Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Depression
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.
One in four of us can suffer depression in our lives and depression can happen to the best of us and is not your fault; millions of people suffer some form of depression each and every year.
Does life seem pointless? Is it a struggle just to get out of bed in the morning? Is happiness a distant memory that seems forever lost? If you find yourself wondering why you just can not "snap out of it" and get it together, the answer is simple - depression has rolled over you like a dense endless fog. Hypnotherapy will help you deal with all issues of depression and allow you to discover a way forward. If you are wondering when depression is going to let go of you and give you back your life, you are asking the wrong question. You need to ask yourself what are you going to do to take control of the situation and overcome your depression.
Together we can work through your issues and safely help you deal with the root causes of your depression. Working with the power of your unconscious minds you can make quick powerful changes to how you are feeling and dealing with life.
Panic attacks can feel as though they’re occurring spontaneously, without any thought or trigger behind them. It is important to note you very rarely experience a pure feeling without any thought triggering those emotions. We can help identify and change those thoughts, which add to your disturbed feelings. During hypnotherapy we can deal with the emotional aspect, so you begin to relate feelings of relaxation to those times where you used to feel anxious.
When you experience a panic attack, it’s because it is due to a natural response of fight or flight. Whenever you are in a new environment or sense any danger, the emotional part of our brain kicks in. It’s primary objective is to keep us safe, which is perfectly fine and normal for us, but when you relate those feelings to situations such as giving presentation or going to see the dentist, it is working falsely and irrationally. During hypnotherapy we can quickly eliminate this response.
When you have been dealing with panic attacks for so long, you can develop what is called a secondary disturbance, this is when you experience anxiety about anxiety, which contributes to those intense feelings. If you are worried about the potential of having a panic attack you increase its power. We help prepare for this by learning what the triggers are that cause those initial thoughts and feelings, we work at reducing those responses.
Symptoms of panic attacks include:
Rapid, irregular heartbeats