Panic Attacks Derby Providing help with Panic Attacks Derby is perhaps the biggest ailment that I get consulted with. It may surprise you to know that probably 50% of the population have suffered with them – or high anxiety at some time in their lives. The good news is that they CAN be overcome.
When you suffer with this disorder, helpful suggestions of “just pull yourself together” don’t help do they – and the fact is that until you’ve suffered with it you simply don’t understand how disabling this problem is. When you suffer with this form of high anxiety you start to avoid situations / places where you’ve had panics before. For me its how agoraphobia develops . [Wikipedia – an anxiety disorder characterized by symptoms of anxiety in situations where the person perceives the environment to be unsafe with no easy way to get away.These situations can include open spaces, public transit, shopping malls, or simply being outside the home ]
Symptoms of panic disorder
Many years ago when I needed help with panic attacks Derby I can still graphically remember being literally rooted to the spot with a feeling of intense panic – which came literally from nowhere. After that I suffered severe chest pains – which, had I not been so young and fit the Doctors said they’d have thought I had a heart condition.Therefore, the symptoms of a panic attack can be very frightening and distressing. Symptoms therefore do tend to occur suddenly, without warning and often for no apparent reason.
As well as overwhelming feelings of anxiety, a panic attack can also cause a variety of other symptoms, including:
- A sensation that your heart is beating irregularly (palpitations)
- Hot flushes
- Shortness of breath
- A choking sensation
- Chest pain
- Feeling faint
- Numbness or pins and needles
- Dry mouth
- A need to go to the toilet
- Ringing in your ea
- A feeling of dread or a fear of dying
- A churning stomach
- A tingling sensation in your fingers
The physical symptoms of panic attacks are unpleasant, and they can also be accompanied by thoughts of fear and terror.
For this reason, people with panic disorder start to fear the next attack, which creates a cycle of living in ‘fear of fear’ and adds to the sense of panic.
Sometimes, the symptoms of panic attacks can be so intense they can make you feel like you’re having a heart attack.
However, it’s important to be aware that symptoms such as a racing heartbeat and shortness of breath won’t result in you having a heart attack. Although panic attacks can often be frightening, they don’t cause any physical harm. People who have had panic disorder for some time usually learn to recognise this ‘heart attack sensation’ and become more aware of how to control their symptoms.
Most panic attacks last for five to 20 minutes. Some attacks have been reported to have lasted up to an hour. However, it’s likely that in these cases one attack occurred straight after another or high levels of anxiety were felt after the first attack.
Recurrent panic attacks
People with panic disorder have panic attacks on a recurring basis. Some people have attacks once or twice a month, while others have them several times a week.
People with panic disorder also tend to have ongoing and constant feelings of worry and anxiety. The panic attacks associated with panic disorder can be very unpredictable.
If you have panic disorder and need help with panic attacks in Derby, you may also feel very anxious about when your next attack will be (as a Therapist I have found that this is very common).
During a panic attack your symptoms can be so intense and out of your control that you can feel detached from the situation, your body and your surroundings. It can almost feel as if you’re an observer, making the situation seem very unreal.
This sense of detachment is known as depersonalisation. Being detached from the situation doesn’t provide any relief or make a panic attack less frightening. Instead, it often makes the experience more confusing and disorientating. (Again very common).
To conclude, getting help with Panic Attacks Derby is something you should seek. Think about it….if your TV or Washing Machine breaks down you get it repaired or replaced – don’t you ! …..yet why as humans do we continue to put up with these ailments. For me, experience has indicated that if you put up with them – the symptoms only seem to get worse over time.
See also my website page http://alexanderpractice.co.uk/hypnotherapy-services/anxiety-and-panic-attack-in-derby/ or call me now on 07582 865 265 for a free confidential discussion. Geoffrey Schofield D.CBT D.Hyp