Panic attacks and anxiety problems affect people of all ages. Panic attacks can have physical symptoms, including an increase in the rate and depth of breathing, shaking, feeling confused or disorientated, rapid heartbeats, dry mouth, sweating, dizziness and chest pain.
In a person with a normal anxiety response, once the anxiety-causing event has passed the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems return the body to normal physiological baselines.
However, if a chronic state of hyperventilation exists (that is, if you breathe more than physiologically required all or much of the time) then this will trigger changes in the nervous systems, producing a chronic state and a permanently elevated level of anxiety.
If you have panic disorder, you may feel constantly stressed and anxious, particularly about when your next panic attack may be.
Learning to relax can help to relieve some of this stress and tension and may also help you to deal more effectively with your panic attacks when they occur.
Using forms of controlled breathing including the Buteyko method where you learn to control your breathing and overcome panic breathing and hyperventilation will help you to manage stress levels, release tension, improve your mood and boost confidence.
To find out more about how we can help you manage anxiety and panic attacks, call us now.