Panic Attack

A Panic Attack is a heightened stage of anxiety and fear that causes one to jump to faulty conclusions, while focusing on impending danger, harm, or death.

A panic attack is similar to anxiety, in that it creates a sudden sensation of intense fear and triggers severe physical reactions within the body to get it ready for extreme action; whether the danger is real or perceived. Like anxiety, Panic attacks can be very frightening and are also as a result of a malfunction of the body’s survival system. They also occur as a result of how one looks at a situation or event that contains elements of fear or danger (real or perceived). The size of the situation or event has no relevance; as it’s not the event, that causes panic attacks, but how one looks at the event that can cause panic attacks to develop.

Example; A person who is afraid of spiders walks into a kitchen and sees a stem of a tomato on the ground, the perception is that it is a spider and the person freezes and cannot move, even though they recognise the item as being a stem of a tomato.

When fear or danger exists in a situation or event, the body’s survival unit will detect it; creating a rapidly increasing uneasy feeling within the body. This occurs as the survival unit causes chemicals to be released into the body, to bring non-vital energy into the chest, arms and legs, so as to enable the body’s survival response to be one of either “Fight, Flight or Freeze”.

Neuroscience has shown that the logical thinking part of the brain becomes consciously aware of a situation or event in 300 milliseconds, whereas the survival unit detects elements of fear or danger in a situation or event in just 20 milliseconds. That is 15 times faster than the logical thinking part of the brain become consciously aware.

An example of this is when we burn our hands; by the time we are aware that our hand is burning, our hand has been pulled away for the hot surface and is up in the air. What has occurred in that instant is that our survival unit detected our hand was burning in 20 milliseconds. It then checked with the stored survival responses for similar incidents that was experienced in the past and re-enacted a saved survival response that previously worked. Thus pulling the arm away from the burning surface. By the time the logical thinking part of the brain became consciously aware that the hand was burning i.e. in 300 milliseconds, the hand was already withdrawn from the hot surface by the automated response of the survival unit.

This malfunction occurs when we experience a situation or event that causes a panic attack to develop. The long and short term memories, fail to save the memories of the incident, while the survival unit does save these memories, together with any emotions or feelings that were experienced as a result of the event. When this occurs the survival unit takes a snap-shot of everything in the situation or event, as well as all sounds feelings or sensations that may have occurred during the situation or event.

As the Survival unit is not capable of identifying the source of danger from the information it recorded, it breaks the information down and creates triggers that would allow the survival unit to identify and detect any similar fears or dangers in case any similar incidents or events may occur in the future. This information is then stored in its memory database of fears, dangers, feelings and emotions and acts as a trigger in order to ensure the survival unit detect similar fearful or dangerous situations in the future.

Under normal circumstances once the survival unit gets the body ready for a survival response i.e. non-vital energy is brought into the chest, arms and legs, the survival unit would wait for direction from the logical thinking part of the brain after it becomes consciously aware of the situation or event and then respond accordingly (Fight, Flight or Freeze).

However, when a situation or event occurs that resulted in the development of a panic attack, the logical thinking part of the brain checks with the long and short memories and fails to detect any reason for this survival response that has been activated in the body. This occurs as a result of the long and short term memories failing to record the situation or event when it occurred. As the main function of the Survival unit is to ensure survival, the survival unit over rides the logical thinking part of the brain when it receives no instructions from it, and takes control of the body’s survival response to the fear or danger detected. Neuroscience has described this process as the logical thinking part of the brain being ‘hijacked’ by the survival unit. The person suffering this experience will simply not understand why they are feeling this way or understand why they have no control over how they are feeling or reacting. These sensations or feelings are caused by a panic attack and the automated saved survival response will be one of fight – flight (need to get out of here) – or freeze (do nothing).

Following the first malfunction, the survival unit will go on high alert and monitor other triggers saved from the situation or event that caused the panic attack to occur. It will activate the survival response whenever it detects any of the other triggers and activate the same response that worked the first time; once the body survived. This malfunction results in the survival unit firing off at “A” and then firing off at “B”, and “C” and so on. Depending on one’s ability to calm themselves down or talk themselves out of their panic attack (their coping mechanisms), their panic attack can go out of control. It can take up to two to three hours for the chemicals that were released into the body to bring non-vital energy into the chest arms or legs to be dissolved back into the body and restore control to the logical thinking park of the brain. Again the length of this process can depend on the coping mechanisms of the person experiencing the panic attack. When the logical thinking part of the brain is ‘hijacked’ the decision making ability is impaired until the survival unit give back control to the logical thinking part of the brain after the danger has gone.

THE GOOD NEWS is that with just one two-hour session of Combo Therapy you can complete stop a panic attack.

Combo Therapy has been developed as a result of 34 years of dealing with people’s experiences of negative emotions and feelings as a result of life’s traumatic experiences; together with nearly 10 years of research into the psychological effects of trauma on behaviour.

Combo therapy has been designed to identify all cycles of every panic attack within the body through new interview and therapy technique that dissolve the panic attack memory within the memory of the Survival Unit’s memory database. Clients simply are unable to connect with any of their panic attack feelings before they leave after the combo therapy session is completed. This release allows them to move on with their lives with increased positivity, and energy which also benefits their physical and mental state of health and wellbeing.

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