Panic attacks their symptoms, getting treatment and help
What is a panic attack?
“A panic attack is a sudden overwhelming feeling of acute and disabling anxiety”
In the Glasgow and Paisley area panic attacks are not uncommon so please read on to see how I can help you.
A panic attack according to the NHS is an unbalanced extreme psychological and physical reaction to anxiety.
In the most simple terms the body secretes extreme amounts of adrenaline in line with its “fight or flight survival mode”.Without being in immediate danger and your body and mind becomes hyper vigilant and creates a panic attack.
Panic attack symptoms
Psychological panic attack symptoms:
- We develop an overwhelming crippling feeling of fear.
- Also a lack of reality and we become detached from our surroundings mentally.
- We can develop sudden attacks for no clear reason that can last between 5 to 20 minutes.
- They are not dangerous and don’t cause physical harm.
Physical panic attack symptoms:
- Heart palpitations
- Hyperventilation (shortness of breath)
- Choking sensation
- Chest pains
- Feeling sick
- Our bodies attempt to take in more air and oxygen ->
- then our breathing quickens ->
- more adrenaline is released ->
- the heart beats faster ->
- muscles tense up.
This reaction makes our bodies go into “fight or flight” for no apparent conscious reason and the chain continues and a panic attack can develop.
Immediate treatment and help for panic attacks
Slowing your breathing may help i.e.
- Breathe in for a count of 4 through the nose.
- Hold the breath for a count of 4 in the lungs.
- Breath out for a count of 4 through the mouth.
- Continue to do this until calmness happens.
The reason for this is to return the bodies carbon dioxide levels to normal away from the much higher oxygenated level it is in.
Further routine help and treatment for panic attacks can be to:
- Avoid caffeine
- Avoid alcohol
- Avoid smoking
- Eat regularly and a balanced diet
Panic attacks is there a cure?
Yes there is!
Hypnosis, NLP and Mindfulness have proven an excellent cure to stop panic attacks.
Many techniques exist to aid relaxation, scramble symptoms and re frame the experience as examples of therapy and treatment.
What to do now
There is no need to live with panic attacks and anxiety as they can be dealt with in a few treatment sessions normally.
So please get in touch to see how I can help you get control back of your life.
How to get to me from Glasgow or Paisley
- My office is within easy reach of Glasgow city center and the center of Paisley.
- There is ample free parking here and my office is within easy walking distance of two train stations.
- Trains from Glasgow run every 10 minutes during the day.
- Buses also run from Glasgow every 10 minutes daily.
I look forward to hearing from you and being able to help you live a life free of panic attacks.