Panic Attacks and SHEN Therapy – a Non-Medicinal Solution
A panic attack is a sudden surge of overwhelming fear that comes without warning and without any obvious reason. Symptoms of a panic attack include:
- Racing heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing
- Feeling as though you ‘can’t get enough air’
- Almost paralyzing terror
- Lightheadedness or nausea
- Chest pains
- Hot flashes, or sudden chills
- Tingling in fingers or toes (‘pins and needles’)
- Fear that you are going crazy or are about to die
How SHEN Therapy works
SHEN theory operates on the principle that residue of emotional trauma from earlier in life is held deep inside the body where it influences the way we live our lives, and disrupts normal bodily functioning. When an event occurs that is similar to the originating event, it can aggravate the hidden emotions and cause them to flare up, worsening our behavior and exacerbating our physical problems. The painful emotional trauma is trapped in the body by the Auto-Contractile Pain Reflex (ACPR).
SHEN practice is a science-based form of biofield therapeutics that adheres to the physics of the biofield as deduced by Richard R. Pavek. When doing SHEN, we place our hands on your body in a series of precise, polarized locations that are indicated by the particular emotional condition you present and conform to biofield physics. This correctly focuses the qi (ch’i) from our hands so as to release the ACPR contractions trapping the painful emotions. In this way, SHEN safely lifts old, painful emotions to the surface where they disperse and leave.
SHEN is very effective with panic attacks, nightmares, and anxiety disorders. Treatment with SHEN is comparatively rapid. Often only two or three SHEN sessions are needed to end the episodes. Frequently the memory of the precipitating event surfaces during the sessions. Often the event occurred during childhood and would not frighten an adult. Panic attacks are frequently associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
When you speak with a SHEN practitioner, specify that you think you have panic disorder, and ask about his or her experience treating this disorder. SHEN does not interfere with any medical or psychotherapy treatment you may be taking.
Other information about Panic Disorder
Panic Disorder is a serious condition that around one out of every 75 people might experience. It usually appears during the teens or early adulthood, and while the exact causes are unclear, there does seem to be a connection with major life transitions that are potentially stressful: graduating from college, getting married, having a first child, and so on. There is also some evidence for a genetic predisposition; if a family member has suffered from panic disorder, you have an increased risk of suffering from it yourself, especially during a time in your life that is particularly stressful.
In addition to the above symptoms, a panic attack is marked by the following conditions: It occurs suddenly, without any warning and without any way to stop it. The level of fear is way out of proportion to the actual situation; often, in fact, it is completely unrelated. It passes in a few minutes; the body cannot sustain the ‘fight or flight’ response for longer than that. However, repeated attacks can continue to recur for hours.
A panic attack is not dangerous, but it can be terrifying, largely because it feels ‘crazy’ and ‘out of control.’ Panic disorder is frightening because of the panic attacks associated with it, and also because it often leads to other complications such as phobias, depression, substance abuse, medical complications, even suicide. Its effects can range from mild word or social impairment to a total inability to face the outside world.
Although initially attacks may come out of the blue, eventually the sufferer may actually help bring them on by responding to physical symptoms of an attack. For example, if a person with panic disorder experiences a racing heartbeat caused by drinking coffee, exercising, or taking a certain medication, they might interpret this as a symptom of an attack and , because of their anxiety, actually bring on the attack. On the other hand, coffee, exercise, and certain medications are sometimes able to cause panic attacks. One of the most frustrating things for the panic sufferer is in not knowing how to isolate the different triggers of an attack.
Side Effects of Panic Disorder
Without treatment, panic disorder can have very serious consequences. The immediate danger with panic disorder is that it may lead to a phobia. That is because once you have suffered a panic attack, you may start to avoid situations like the one you were in when the attack occurred.
For example, you might have an attack while driving, and start to avoid driving until you develop an actual phobia towards it. In worst-case scenarios, people with panic disorder develop agoraphobia — fear of going outdoors — because they believe that by staying inside, they can avoid all situations that might provoke an attack, or where they might not be able to get help. The fear of an attack is so debilitating, they prefer to spend their lives locked inside their homes.
A recent study showed that people who suffer from panic disorder:
- Are more prone to alcohol and other drug abuse
- Have greater risk of attempting suicide
- Spend more time in hospital emergency rooms
- Spend less time on hobbies, sports and other satisfying activities
- Tend to be financially dependent on others
- Report feeling emotionally and physically less healthy than non-sufferers.
- Are afraid of driving more than a few miles away from home.
Copyright Richard Pavek, SHEN Therapy Institute