Anxiety Counselling, Panic Attacks, Lack of Confidence, Low Self Esteem, Banbury.
Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Lack of Confidence, Low Self Esteem and Depression
Some of the most common causes of concern that we deal with here at The Paloma Centre are Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Lack of Self Confidence, Low Self Esteem and Depression.
The cause of, and the experience of these difficult issues is different for everyone and therefore so is the answer going to be different for everyone, except to say that there is rarely a "quick fix", it takes a little patience and understanding and a willingness to work with the therapist to get over these issues in order to move on in life.
These concerns usually have both a logical component and a very highly charged emotional content and so no one type or style of therapy is the most effective for everyone and so we usually use a blend of techniques taken from various therapies to create an answer that is specific to yourself, because no one else will be experiencing it quite like you are. For example we will often use elements of CBT and Counselling to deal with the way that you "see" the world along with techniques taken from Meridian Energy Therapies to deal with the emotional side of things. Life coaching structures can then help you move on to new, more enjoyable ways of life.
To find out how we can help you overcome your concern or achieve your aims in life, why not call David on 01295 812138 or visit our website at The Paloma Centre ( www.thepalomacentre.com ). The Paloma Centre, which adheres strictly to the practise guidelines and requirements of the regulatory body, UKCP, is a personal growth and therapy centre which provides an holistic approach to emotional healing and personal development.
Relevant Reading on Panic Attacks and Anxiety - Hypnotherapy titles
What are Panic Attacks?
Panic attacks often feel,or appear to be, totally illogical and without cause, in fact they are just the reverse usually having a well defined root cause and thereby an opportunity to overcome them through therapy. Characterised by feelings of hot flushes, sweating, racing thoughts, fast and shallow breathing and feeling the need to "escape" from the present situation they are at times overwhelming and lead us to behave in what we feel are irrational ways, in fact once understood the reactions are entirely rational.
Panic attacks are caused by the body producing large amounts of natural chemicals, such as adrenalin, in response to a percieved threat or danger. The threat may not be immediately apparent to us consciously but the reaction is the same - it is the basic fight, flight or freeze response. In primitive man such instinctive reactions may have served to save our lives. In modern man where our behaviour has been modified to conform to social "norms" we neither fight nor flee anymore and so the adrenalin exhausts itself through indirect energy release, heat, sweating etc and while doing so causes us confusion and discomfort. The need to "escape", typically from supermarket queues for example, is the true "Flight" response taking over.
So it is a perfectly normal bodily response but one that is occurring in an inappropriate or exagerated manner or circumstance.
Typical symptoms of a Panic Attack:
* breathing fast and/or shallow or difficulty in breathing normally at all
* consequent light-headedness or dizzyness
* increased heart rate leading to increased blood pressure, fear of heart attack or stroke
* actual chest pains or tingling in extremities
* inability to move, "freezing"
* feeling sick or needing the toilet urgently
* hot flushes, rapid temperature changes
* urgent feelings of needing to "escape", "flight" response
* feelings of alarm, panic and danger
These may be experienced in any combination according to the individual.
So if these are perfectly natural, but inappropriate in the circumstances, why do they happen when there is no real present threat or danger? Frequently the "threat" is related to something in the past and the present circumstances may quite unconsciously remind us of that event or circumstance; it may be similar or indirectly related to the past event and our deep memory triggers the response. This past event may be a traumatic experience that we choose not to hold in our consciousness but bury it in our unconscious mind,or repress it, because it is so frightening. Other triggers may be much more innocuous, simply reminding us of an embarrassing moment we would rather forget - the response is the same. It is something in the present moment that reminds us of a past circumstance which makes us want to run away - identifying the trigger(s) is the key to successful therapy and overcoming the attacks. There are other practical measures which can be taken and some of these are listed below.
When experiencing a panic attack:
Accept that this is happening
Slow down, you have been here before, this is familiar not strange
Take control of your breathing, slow and deep breaths, not exagerated, just slow and deep
Tell yourself reassuring things such as It's OK, I'm OK really, this will pass in a moment or two
Remember, this will pass - and soon
Count to ten, slowly
Let the first "rush" pass, understanding what it is will help you take control
Distract yourself with something outside your present circumstance - look out of the window, count cars, whatever
If you can, try to understand what the triggers were that caused it
If appropriate make yourself a hot drink or a sandwhich, keep yourself fuelled
Try to control it, not have it control you.
More general things to do:
Try to avoid caffeine in tea, coffee, energy drinks
Eat a balanced sensible diet, keep yourself energised
Think about your life, pace yourself, are you doing too much?
Try to take stressful issues or people out of your life
Work on achieving a good Work/Life balance
Have a variety of interests - and give them some of your time
Take a little time to think calmly about these attacks and what might be causing them, the answers may well lay in your memories
Panic attacks are debilitating and can blight your life. If you feel that they are out of control seek professional help. By all means just pick up the phone and talk it through with us first, we are here to help if we can.
CBT Techniques can be very helpful
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