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The most important part of an effective panic attack programme

panic attack programme

People regularly ask me what I feel is the most important part of a panic attack programme.
When I was a sufferer, the thing I missed most was regular contact with a therapist. Weekly sessions were ok but, if I hit a bad patch during the week, there was no-one to contact. I also found that I was unable to carry out exercises and exposure sessions, which the therapist had left me to do during the week. I just didn’t have the mental strength to carry them out and failure often left me feeling deflated.
Many panic attack programmes offer a helpline number to call when you have a problem, but I find that this is insufficient for a sufferer in need. When a client calls, he expects to speak to his therapist and not a random person who happens to be on duty that day. Always ensure that you will only be contacting the therapist when you call.

Daily contact by the therapist should also include a webinar which involves meditation or relaxation. Regular sessions will help reduce stress, and make you mentally stronger to face any future challenges. These sessions should also be live, and not a recording. The client needs to know that their therapist is there physically for them, and available should any need arise.
When you are considering investing in a panic attack programme, ensure that the above is offered before you enrol. It will make all the difference to your recovery.

If you have any questions to ask, you are welcome to contact me via my facebook page.

 

Vincent Benedict DipHyp, DipSPC, CertTH, NLP Pract
www.panicattacktherapist.com

 

Recommended further reading regarding panic attack programmes:

Five questions to ask before hiring a therapist

No 1 panic attack programme for fast results

***Disclaimer:  Please note that, as with all therapies, results may vary from person to person.

7 Steps to Recovery from Panic Attacks

Recovery from panic attacks

There are 7 steps to recovery from panic attacks.   If you are suffering from panic attacks, there is a good chance that you are jumping from one miracle cure to another, looking for that quick fix. By researching your condition, you are actually making your situation worse; having an anxious mind will cause you to think catastrophically about all the serious things Dr Google has come up with.
Instead, when I treat my clients, I find that the old tried methods still work the best. Forget all the new apps you are persuaded to download, the various multivitamins and expensive retreats. These are just placebo effects and are designed to empty your pockets. Instead, try and follow these 7 suggestions to get you on the right track:

1. Improve your knowledge.
Improve your knowlede about why these attacks are happening to you, but be careful where you do your research or who you listen to. Most therapists are inexperienced with anxiety disorders, and will try and link your attacks to some stressful situation in the past, lack of magnesium in your body or a chemical imbalance in your brain etc etc. Have a look at my website or ask me questions on my facebook page if you want to learn more about what is happening to you.  To learn more about the symptoms, please click here.   The main thing to accept to aid your recovery from panic attacks is that these attacks are harmless and you have had hundreds of them, without any problem.

2, Challenge your thinking.
When you are in this cycle of fear, it is normal to catastrophise about your situation. What if I faint in the supermarket, what if this fast heartbeat is a sign of a heart attack, what if my throat closes and I can’t breathe etc etc. With each of these thoughts, it is a good idea to write them down and ask yourself these questions:

a. What is it I am worried about?
b. What are the chances of it happening?
c. Am I blowing it out of all proportion?
d. Tell yourself “A thought is just a thought and can’t harm me.”

3.   Continue with your life.
When you start having panic attacks, it is important to try and continue with your life, as normally as possible. It is important not to start avoiding places which cause your anxiety to rise. Try and continue going to work, going out shopping, going to the gym. By avoiding places/situations, you are sending a message to your brain that some places are scary and should be avoided.

4. Daily breathing exercises.
Many people who suffer from panic attacks have irregular breathing patterns. People with panic disorder take in about 15 to 18 breaths per minute; someone without an anxiety disorder takes in about 8 to 10 breaths per minute
It is important to practise abdominal breathing 3 or 4 times per day,and not only when you are having an attack. You only need to practise for a minute each time. You can practise whilst watching the tv, travelling in the car etc and no-one needs to know
that you are doing it.
I have developed a technique for breathing called the 3-3-5 and it has been proven over and over again to be effective in reducing the effect of attacks, and giving a feeling of wellbeing for those practising it daily.

5. Follow a healthy lifestyle.
Have a look at what you are eating and drinking. Try and reduce caffeine and replace it with camomile tea. Introduce some exercise into your daily regime; a daily walk is great but, if you find it difficult to leave the house, it is a good idea to follow an exercise video on Youtube.   Daily exercise will also reduce your adrenaline and assist your recovery from panic attacks.

6. Meditation/visualisation/relaxation sessions.
Daily support is the most important thing in the recovery process. By this, I do not mean a telephone number you can ring, and a different person answers each time you ring.
Each day, your therapist should be leading you through sessions designed to make you mentally stronger. You need this mental strength to help you conquer your fear and also to carry out any exposure, when you choose to do so. I carry this out each day with my clients, and the results have been amazing.

7. Find a qualified therapist who specialises in this field.
I have never known anyone to recover by reading a book, or practising a yoga technique they have seen somewhere.   You would not try to learn to drive from a book, so why are you wasting time where your health is concerned?   Ask to see a list of the therapist’s qualifications, before you entrust him with your health.   If he sidetracks your request, look elsewhere.   Therapy is very affordable and you can find how much I charge here.

The above has been written by Vincent Benedict, a professionally trained therapist and considered by many to be the no 1 therapist in the field of anxiety disorders. To learn more about his methods,  you can visit his facebook page by clicking here,
If you are interested in using his online programme, which has been effective for thousands of sufferers, please click here.
If you are interested in hiring him for face-to-face sessions to facilitate your recovery from panic attacks, he is available in UK, and overseas by arrangement. Please email Vincent Benedict at benedict449@btinternet.com to discuss your needs.

Vincent Benedict DipHyp, DipSPC, CertTH, NLP Pract

*** Disclaimer: Please note that, as with all therapies, results may vary from person to person.

5 questions to ask before hiring a therapist for panic attacks, anxiety or agoraphobia.

Available for advice by skype and phone

Hiring a panic attack therapist to help you overcome your panic attacks, anxiety or agoraphobia can be a nightmare, and can have disasterous consequences if you don’t carry out some precautionary checks.   There are many people working in this field who have no qualifications or training.   To help you make an informed choice, I have put together 5 questions for you to ask a therapist before you consider parting with your cash.

1.   Which therapy are you qualified in and where did you study?
You would be amazed how many “therapists” have no qualifications, or have completed a weekend course somewhere.  Worse still, they may have set themselves up because they are a past sufferer and now feel that they can help others.   Ensure that they are fuly trained and have been trained by a recognised body, before hiring a panic attack therapist.

.2.   Have you taken out insurance for public liability?
Every therapist should have insurance to protect him/herself, and also to protect the client.   Although rare, things do go wrong in therapy and it is important that all parties are protected.

3.   I will need daily support in the beginning?   Are you able to provide this?
When you are suffering from an anxiety disorder, it is important to have daily support from your therapist.  By this, I do not mean a helpline when something goes wrong.   The therapist should be supporting you through techniques you need to learn and also offer optional daily relaxation/meditation sessions with you, depending on your needs.  There is a higher probability of recovery where clients are provided with daily relaxation/meditation sessions.

4.   If I hire you, can you confirm that you will personally carry out this support?
Many therapists offer support but, when you ring them, you get a nameless face on the other end of the line.  It is important that you are receiving personal support from the therapist and not his/her secretary.  This person may not be qualified at the same level as the therapist.

5.   Can I try your services for free for a few days?
When hiring a panic attack therapist, it is important that the therapist and the client has a good working relationship, and there is mutual trust.   The only way to do this is to have a few days working together to see how you get on.

So, there you are!   Do not be embarrassed to ask these questions, and any more you can think of.   Any competent therapist will be glad that you are making the effort to choose the best therapist for your problem.   If he or she is unable to answer your questions fully, it might be worth looking elsewhere.

I can confirm that I meet all the above requirements.  If you are interested in hiring me, please click here to see my rates and further information.   You can also email me on benedict449@btinternet.com or phone 077 8215 8008.   Please note that my programme for anxiety disorders, including my personal support, is online, so it doesn’t matter which country you live in.

 

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Vincent Benedict  DipHyp, DipSPC, CertTH, NLP Pract
www.panicattacktherapist.com
www.facebook.com/eliminatepanic

*** Disclaimer: Please note that, as with all therapies, results may vary from person to person.

 

Agoraphobia

agoraphobia

Agoraphobia – leave it outside!

People with agoraphobia fear being in situations where escape may be difficult, or where no-one would be around if things went wrong.

Most people think that this is a fear of open spaces but this is too simple a label.  Sufferers can be fearful of numerous situations including:

*   leaving home; home is normally considered a place of safety.
*   travelling by plane, trains or any other kind of transport.
*   visiting places where there are lots of people e.g. supermarkets.

People with this problem tend to exercise avoidance; this is the practice of avoiding places which cause anxiety.   Others may enter these places, only when accompanied by a friend or relative.

In many cases, this condition starts as a result of associating panic attacks with places or situations where the attacks occurred, and then avoiding them.

Not all people with this problem suffer from panic attacks.  Their fear may be related to a fear of crime, illness or terrorism.

If you are a sufferer, you may feel that it is incurable and that you are resigned to having it for the rest of your life.   This is not the case and many people recover and lead normal lives again.

Click here to go to our online programme suitable for treating agoraphobia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This client had been to counselling for a year for her attacks. She also had problems with going to supermarkets. As counselling was unsuccessful, she came for a first session with me a week ago. This is part of our second session where we went to Tescos and walked around. She was so relaxed that we even stayed for a coffee. Total time in Tescos was about half an hour. After this walk, Susan then went for a walk on her own in Tescos. Contact me if you want to hire me. http://panicattacktherapist.com/eliminateyourpanicattacks/

Posted by Eliminate Panic Attacks and Anxiety on Thursday, July 9, 2015

 

 

 

 

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Suggested reading:

agoraphobia – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(from Greek ἀγορά, “marketplace”; and φόβος/φοβία, -phobia) is an anxiety disorder characterized by anxiety in situations where …
NHS Choices
Find everything you need to know including causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, with links to other useful resources.
BBC – Health
A guide to the cause, symptoms and treatment.. … Although it is thought of as a fear of open spaces, the real underlying fear is more complex …

*** Disclaimer:   Please note that, as with all therapies, results may vary from person to person.

Facebook Buddy System for Panic Attack Sufferers

Facebook Buddy System

It is hard enough to tackle your panic attacks, but even worse when you have to do it alone, and without anyone around who understands what you are going through.   Panicattacktherapist.com has now come up with the idea of starting a Facebook Buddy System to help people, who feel they would benefit from support from someone who has already completed the programme and has more experience of the techniques we teach.

New clients, or those going through a bad patch, can now buddy up with another member who has more experience of the programme, and receive the  support they need.   If you feel that you need that extra bit of support, just post your request on the page and wait for someone to contact you.   If you don’t feel confident enough to make a request, just read the posts for a few days till you feel you are ready.

Facebook buddy system

Gimme a hand

Facebook buddy system reading:

Panic Attacks Help – Yahoo! Voices – voices.yahoo.com
Panic attack sufferers are thoroughly familiar with the shortness of breath, pounding heart, dizziness, and stomach issues that are associated with their anxiety.
voices.yahoo.com/panic-attacks-help-6287772.html

Panic attack – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sufferers of panic attacks often report a fear or sense of dying, “going crazy,” or … A back rub during a panic attack can help if the person has problems breathing …
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panic_attack
Panic Disorder « Anxiety UK
Sufferers of panic disorder often feel fine one minute, and yet the next may … Overcoming Panic and Agoraphobia is a complete course to help the reader beat panic attacks …
www.anxietyuk.org.uk/about-anxiety/anxiety-disorders/panic-attacks/

*** Disclaimer:   Please note that, as with all therapies, results may vary from person to person.

Stop Panic Attacks

Stop Panic Attacks

Stop Panic Attacks
The chances are that you have come to this page because you are suffering from panic attacks, and are looking for a way to stop panic attacks.
stop panic attacks

What you need to learn first is that there are coping techniques, and methods to stop panic attacks completely.   Many people get confused by the two and think techniques like deep breathing will stop your panic attacks.   This is untrue as, normally, when you do this type of breathing, the panic attack has already started.   Medication is also just another coping strategy.   It helps to mask the problem but will not stop panic attacks returning.The biggest block to stop panic attacks is your motivation.   Most sufferers confine themselves to a life of avoidance and medication, afraid to take the first step.  They are afraid of the unknown and refuse to budge, even though they know that no escape comes from sitting down and doing nothing.   Imagine that you are a pigeon in the middle of the road and a car is approaching fast.  You can either get scared and close your eyes and hope the car misses you, or you can take action and fly away from danger.   You know the second choice is the sensible choice; don’t you think it is now time to make choices like this with the rest of your life?Have a look at the video below about taking that big step in your life?   Ever wondered what you have to lose?

If you are ready to stop panic attacks, then you need to learn techniques like The Rollercoaster technique, as taught on the online programme, Eliminate Panic Attacks and Anxiety.   Regular use of this technique will help you accept the symptoms, and once the fear has gone, the panic will disappear.   If you have had enough of coping, or standing in the middle of the road with your eyes closed,  and want to stop panic attacks, go to this link and learn to get your life back.   Remember what it was like before the panic attacks arrived?   You can get back there and start living a fulfilling life again.

 

Further reading on Stop Panic Attacks:

How to Stop a Panic Attack | eHow.com
A panic attack is a feeling of intense anxiety and impending doom in the absence of circumstances that justify these feelings–it’s easy to define, but not at all …
www.ehow.com/how_2043445_stop-panic-attack.html
Panic attack – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Panic attacks are periods of intense fear or apprehension that are of sudden onset and … pattern is appropriate, effective and rapid way to stop the attack. Regular breathing …
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panic_attack
How to stop panic attacks Effectively – EzineArticles …
If you are suffering from panic attacks, chances are that it will come without warning and render you helpless when it strikes. No matter the number of …ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Stop-Panic-Attacks-Effectively&id=3873332

HypnoSolution providing hypnotherapy in Thanet and Kent …
… and specializing in weightloss, smoking cessation, stress, phobias, panic attacks … “I contacted Hypnosolution to stop smoking. I had booked for 2 sessions but cancelled the …www.hypnosolution.co.uk/

*** Disclaimer:   Please note that, as with all therapies, results may vary from person to person.

Reduce your feelings of anxiety and panic

Guide to panic attack breathing

guide to panic attack breathing

Panic Attack Breathing

Panic attack breathing is a great tool to learn to help you cope.   When people are anxious, they tend to take rapid, shallow breaths that come directly from the chest. This type of breathing is called thoracic or chest breathing. When you’re anxious, you may not even be aware that you’re breathing this way. Breathing through the diaphragm, sometimes called abdominal or belly breathing, has been linked to reduced feelings of anxiety and panic.

panic attack breathing

Panic attack breathing is a great tool to learn to help you cope.

 

The easiest way to determine your breathing pattern is to put one hand on your upper abdomen near the waist and the other on the middle of your chest. As you breathe, notice which hand raises the most. If you are breathing properly, your abdomen should expand and contract with each breath. It is especially important to be aware of these differences during stressful and anxious times when you are more likely to breathe from your chest.
The above, often called panic attack breathing,  will not help to eliminate panic attacks but will help you cope with the symptoms.   To learn to eliminate anxiety / panic attacks for good, please go here.

Suggested reading regarding panic attack breathing:

Breathing Techniques to Calm Anxiety and Panic – HealthyPlace
The most important part of recovering from panic attacks is proper breathing. Learn breathing techniques to help you deal with your next panic attack.
www.healthyplace.com/anxiety-panic/articles/breathing-techniques-to-calm-anxiety-and-panic/

Panic attack – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This can result in the person experiencing a panic attack seeking treatment in an emergency room. However, since chest pain and shortness of breath are indeed hallmark …
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panic_attack
Free self-help for those suffering from panic attacks.
During an emergency, our breathing rate and pattern change. Instead of breathing slowly from our lower lungs, we begin to breathe rapidly and …
www.anxieties.com/panic-step4.php

Related sites:
www.hypnosolution.co.uk

*** Please note that, as with all therapies, results may vary from person to person.

You have a creative mind. Use it!

Eliminate panic attacks by diverting your mind

mike1

Happy Sunday, everyone!   One of the problems people have, is that they are permanently thinking about ways to eliminate panic attacks, and whether they will have a good or bad day today.  Today, try and find an activity or hobby which will interest you and challenge you. Try and engross yourself in this activity, so that you are thinking about it most of the day.  Understand what I am saying?   Instead of spending the day thinking of your attacks and how to eliminate panic attacks, you are thinking of something else.   If you can’t think of anything, try the last film you watched (in my case, it would be the Bond film, Skyfall).  Think of the characters, the different scenes, the great clothes worn by the characters etc.   How about your favourite football team and their last match?  Think of the goals scored and the ones they missed.  Go and watch a local match (the pic is of my son, whom I watch every week).   Take up cooking a great meal each day.  Spend your time planning it, buying the ingredients etc.

Spend as much time as possible thinking about this new activity.   Don’t give your brain time to regress back into negative thinking. No more thinking over and over again about how to eliminate panic attacks.  Make it an enjoyable task and eventually it will become habit.   The less time you spend worrying about panic attacks, the less likely they are to appear.   Don’t think about ways to eliminate panic attacks because, by doing so, you are empowering them and causing them to happen.

eliminate panic attacks

eliminate panic attacks – take the first step today!

Suggested reading:

How To Eliminate Panic Attack Symptoms From Your Life
You glance around to make sure you are safe however, there are several strangers behind you and one other customer in front. You realize you are beginning …
ezinearticles.com/?How-To-Eliminate-Panic-Attack-Symptoms-From-Your-Life&id=658749

eliminate panic attacks by following this programme daily
eliminate panic attacks by using this programme to understand your panic attacks and learn techniques to eliminate them permanently. Free mp3 recordings.
panicattacktherapist.com/?page_id=53

eliminate panic attacks Quickly – EzineArticles Submission …
Panic attack help becomes necessary when the person suffering from it is unable to control it by self. In most cases, self help and therapeutic treatments …
ezinearticles.com/?Eliminate-Panic-Attacks-Quickly&id=7205305
*** Please note that, as with all therapies, results may vary from person to person.

Stop researching your problem

Be an ex-sufferer of panic attacks

imagine1

One of the things I ask my clients, on the Eliminate Panic Attacks programme, to do is to start acting as if they are an ex-sufferer of panic attacks/anxiety.   They stop discussing their issues with friends and stop researching their problems on the internet.   By continually thinking and talking about your attacks, you are empowering the panic and it starts to get a stronger hold over you.   Instead, we need to do the opposite.   Act as if it is of no significance in your life.   After all, it is just a group of sensations which can’t do you any harm.  They only make you feel unwell for a few minutes.
Once they have started practicing this technique and others on the programme, they will find that their brain will try to take on these new beliefs and make them reality.

panic attacks

dragons can be slayed

Suggested reading about panic attacks:

Natural Cures For Panic And Anxiety Attacks
Reta Rouillard is an ex-sufferer providing unbiased reviews, guides and tips on the symptoms, causes and treatment of stress, anxiety and panic disorders.
ezinearticles.com/?Natural-Cures-For-Panic-And-Anxiety-Attacks&id=7201367

Suffering Tightness in Chest with Anxiety | Medical …
Trevor Mosley is an ex-sufferer of anxiety and panic disorders. Head along to his website today in order to discover how you can conquer your anxiety and panic attacks once …
medicalconditionsexplained.com/anxiety/suffering-tightness-in-chest-with-anxiety/
Cure Anxiety Panic Attack Naturally – Yahoo! Voices – voices …
Joe Barry, the creator and ex-sufferer makes a lot of sense. This program helped me … Even if you don’t cure your anxiety and panic disorders, natural treatments are the …
voices.yahoo.com/cure-anxiety-panic-attack-naturally-622505.html

 

*** Disclaimer:   Please note that, as with all therapies, results may vary from client to client.
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