Panic Disorder Counselling in Wolverhampton
A Panic Disorder can be a very frightening experience and might just seem to happen for no apparent reason, at any time and to have a lasting impact.
Commonly, people suffering from Panic Disorder experience feelings of being totally out of control, perhaps developing a sense that they might pass out, or even believe that they are going to die.
Despite the strength and severity of these feelings it IS possible to learn how to manage this type of problem, and with the right kind of help, to be able to totally overcome them.
Panic Disorders are in fact a kind of “blown out of proportion” version of a normal physiological response to a “trigger”, usually some sort of threat, or perceived threat, to the person.
Whenever we encounter a situation that we believe represents a threat to our safety, the body “prepares itself” to respond to that danger by firstly flushing Adrenalin into the bloodstream just in case we need to get out of the situation quickly.
The actual process that we go through is known as the “Freeze, Flight or Fight” response (previously labelled as “fight or flight” but this is now known to be slightly incorrect).
This response is known as a “Limbic” response and occurs at a subconscious level.
Thousands of years ago our Ancestors would have found this response very useful in order to survive the dangers that were present, but of course many of those dangers do not exist today (when did you last encounter a Sabre Toothed Tiger?) and so the response is not so helpful any more.
Despite this fact, we are still “hard-wired” to react this way to “danger” whether that danger is REAL or IMAGINED.
The Effect of Panic Disorder On Our Bodies
What this means is that our bodies still produce this “rush” of Adrenalin which has the following effects on our body chemistry:
- Our muscles become tense ready to respond
- Our rate of breathing increases in order to get more oxygen into the bloodstream as a source of energy for the muscles
- Heart rate increases to pump that blood to the parts where it is needed
- Non-vital body parts can become “starved” of this blood leaving them feeling “cold” and “pale”
- The digestive system slows down (saliva glands stop producing saliva) causing a dry mouth
- Our senses become highly alerted to danger and even the slightest sound can cause a reaction
All of these reactions tell us that “something is wrong” and if there appears to be no obvious reason why our bodies are reacting in this way, (there is no Tiger about to leap on us) then we may become confused.
Treatment for Panic Disorder
Once you have ruled out any potential physiological causes to your panic attacks, we would normally meet and discuss the problem with you at our FREE initial consultation during which we will try to establish several factors, for example:
- Do you suffer from any phobias?
- Are you aware of any earlier, perhaps childhood, traumas or significant emotional experiences?
- Are there any specific thoughts associated with the panic attacks?
- What normally “triggers” the panic attacks?
- How severe or debilitating are your panic attacks?
We offer a range of Brief Directive Psychotherapy and Psychodynamic Therapy to treat Panic Disorders here at our clinic in Wombourne, Wolverhampton.
In general, Panic Disorder related conditions respond well to Directive Therapy – (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & the Thrive Programme) – as well as Psychodynamic Therapy – (Psychoanalysis) – so when it comes to deciding the best choice of therapy for your problem, your own personal history will play a central role in helping you to decide.
As a guide, if you have suffered from a Panic Disorder for a significant number of years and on reflection may have experienced bouts of Panic since your childhood, then you might be best advised to undertake a course of Psychoanalytic therapy.
If, on the other hand, your Panic Disorder problems are more recent and on the whole you have been free from the symptoms for extended periods of your life, then you might benefit more from one of the briefer, “directive” type interventions such as CBT or Thrive.
Learn How to Thrive & Overcome Panic Disorder
If you want to learn the tools, techniques and coping skills to overcome your panic disorder then you should consider following the Thrive Programme with Paul here at Tranceform Psychology.
Thrive is an evidence-based training programme that uses applied psychology and CBT principles to help you understand and then change any unhelpful thinking styles and limiting beliefs that have an adverse impact on your symptoms.
Over the course of ten one-hourly sessions you will learn about and develop personal insight into how your core beliefs have either helped or hindered you over your life course and then how to use a range of proven scientific methods to bring about changes which directly impact on your experience and the way that you feel.
Watch the Thrive Video
FREE Initial Consultations
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your Panic Disorder. During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
At TranceForm we believe that therapy & coaching should be a collaboration between therapist and client so it’s very important to be able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help. Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking therapy with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
Thinking Errors Associated with Panic Disorder
panic disorder problems may be made even worse by any number of common thinking errors that people tend to ‘suffer’.
You can find out more about each of these ‘thinking errors’ by clicking on the links below:-
- Catastrophising – Making mountains out of molehills
- All or Nothing Thinking – Ignoring the middle-ground
- Fortune Telling – Trying to predict the future
- Mind Reading – I know what you’re thinking!
- Emotional Reasoning – Feelings aren’t facts
- Overgeneralising – Always, Never and Everybody
- Labelling – Successful / Failure
- Imperative Thinking – I need to, I have to and I must
- Confirmation Bias – He didn’t mean I was nice because I know I’m not
- Processing Positive Experiences – I didn’t really deserve that Prize
- Low Frustration Tolerance – It’s too hard I can’t stand it
- Personalisation – it’s always my fault when things go wrong
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