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Anxiety and Panic Attacks


I know how miserable it is to suffer from anxiety and panic attacks; that state of always feeling on edge or panicked, unable to relax or rationalise how you feel. It’s debilitating and destabilising – but the good news is, hypnotherapy can help.

Anxiety is the manifestation of our subconscious mind going into protection mode. Anxiety is the physical alarm bell our automatic nervous system uses to warn us about, and prepare us for, dangerous situations. Put another way, anxiety is the body’s way of keeping us safe.

When something – a situation or a thought – triggers our nervous system, it immediately kickstarts a physical ‘fight or flight’ reaction which prompts us to make a decision either to face the danger or to flee from it.

Anxiety symptoms are varied. At their mildest, we might experience butterflies in the stomach. But more severe symptoms can include shaking, a racing heart, hot flushes, chest pains, breathlessness, dizziness, pins and needles and a sensation of feeling ‘unreal’ in the company of others.

Though often very intense, these symptoms are completely harmless and are actually part of our genetic instinct for self-preservation. The power of hypnotherapy lies in allowing you to identify and then deal with the triggers that cause these responses in the first place.