How Clinical Hypnosis Has Been Proven to Help with Panic Attacks
Updated: Oct 6
Panic attacks can be extremely debilitating and if you are experiencing one, it is important to know that there are ways to stop a panic attack in its tracks. But panic attacks are not life-threatening and there are always ways to stop them in their tracks. One of the most effective ways is through Clinical Hypnosis.
As has been discussed previously, Clinical Hypnosis uses guided relaxation and positive suggestions to help people with many issues. It is very commonly used for anxiety, stress, and pain relief, and can be measurably helpful when you are seeking help specifically with the guidance of an experienced Clinical Hypnotist.
Hypnosis has been shown to be an effective treatment for panic attacks because it helps people manage their emotions in a more effective way.
Stress responses are integrated and mediated by the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis during early life as well as subsequent adversity. Physical and social threats activate the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system. In anxious states, neurons in the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) project to the amygdala and increase the stress response.
Clinical hypnosis has been found to relieve stress, fear, and anxiety. Furthermore, it can be used to cope with the symptoms of panic disorder.
Researchers believe that panic attacks are the result of a malfunctioning fight or flight system, which is often triggered by stressors in one's life or traumatic experiences. When the nervous system in your brain is overly sensitized, it is more likely to experience panic attacks, perhaps as a result of being activated frequently, intensely, or both. The neurological basis for panic is not necessarily a 'chemical imbalance,' as your physician may suggest, but rather an oversensitized "fear system"...
How to Overcome Panic Attacks with Hypnosis and Become Stress-Free in the Process
During hypnosis, a person suffering from panic disorder may be guided to increase their awareness of specific symptoms and overcome limiting behaviors. As an example, the hypnotist may ask the client to focus on their panic attacks once the client has become relaxed. By bringing awareness to their physical sensations, feelings, and thoughts, such as chest pain, shaking, or fear, the individual will be better able to cope with their attacks. In addition to using calming words of encouragement, the hypnotist may also suggest ways to cope with these feelings, such as “Taking deep breaths during your panic attacks makes you feel calmer.”
One method used is when a Clinical Hypnotist helps a client regress to the age when the nervous system was first experiencing these fears and was unable to complete the natural response when a panic attack begins to unfold. Utilizing the age regression technique, the client can return to the moments of terror, fear, shame, grief, etc. to create a corrective experience. The uniqueness of hypnosis lies in its ability to address both the client's physical and emotional experiences at the same time and to use both to locate the source of the problem and heal it.
As previously stated, unresolved stress in the mind and body can become chronic and contribute to anxiety disorders. In the process of resolving the stress, clients are able to notice emotions that are trapped in their physical bodies. Fighting or resisting panic attack symptoms can often exacerbate them. A panic attack can cause a person to lose their balance if they live solely out of their conscious minds. There is no 'rational' rationale for such an experience to occur. This is where Clinical Hypnosis excels. A hypnotist invites clients to enter their subconscious minds where they can experience healing, insight, spiritual gifts, and extraordinary states of resourcefulness. It is important to note that when a patient is experiencing a panic attack, they are exhibiting physical symptoms on a grand scale, and this signals to them that danger lies ahead for them. Physiological symptoms may snowball as a result. Through hypnosis, clients are able to discover whether their panic attacks are severe or frequent.
With the help of hypnosis, the sympathetic nervous system is triggered to activate the fight-flight cycle. Clinical Hypnosis can unlock a tremendous amount of information through these systems.
Clinical Hypnosis may be of great help with how you will react to events that once triggered panic.
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