Anxiety and panic attacks

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In today's frenetic world feeling anxious has become common place for many people. For some anxiety may present in what seems to be short bouts, for others it may be a perpetual feeling they find hard to shake off and in more severe cases can result in panic attacks.

What is actually being experienced is fear, and in this case a form of free-floating fear, for which there may be no specific concrete threat and may in fact be harmless. However, like a bad smell, it can linger on the edge of your awareness, no matter how hard you try to get rid of it.

Through the mind-body link fear can present itself physically in many ways including; muscle weakness, muscular pain, fatigue, poor appetite, insomnia, forgetfulness and general apathy. In more severe cases it can result in palpitations, sweating, shaking, nausea, difficulty in breathing and chest and abdominal pains.

Fear may relate to: something that happened in your past, be driven by a lack of knowledge or understanding, or it may be beliefs instilled in you by others. Whatever the root cause, fear can be very convincing and can go on to create its own reality.

The brain automatically reacts to fear through the fight or flight response. Repetition of the same response hardwires it in to our unconscious brain causing it to become an involuntary reaction e.g. breaking out in a sweat and going red every time you walk in to a room full of people. To undo the fear we need to breakdown its reality and the responses it has created within you.

NLP can help do this by unlocking the cause of the anxiety and reframing the experiences that created it. Using some of the NLP tools and techniques available we can then generate a more positive thought pattern and create a new set of responses to the trigger. NLP can help you banish those fears that stop you achieving your full potential.