Therapy For Anxiety & Panic Attacks In Derby
When the feeling of dread or worry is constantly there, therapy for anxiety & panic attacks in Derby – managing anxiety and coping with panic attacks can help.
Is Anxiety or Panic ruining your quality of life?
Anxiety and Panic Attacks are very real and can be debilitating, they can prevent you from living a full and satisfying life and limit your enjoyment, when you are in the grip of panic or a severe episode of anxiety it can feel like the world is ending.
In providing therapy for anxiety & panic attacks in Derby I’ve found that although the physical symptoms are very real and sometimes very powerful, the good news is that you won’t die from your anxiety, though the effects of it over time can harm your health. However, you can find ways to lesson or even stop the feelings of anxiety or panic altogether. Therapy for anxiety & panic attacks in Derby seeks to discover the ‘trigger’ to your anxiousness and gently show you ways to manage your response to it.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is the body responding to a perceived threat or danger. When there is something to be afraid of, or when we think there is something to be afraid of, our body, or perhaps more accurately our brain prepares our body to go into ‘fight or flight’ mode.
This could be something that presents itself as a physical danger however more often feeling anxious is our emotional response to fears around an insecurity or threat that we perceive exists, for example other people’s expectations of us, or the expectations we have of ourselves.
What are the Symptoms of Anxiety or Panics ?
A panic attack is a severe attack of anxiety and fear, which occurs suddenly, often without warning, and for no apparent reason. Various other symptoms then occur during a panic attack. These include one or more of the following:
- Palpitations or a thumping heart.
- Sweating and trembling.
- Hot flushes or chills.
- Feeling short of breath, sometimes with choking sensations.
- Chest pains.
- Feeling sick.
- Feeling dizzy, or faint.
- Fear of dying or going crazy.
- Numbness, or pins and needles.
- Feelings of unreality, or being detached from yourself.
- Feeling rooted to the spot
- Feelings of intense panic for no apparent reason
“Hi Geoffrey. I just wanted to say thanks for all your help over the past few weeks – I feel so much better. Rebecca”
What are Panic Attacks?
Panic attacks are a combination of the above symptoms that are so strong you can feel as though you are having a heart attack or even that you are dying. This fear, that you may be dying, in turn creates more anxiety and the symptoms intensify. . . becoming a horrible vicious circle.
The physical symptoms that occur with panic attacks do not mean there is a physical problem with the heart, chest, etc. The symptoms mainly occur because of an ‘overdrive’ of nervous impulses from the brain to various parts of the body during a panic attack.
During a panic attack you tend to over-breathe (hyperventilate). If you over-breathe you ‘blow out’ too much carbon dioxide which changes the acidity in the blood. This can then cause more symptoms such as confusion and cramps, and make palpitations, dizziness, and pins and needles worse. This can make the attack seem even more frightening, and make you over-breathe even more, and so on.A panic attack usually lasts 5-10 minutes, but sometimes they come in ‘waves’ for up to two hours.
So What Causes High Anxiety / Panics ?
At least 1 in 10 people have occasional panic attacks and it may surprise you to learn that something like 50% of the population suffer from Panic Attacks at some time of their lives – and tend to occur most in young adults. Twice as many women than men have panic attacks. Anyone can have a panic attack, but they also tend to run in some families – but simply speaking they generally occur due to a build up of sustained strain or pressure over a period of time – sometimes culminating in a panic attack in a scenario when you are just going about your normal life. Although the exact causes of panic attacks and panic disorder are unclear there appears to be a connection with major life transitions such as graduating from college and entering the workplace, getting married, and having a baby. Severe stress, such as the death of a loved one, divorce, or job loss can also trigger a panic attack. Panic attacks usually occur for no apparent reason. The cause is not clear. Stressful life events such as bereavement may sometimes trigger a panic attack.
Anxiety Behaviours (You may notice some of these in yourself )
Avoidance as a response to Anxiety – Avoidance is a common behaviour adopted, by some, to attempt to control the situation, for example, avoiding certain places or people or only feeling able to do certain things if restrictions are in place.
- Avoiding or delaying responding to invites or avoiding speaking or contacting someone so that you can ‘play for time’ until you can think of a way to avoid the social event or meeting.
- Leaving the opening of emails in your inbox or putting off opening your email inbox all together “if I don’t see it isn’t there and I don’t have to do anything about it”.
- Letting your mobile go to voicemail rather than pick up an unknown call or a call from a recognised number that may require you to respond.
- These all attempt to ‘delay’ the time when you need to do something, in the hope that you will feel ‘more able to’ in the future. But of course, they only make the ‘thing’ worse and your anxiety around it gets stronger.
- The over use of medication, smoking or drinking to ‘cope’ with the symptoms. However rather than helping, stopping or treating anxiety, this makes the anxiety worse.
- Future dates in your diary such as birthday drinks, a wedding invitation, a work meeting etc. fill you with a feeling of dread.
- Your mobile ringing or an email ‘pinging’ in your inbox makes you feel anxious and overwhelmed.
- You are aware that although there is no specific event or thing that you are worried or anxious about, you feel overwhelmed by a constant ‘sense’, ‘feeling’ or ‘presence’ of dread and fear.
- Avoiding travelling on Motorways or going to places you’re unfamiliar with
- Avoiding Shopping centres or other crowded areas
Although it may feel alleviated temporarily the anxiety has been avoided rather than dealt with . . . and because you avoid the thing that makes you anxious, you do not learn that the feared thing does not happen, or if it does, it is not as bad as imagined. The avoidance tactic serves only to intensify the anxiety so that your response to the ‘trigger’ grows larger rather than diminishes.
These behaviours have a dramatic impact upon your life and consequently to the feeling that your anxiety is controlling you. When the feeling of dread or worry is constantly there, Therapy for Anxiety and coping with Panic Attacks in Derby can help.
“Hi Geoff, Just wanted to send you a quick message to say thank you for all your help and support over the sessions we had. I could feel a difference after each session along the way and can notice significant changes since the sessions and its had a very positive impact on my life. The methods you used and the way you went about helping me really seemed to work well and made a big difference. Thanks again for your time and help. Best wishes. Daniel”
So How Can You Help me ?
When I provide therapy for anxiety & panic attacks in Derby it is most important to remember that the anxiety is the symptom. It may surprise you to learn that 50% of my clients suffer from high anxiety / panic attacks. Whilst it may well seem to you at this moment in your life that you will never recover let me assure you that I can help you to get your life back. I have carried out in excess of 9,000 client sessions over the last 15 years so would be most confident of helping you. Through my techniques of Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Stress Management I will relax you and indeed teach you how to relax and let go of those debilitating symptoms and enjoy life again.
If you would like to take the first step to stop feeling anxious or having Panic Attacks in Derby, contact Geoffrey in confidence to discuss Therapy for Anxiety in Derby.
Tel. 01332 559 126 / Mob. 07582 865 265