Anxiety & Panic Attacks

Stephen Chan licensed Thrive Programme Consultant can help you using the Thrive Programme in Northern Ireland and via Skype: in Belfast, Portadown, Ulster, Lisburn, Newry, Armagh, Antrim, Lurgan and Dungannon. Northern Ireland

What are panic attacks and anxiety attacks?

Panic attacks are intense feelings of anxiety or fear. When experiencing a panic attack it is possible to feel as if you are totally ‘losing it’ or that you are even going to pass out or take a heart attack.

At the time a panic attacks can feel really terrible, however as you have found out, despite feeling life threatening – they aren’t! The feelings associated with a panic attack are actually the effects of an increased surge of adrenaline and cortisol in the body.

Whilst the occasional high level ‘shot’ of adrenaline and cortisol is not in of itself a bad thing. It’s a part of your natural ‘fight or flight’ survival mechanism, supplying you with an extra burst of energy you will need in order to manage a difficult or challenging situation. When these high levels are sustained is when our life saving mechanism becomes potentially damaging.

Adrenalin and cortisol has the following impact upon your body:

Muscle tension.

Breathing becomes faster to increase oxygen intake, because muscles require oxygen in order to transform sugar into energy.

Heart rate increases no order to pump blood to where it’s most needed.

Digestion slows down, salivary glands dry up which creates dry mouth.

Your senses become more alert and you become hyper-vigilant. Now, the slightest sound or touch creates an over reaction.

Sweating increases.

Adrenalin and cortisol also creates physical and emotional sensations:

Breathing becomes very rapid and very uncomfortable.

Heartbeat / heart rate speeds up.

Chest pains.

Faint or dizzy feelings.

A ringing in the ears.

Tingling or numb sensations in the feet and hands.

Hot / cold flushes.


Needing to go to the toilet more frequently.

Feeling terrified.

Feeling a sense of unreality, aka de-personalisation or de-realisation when you can feel almost detached from your body and surroundings. Ironically, feeling grounded within themselves, but everything else can feel distant.

Now, if you don’t know the real reason, cause or origins for these feelings that you are feeling. Then it would be natural to presume that something is happening to you, and that something terrible will happen unless you make a quick exit from wherever you may be. This is precisely why panic attacks can feel so threatening, because you, the sufferer has no idea why or what is causing you to feel the way you do.

In this case, the finger of blame will be pointed at the situation or location e.g. a restaurant, church, elevator, or perhaps the cinema. Then you will obviously do anything possible to avoid the situation that you thought created the attack, which now creates a fear of enclosed spaces – claustrophobia.

Or, if you experience a panic attack whilst driving, then you could easily believe that driving created your panic. So, now you could (justifiably) begin to avoid driving because you believe that by doing this you will avoid experiencing another panic attack.

Here, however, is the really unsettling part. These feelings of panic won’t confine themselves to the ‘blamed’ situations. Eventually they will begin to spread to other situations, and because this will seemingly happen at any time of the day, right out of the blue and for no apparent reason. Means the fear of another attack can keep a sufferer locked into a cycle of panic.

Just to reiterate, the most distressing aspects of experiencing panic attacks is that they can ‘seem’ completely unpredictable and uncontrollable.

Many studies have been carried out into what causes panic disorders and although the results are still inconclusive, one thing is for sure – they are directly linked to prolonged periods of worry and stress.

When our ‘worry cup’ becomes close to being full it wont take much more to tip us over the edge. At this stage it will only take ‘a straw to break the camel’s back’. This is when we will feel overwhelmed and a full blown panic attack will occur out of something seemingly innocuous.

So, you can see that the feelings of anxiety where already bubbling close to the surface – the panic attack was just when you finally reached the final straw!

Unlike other therapies / treatments which often teach to try to cope, or learn how to live with your symptoms, I will help you how to stop filling your ‘worry cup’ in the first place, and to finally take back the control and power over your panic and anxiety once and for all!

This is Simon’s testimonial and how he overcame his anxiety with the Thrive Programme with me.

My Guarantee to you.

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You will receive the best possible help to enable you to become the YOU that YOU want to be, in a professional, caring, confidential, understanding and no nonsense manner.

Book yourself in for your FREE Consultation in either my Malone Road, Belfast or Gilford Road, Portadown clinics, which are within easy reach of Lisburn, Newry, Armagh, Antrim, Lurgan and Dundalk for a private one to one chat about your problems and allow me to explain to you exactly how I can help.

Call me on my confidential line 07854 877 882 to arrange your free consultation.

There will be no need to speak to anyone other than myself, and I promise that your problems will be discussed with the greatest of sensitivity and strictest confidence. Please note, because of the volume of clientèle there is a strong possibility you will be connected to my personal answering service, if this is the case just leave your name and number and when I return the call I will not give my name and I will ask for and talk only to you.

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