Panic Disorder is a subset of anxiety disorders that is characterized by uncontrollable and often unprovoked episodes of overwhelming fear and anxiety, paired with physical symptoms like shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, and chest pain. For sufferers, episodes are terrifying experiences that are out of their control and inhibit daily functioning, considerably reducing the sufferer’s quality of life. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, common symptoms of panic disorder include repeated panic attacks, feeling out of control, intense worry, and physical symptoms such as sweating, a pounding heart, dizziness, chest pain, and nausea.
Traditional treatment methods for panic disorder usually includes psychotherapy and medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors that are similarly used for depression, as the National Institute of Mental Health further notes. Some individuals have painful side-effects with these medications or are particularly resistant to certain medications for treatment. In these cases, alternative treatment is sometimes sought to supplement treatment. One of these treatments is hypnotherapy, which has grown in popularity in counseling spheres because of its success with various mental disorders like addiction and phobias.
Hypnotherapy can help with panic disorder and similar anxiety disorders by returning one’s fight or flight response and the associated heightened emotions of fear and anger to healthy and functioning levels and response, according to the Orlando Hypnosis Clinic. Hypnotherapy aids treatment by going to the root of the problem and exploring the triggers and underlying emotional issues consistent in patients with the disorder. Many licensed therapists and psychiatrists are authorized to perform hypnotherapy as well as other treatments, making hypnotherapy a veritable option for those struggling with treatment-resistant or particularly debilitating cases of panic disorder, or for those seeking a more holistic approach to treatment that is not dependent on prescription medications. Most importantly, there are more options than ever for treatment of panic and similar disorders, allowing treatment to reach and help more patients, and reducing the number of those suffering without the help they need.