Hypnotherapy in its various forms has been accepted medically for over 50 years now. And the list of ailments in which it treats seems to keep growing day by day too. Hypnotherapy has been endorsed by the British and American medical associations. So much so, that in 1995 the NIH also issued a statement to say that the scientific evidence that they had carried out, favored the use of hypnotherapy for symptoms such as chronic pain.
At the moment, hypnotherapy and hypnosis are still largely classed as an “alternative therapy”, however with the ever-growing research and medical studies, it is fair to assume that this could change in the future. The results really do speak for themselves; set aside the number of celebrities who choose hypnosis to cure psychological issues and help them to overcome phobias and habits or even improve their acting performance. And the testimonies are really impressive.
Hypnotherapy for panic attacks, does it work?
It is largely known that panic attacks and anxiety attacks are extremely treatable using hypnotherapy. Panic attacks are usually something which is triggered by an external element, yet creates terrible feelings inside that the person is not consciously able to control, this is one of the reasons why hypnosis is so effective at treating panic attacks. The attacks are a subconscious response; therefore they require a subconscious solution to deal with that negative response.
The treatment for panic attacks using hypnosis is something that can be carried out over 3 to 6 weeks. Covering only 3 to 6 sessions at approximately one hour long. Along with hypnosis, it is also accepted that the Hypnotherapist will also utilize another intervention, perhaps NLP or even CBT. Using a multimodal type approach to treat panic attacks is the preferred option. Using NLP or CBT is a great way to uncover and discuss how the panic attacks began, and what happens before during, and after. The information sourced from the sessions is absolutely essential for the therapy process and the hypnotherapy process.
Is there evidence that hypnosis works for panic attacks?
New research is being done all the time into the effectiveness of hypnosis. In fact, in a recent clinical review, which looked at hypnosis and relaxation therapies, the research concluded;
“There is good evidence from randomized controlled trials that both hypnosis and relaxation techniques can reduce anxiety […]‘, the same report also concluded that hypnosis was proven to be effective in treating panic attacks and phobia. (Vickers & Zollman, ‘Hypnosis and relaxation therapies,’ BMJ 1999;319: 1346-1349)”
Can Hypnotherapy Cure my Panic Attacks?
The positive results for hypnotherapy are proven and well-documented. If you’ve been suffering from panic attacks of any type then as a therapist I would highly advise you to look into hypnotherapy as a treatment. Hypnotherapy certainly isn’t the be-all and end-all for everyone, however from my personal experience, from the clinical trials, and from the well-documented testimonies which you will find all over the web. It’s fair to say that hypnotherapy can certainly assist you to cure your panic attacks.
It is certainly very possible that your panic attacks could completely disappear after several hypnotherapy sessions. It is also possible that the results you gain from hypnosis could allow you to manage your panic attacks more easily. Perhaps they will be far less intense, or the panic attack feeling perhaps just turned into a feeling of slight excitement, or even a “butterfly feeling” in your stomach.
There is certainly well documented anecdotal research and evidence that will suggest, at least, that hypnotherapy is an extremely powerful and very effective therapy tool when dealing with anxiety and panic attacks. Simply try out a few hypnosis sessions for yourself, and see how much better you will feel. If you do notice a slight improvement after a few sessions, then it is fair to assume that you will continue to see some more benefits if more hypnotherapy sessions are carried out.