What are Panic Attacks?
Panic Attacks are an intense form of anxiety. They are more exaggerated than the body’s normal response to fear. Panic attacks are very unpredictable and can occur anytime which makes it more difficult to deal with. People can experience it while sleeping also. Typically a panic attack lasts for about 10 minutes but the symptoms can persist for longer. Panic attacks are a result of deep-rooted unpleasant and traumatic experiences within the mind which act as a reference to form a specific response. About 2.6 % of the adult Australian population has experienced panic attacks in their lifetime. The current article explores how Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) can be used as an alternative therapy to resolve the trauma that causes panic attacks.
The general symptoms of panic attacks include increased heart rate, palpitations, sweating, shaking, chest pain, feeling dizzy, nausea, breathing difficulties, loss of control etc. The symptoms are similar to anxiety but panic attacks are more intense. People suffering from panic attacks are afraid of suffering another panic attack and can be afraid of going alone to public places.
Treating Panic Attacks by Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Panic attacks have become more common with a change in our lifestyle. Women are twice more likely to be affected by it than men. Panic attacks can seem difficult to manage but they can be quickly, easily and effectively treated with long lasting results with EFT. Panic attacks are our body’s response to the memories imprinted on our subconscious mind. EFT therapy aims at identifying these traumatic memories which cause panic attacks and addressing those memories. When the memories causing panic attacks are addressed and resolved then the pattern of panic attacks can stop. Most regular medication only suppresses the symptoms of panic attacks temporarily and these symptoms can emerge later causing attacks. EFT therapy addresses the root cause of panic attacks and thus the resolution is permanent.
It is important for the patients to continue the EFT therapy sessions until the memories causing panic attacks have been completely addressed. Stopping the EFT therapy before this can lead to reemergence of those memories and the resulting panic attacks. With EFT therapy, the patients also learn to tap out the feelings which cause panic attacks. This helps them to avoid an attack before it occurs next.
If you would like to find out more about how EFT can help resolve your panic attacks, you can view my website at www.mindfulhealingtoolkit.com.au or book in a session. I do face to face and online consultations. Book here. You can also view free videos to help resolve some of your emotions at my vimeo channel here: https://vimeo.com/mindfulhealingtoolkit
You can view research on EFT tapping here: https://www.innersource.net/ep/images/stories/downloads/Acupoint_Stimulation_Research_Review.pdf