Panic Attacks

What actually is a panic attack? An attack is an acute feeling of anxiety and fear, which may occur suddenly. So what induces a panic attack? What do they feel like? How dangerous are they?

Some panic attacks can be brought on by focusing on a negative feelings or fear: this can be as far reaching as worrying about a presentation at work, or going into a crowded shopping centre. The nature of the fear is as individual as the person's thoughts. When one focuses on the fear, the fear becomes more intense.

The sufferer may feel an overpowering sense of anxiety and fear, thus causing the sufferer to hyperventilate, which in turn can cause:

Feeling dizzy or faint Fear of dying

Palpitations Sweating

Chest pains Shaking limbs

Pins and needles Feelings of loss of reality

Numbness of hands and feet Feeling sick

A panic attack can be extremely frightening; the sufferer may believe they are having a heart attack or stroke. Panic attacks in themselves are not lethal, but a person suffering from an attack may feel as though they are dying. A sufferer may prefer to avoid stressful situations, then face it full on and suffer an attack. Sometimes attacks may occur for no apparent reason; often stressful events, or if you are feeling over tired this can trigger a panic attack.

Fortunately there are ways to combat these feelings. Relaxation and the calming effect of deep and regular breathing  can reduce the dizziness and encourage a more relaxed state of mind. Understanding about your attack may be the key to give you some insight, and help you cope and relieve some of the symptoms, which you may have experienced before. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy can be very successful in combating panic attacks. By exploring what is going on for you, what is triggering your panic attack, and looking at ways to diminish these negative thoughts. A therapist would work towards giving the client information and tools, to help themselves, on a daily basis. Thus encouraging a more relax and happy outcome.

For more information about:

Counselling Manchester or  Hypnotherapy in Manchester, Cognitive Behaviour therapy, Person Centred Counselling and or Holistic therapy.