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The Silent Struggle: Understanding and Coping with Silent Panic Attacks

Updated: Apr 2


Silent panic attacks are different from what you might see in movies. They don't always involve rapid heartbeat, labored breathing, or extreme fear. Instead, they cause intense anxiety without the outward physical signs. These silent attacks can be just as upsetting as the dramatic ones. Because there are no visible symptoms, they can be hard to identify and can make people feel alone and confused.

Understanding Silent Panic Attacks

Silent panic attacks cause a wave of strong internal feelings. People might experience a constant sense of dread, a feeling that something terrible is about to happen, or a creeping fear of losing control. They might also feel disconnected from themselves or their surroundings. Even though there aren't any outward signs of physical distress, the internal turmoil can be significant.

Taking Back Control

There are luckily ways to manage silent panic attacks. Here are a few things that can help:

Mindfulness techniques:

Practices like focusing on your breath or guided meditations can be powerful tools for managing a silent panic attack. By grounding yourself in the present moment, you can gain perspective and reduce the intensity of your emotional distress.

Self-care practices:

Taking care of yourself is important for your overall well-being and can play a significant role in managing anxiety. Getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and exercising regularly can all contribute to improved emotional resilience.

Exploring Hypnotherapy for Panic Attacks

Hypnotherapy is a new approach that shows promise in managing panic attacks, including silent ones. During a hypnotherapy session, a therapist helps you relax deeply and focus your attention. In this state, the therapist can offer positive suggestions aimed at reducing anxiety and promoting feelings of calm. Hypnotherapy can also help people identify and address any underlying emotional triggers that contribute to their panic attacks. While research on hypnotherapy for anxiety is ongoing, it offers a safe and potentially effective approach for some individuals.

How life coaching helps

Accountability and Support:

A life coach can provide a supportive environment where you can discuss your goals for managing anxiety and hold yourself accountable for following through with your therapist's recommendations.

Stress Management Techniques:

Life coaches can teach relaxation techniques like deep breathing or meditation, which can be helpful in managing anxiety symptoms during a panic attack.

Building Confidence:

Life coaching can help you identify your strengths and develop coping mechanisms, which can boost your confidence in dealing with anxiety.

Seeking Therapy

The hidden nature of silent panic attacks can make them difficult to deal with, but seeking professional help is crucial. A therapist can diagnose you, educate you about the nature of these attacks, and develop a personalised coping plan. Remember, you're not alone. Talking to a therapist can be the first step towards effectively managing silent panic attacks and feeling better again.


Best wishes,

NLP Master Practitioner, Hypnotherapist and Life Coach

Website: Bestofmenlp

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Call: +44 7824 772 607

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