Panic Attacks

Our Innate Response to Danger: Significance and Challenges

Throughout our evolutionary history, humans have developed a finely tuned system designed to swiftly respond to perceived threats. This deeply ingrained mechanism, a legacy from our ancestors, is fundamental to our survival.

When our perception detects any form of ‘danger,’ whether real or imagined, a remarkable network of intelligence within our body immediately initiates complex hormonal and physiological adjustments. These adjustments serve the crucial purpose of enabling rapid responses, empowering us to protect ourselves. The primary function of our mind is to protect us and ensure our survival on this planet.

In moments of fear or perceived danger, our brain swiftly transmits signals, directly engaging our nervous system. This engagement triggers the release of adrenaline and cortisol, commonly known as the stress hormones.

These automatic responses set off a series of physiological changes. Our heart rate accelerates, facilitating the efficient delivery of oxygen to major muscle groups, preparing us for quick action, essential for ‘escaping’ potential threats. Simultaneously, our breathing rate increases to enhance blood oxygenation. Our peripheral vision expands, enhancing situational awareness and our ability to safeguard ourselves. Our pupils dilate to admit more light, sharpening visual perception. Our auditory senses become heightened, enabling us to detect subtle cues more effectively. In some instances, our skin may produce increased sweat, and we may experience cold sensations, often manifesting as goosebumps.

Remarkably, Mother Nature has meticulously crafted this complex system, designed solely to safeguard our well-being. Our minds are inherently programmed to prioritize our safety and security on this planet. As much as it may seem bothersome at times, this mechanism is essential for our minds to protect us and keep us alive on the planet.

That is indeed our mind’s job, but our job is to clearly and precisely communicate to our mind what is genuinely dangerous or threatening and what is not!

The complexity arises when our minds begin perceiving threats that do not truly exist or when they become excessively and easily triggered by specific cues, words, images, or situations. This subconscious process often leaves individuals bewildered, prompting questions such as, ‘Why am I experiencing these panic attacks?’ or ‘What is the underlying trigger?’

Therapy is necessary, especially hypnotherapy, to uncover those connections, cues, and triggers. Without this process, we will only be treating the symptoms and not addressing the root causes.

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