://www.sghypnosis.com formore information and audio podcasts. For additional hypnosis information and articles, bothmodern and antiquarian, visit http://www.hypnosisgateway.com.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Loretta_Sernekos
    • ==== ====Did you know....Panic attacks can be palpitations, a pounding heart, an accelerated heart rate,sweating, trembling shaking, shortness of breath and choking sensations? If you suffer from panicattacks, youre not alone. Take advantage of todays treatments. Here are other symptoms andtreatments for panic attacks.http://www.causeofpanicattacks.com==== ====