Panic attacks are characterized by heightened feelings of disaster or of losing control even when there is no immediate threat. The fear can be limited to a specific circumstance, such as getting in an elevator or driving over a bridge, and some attempt to manage their disorder by avoiding certain situations. Many people associate agoraphobia with panic attacks. While agoraphobia was originally thought to involve a fear of public places and open spaces, experts now believe agoraphobia is a complication or outgrowth of panic attacks. People with panic disorder are fearful of having another attack and often avoid places where previous attacks have occurred. As their attacks become more frequent, their world gets smaller and smaller. About 6 million adult Americans suffer from varying degrees of panic disorder, with women being twice as likely to suffer from this mental health issue as men.
Source: Panic Disorder: Causes & Treatment for Panic Attacks | LiveScience
‘It got to the stage where I was constantly crying, not sleeping and eating and finding myself unable to breathe.’ Hannah worked as a visual merchandisers for a jewellery company and had to travel for up to a week at a time to different stores across the UK. The model says she can now pursue her dream career thanks to having hypnosis She said: ‘I’d worry about the entire journey from getting on the train, travelling to an unfamiliar place, having to hold leadership over staff and stores I didn’t feel comfortable in, before proceeding on these journeys I would cry for days in advance and struggled to sleep. ‘The more I had to travel, the more my panic escalated, I even broke down in tears a few times when I was away and whilst I was on the shop floor, when a panic attack hit, I’d struggle to breathe and felt like I was losing control of my own feelings and mind.’ Her anxiety was so bad, she began getting in trouble at work when she would call in sick or make excuses not to go, and eventually her bosses agreed she wouldn’t have to travel. But Hannah was still struggling to leave the house and was at her lowest ebb so she decided to give hypnotherapist Richard Scott, from Hull, a call. Transformed: She used to avoid going to unknown places and meeting new people but now loves socialising Hannah spent 360 on eight hypnotherapy sessions with Richard at his clinic, Grey Matterz, in Hull and he helped her address her deep rooted self-esteem issues and through breathing and visualisation techniques. She said: ‘I was sceptical at first but I had nothing to lose. I was so down and stressed it was worth a shot. ‘I was actually amazed at the change I felt after the sessions – it was like Richard had completely changed my outlook and mental attitude.’ Hannah has overcome her anxiety and now is confident enough to pose in underwear – after finally being able to pursue her dream of being a hosiery model.
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