What causes my breathing difficulties? Anxiety sufferers almost all breathe in a rapid shallow fashion. The intercostal muscles between the ribs begin to tense and the expansion of the chest can become affected making breathing more of a labor. The trick is to take a long slow lung-filling breath, hold it for say five seconds, then exhale slowly then as you finish, to push out more air than you feel youve drawn in. What if I stop breathing? The difficulties you experience come about as a result of shallow rapid breathing and although it may appear that your environment is airless and you may possibly collapse and die this cant happen. Breathing is largely outside of our control. We have some influence over our breathing but it is an automatic process.
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Today, after two courses of cognitive behavioural therapy the standard NHS treatment for anxiety proved ineffective, Amelia is finally being helped by a new type of psychological intervention: compassion focused therapy (CFT). Inspired by Buddhism, CFT was conceived 30 years ago by Professor Paul Gilbert, a clinical psychologist for Derbyshire Health Care Foundation Trust. It is now being offered as a therapy option at a number of NHS hospitals. Sessions can be either for individuals and last about 50 minutes, or be 90-minute group discussions. Its similar to CBT, which works by helping patients to consider their negative thoughts and come to more realistic alternative views, says Prof Gilbert. But while CBT focuses on changing behaviour in a neutral, practical way such as using timesheets to plan the day more productively in CFT the focus is more on being kind to yourself. Sessions have three elements: encouraging patients to do activities or make changes that are kind to themselves, such as writing to a friend; helping them focus on seeing the good in other people and their own lives rather than the negative aspects; and getting the patient to speak out loud to themselves in a kind, warm tone. Our brains naturally focus on the negative, says Prof Gilbert. For example, if we go shopping and in nine shops the assistants are extremely helpful but in one shop the assistant is very rude, we focus on the latter and lose sight of the positive experiences.
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Last Updated: Mar 23, 2010 | By Rae Uddin You can develop heart and lung-related symptoms during a severe panic attack. Photo Credit stethoscope image by Adam Borkowski from Fotolia.com If you experience the sudden onset of intense fear or anxiety, you may be having a panic attack. The symptoms of a severe panic attack can mimic those of a heart attack, which may worsen anxiety or fear in some patients. Recurrent symptoms of a severe panic attack may indicate that you have a chronic anxiety disorder, called panic disorder. Discuss the symptoms of a severe panic attack with your doctor to ensure you receive appropriate treatment and care. Heart Rate Abnormalities A panic attack can induce a flight-or-fight response within your body, causing the release of a variety of stimulatory chemicals throughout your blood. When this occurs, your heart muscle can be overstimulated, which can cause it to begin to beat abnormally fast. An increased heart rate may lead to the development of additional symptoms, including headache or dizziness.
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