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Anxiety/Panic Attacks and Hypnosis

These disturbing attacks are sudden surges of overwhelming fear that come without warning and without any obvious reason. These attacks are far more intense than the feeling of being 'stressed out' that most people are familiar with, although they work in a similar fashion. The attack starts when the sub-conscious mind perceives a threat. The conscious mind is oblivious to the threat and does not recognise it, but the powerful subconscious mind forgets nothing and its primary function is to protect! As soon as the sub-conscious mind perceives a threat, the poor victim moves into a "Fight or Flight" response without knowing the reason, which adds to the victim's distress.

These frightening attacks can also be accompanied by physical effects such as heart palpitations, nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath, stomach aches, or headaches. Physically, the body prepares to deal with what it perceives as a threat. Blood pressure and heart rate are increased, sweating is increased, blood flow to muscle groups increases and immune and digestive system functions are inhibited in preparation to fend off the perceived threat.

Although to the victim it seems as though there is no reason for these attacks, this is not the case. It is simply that the conscious mind does not recognise the threat, only the sub-conscious mind. There is ALWAYS a reason for these attacks. Until you know what's causing the attacks, you don't know what to treat or how to treat it. Most other forms of treatment have no way of discovering the reason for these attacks, but hypnosis is a powerful tool for uncovering the reason that's locked away in the sub-conscious mind. Once discovered, hypnosis is a powerful tool for removing these unconscious fears and preventing further attacks.