Panic Attacks & Phobic Reactions


Many people with panic disorder worry about and dread the possibility of having another attack, and may fear or avoid places where panic attacks have occurred in the past.  A person with panic disorder or phobic reaction may become discouraged and feel ashamed because he or she cannot carry out normal routines like going to school or work, going to the store, riding in an elevator,  driving a vehicle, or flying in an airplane.

Panic disorder is generally treated with psychotherapy, and at times with medication, or both. It is always best to first talk to your doctor to rule-out any physical conditions that may be related to the condition. Psychotherapy, particularly when augmented with hypnosis, is especially useful as a first-line treatment for panic disorders and phobic reactions. Effective psychotherapy teaches you different ways of relating to the thoughts, feelings, and emotions that come with a panic attack.  

The self-hypnotic component of therapy helps you learn to down regulate the intensity of the experience of panic and illustrates that you have more control over  situations than you previously imagined. As you gain confidence that you can manage the symptoms of panic or phobic reactions, the attacks disappear and life satisfaction is enhanced.