Elias from the Netherlands (hello there!) asked:
I have panick attacks about every second month. The panick attacks usually overcome me when I am alone. It starts with the feeling of presure on my chest and I have trouble breathing. And then my vision changes and I develop a sort of tunnel-vision and feel like I am rotating. I don’t know what is the reason for it. I have it since I am 17 years old, but I don’t know why it started. Can hypnosis help me?
First of all, let me say this is not medical or therapeutical advice – I’m not a doctor and don’t consider myself a therapist.
But I’m pretty confident hypnosis can help. You can find a qualified practitioner, or you can even start out easy and try yourself at self-hypnosis.
I’ve met many people who overcame panic attacks with self-hypnosis, and I even helped some to do it myself.
It’s really not that big of a deal, because basically what a panic attack is is a program, and once you can get “in” to the code you can re-program it pretty easily hypnotically.
I don’t like the analogy of a human brain equaling to a computer – but in many ways, computers are MODELLED after the human brain, and thus some of the ways in which they function are identical. And for panic attacks, that definitely is the case.
If you suffer from panic attacks, then there’s two things I can recommend you: one is NOT “hypnosis” in the classical sense – but it works.
If for some reason you want to use hypnosis though, I suggest you get your hands on this one:
Elias, I’m pretty sure that you can get over this quickly and painlessly. I don’t know what the underlying cause is – but from what you are saying, my guess is the underlying cause is long gone and your brain just made a connection in the wrong place, and now that thing is going on autopilot. You surely could go into analysis, but I doubt “understanding” the root would help you. Smokers with terminal lung cancer understand where their problem came from, but that doesn’t help them. And even though with psychological issues it’s often different, it also often is not.
Again, no therapeutic advice here, just my personal opinion that’s based on lots of studying and lots of hands-on-experience.