Speaking Point: The experience of the panic attack can be debilitating but the treatment is often quite easy. As someone who has worked with people who have severe anxiety for years now in my private practice as a Hypnotherapist, it becomes more and more evident that our beliefs, opinions, and judgements create panic attacks. Take a look at that core belief and diminish or remove it's control over you and the anxiety and subsequent panic attack is gone.
Speaking Point: Reasons for Panic Attacks - A panic attack starts when someone is under large amounts of stress for an extended time. They don't know how to deal with the stress anymore, their bodies and minds can no longer handle it, and a panic attack occurs. From experience, a core belief is always at cause for the attack. How we think, what we believe, including our judgements and opinions create the experience of the attack. Personally, the one and only panic attack I experienced felt like a heart attack. The core of this physical pain was my thoughts about my abilities to achieve my goals and meet the expectations of my employer. I was living in lack and I could never succeed.
Speaking Point: Conditions of an attack - Many people who have a panic attack are aware that they're under a lot of stress and they're mostly aware that they're not dealing with that stress well. They experience sleeplessness, restless limbs, a feeling of helplessness, and often a lack of focus. They also are often easily irritated. Much of the time they are caught up in and deeply committed to the story they tell themselves about what is going on in their lives. Their story, or opinions and judgments, are what need to be addressed in order to deal with the attack.
Speaking Point: Learning to vent for anxiety relief - From a Hypnotherapist POV I look at this condition as a lack of venting. We teach people experiencing anxiety a process for venting that is similar to meditation and involves opening up the subconscious mind so it can work with the conscious mind in relieving or “dumping” the stress. It's also possible to desensitize the individual in this situation to the stressor. Recognizing what they're panicing about also helps. Talking about it, using NLP techniques like Reframing and Time Line Therapy, “tapping out” the stress like what's done using EFT, and digging into the core belief all help heal the anxiety.
Speaking Point: Panic Attacks Serve a Positive Intention - When a panic attack occurs the thoughts that go through the person's head having the panic attack are often catastrophic. Because they are in so much stress they tend to think the worse and mistake the symptoms for the panic attack as uncontrollable and even a heart attack. Recognizing that the attack is the bodie's way of releasing huge amounts of built up/unvented stress is important. Although it doesn't feel good and it isn't a positive experience the venting is a much needed thing. In a twisted non-logical way, the panic attack serves the person having it as it opens the flood gates for deeply repressed emotions to be expressed.
Speaking Point: Basics for dealing with a panic attack - There are some really basic tools that can come in handy for dealing with someone who may be building up to a panic attack. They are getting extra amounts of sleep, eating healthy food, removing sugar from your diet, talking about what you're going through, etc. If someone is experiencing a panic attack then key to their recovery I to remove them from the situation and/or place associated with the attack. If they're experiencing the classic “heart attack” feelings then getting them to a doctor is highly important just to be safe.
Speaking Point: Opinions and Judgements create lack - The core belief, opinion, and judgement usually assoicated with panic attacks is a personal fear of not being good enough, smart enough, talented enough, strong enough, etc. This experience of lack is all tied into the individual's belief system. Often letting go of these opinions relieves the attack.
Speaking Point: Culturally we are programmed to have panic attacks – The dominant message from our consumer culture is that you're not good enough...so you need whatever product is being sold in order to be better. The problem is that there is always another product and always another way to tell us the consumer that we aren't adequate.