How I overcame my PAMs

I have suffered from panic attacks over the years and I know full well how they make you feel. I called them my PAM’s (Panic Attack Monsters). I used to want to tow a large box around me when out and about. This box I could get in to when I felt an attack coming on. I could then be on my own and release the fear.

Panic is a natural response to feeling stressed in dangerous situations. Everyone experiences feelings of anxiety and panic at certain times. However, panic attacks come on spontaneously even when you are not feeling stressed or anxious. They produce symptoms that are very frightening and hard to comprehend. Once a panic attack happens, the fear comes that another one will happen. This then develops in to a ”fear” of a “fear”

Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder where you regularly have sudden attacks of panic or fear. It can happen at any time, often for no reason. Your body can experience a rush of intense mental and physical symptoms, from mild to severe.

A panic attack can be very distressing and frightening although they are not dangerous. The symptoms can include a racing heart, sweating, nausea, feeling faint, shortness of breath, dry mouth, ringing in your ears, trembling and a feeling of dread or a fear of dying to name a few.

The amount of panic attacks you will have depend on how severe your condition is. Some people have them once or twice a week while others can have them once a month.

They usually last between 5 and 10 minutes although some have been reported to last up to an hour and will leave you feel drained afterwards.

Although it can sometimes be difficult to talk to people about your feelings, personal life and emotions, try not to feel anxious or embarrassed. With my experience with Panic Attacks and, as a Solution-Focussed Hypnotherapist, I can help you.

There are no real treatments for Panic Attacks but understand what they are and why you are experience them will help you to cope with them more effectively.

Sessions aim to reduce the number of panic attacks you have, and to understand how your brain works and breathing techniques to help you keep calm during an attack. You may need between 3-6 sessions depending on your symptoms and access your progress.

I will show you exactly what happens in your brain when a Panic Attack begins. Once you understand this, you will know that is it not life threatening, even though you believe you are having a possible heart attack. You will be able to start to train your brain in how to react and this will stop the attacks. It will be hard work but, in partnership with me, you will beat it.