Biofeedback for Panic Disorder
By measuring physiological changes associated with anxiety and panic
and feeding this information back via computer, biofeedback helps you
- become aware of patterns that predispose you to panic attacks
- develop the mind-body skills to break out of the negative spiral
that leads to panic.
Breathing Training with Biofeedback
Research suggests people with Panic Disorder are predisposed
to over-breathe. Hyperventilation (over-breathing) can be detected with a device
called a capnometer. Biofeedback training to optimise breathing can both reduce vulnerability and
give you skills to respond effectively to early signs of panic.
Read more about breathing biofeedback.
Panic and Heart Rate Coherence
Another aspect of panic is that imbalance in the body's
Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) leads to extreme "fight or flight" responses.
Heart Rate Coherence biofeedback aims to train a healthier balance in the ANS.
Read more about Heart Rate Coherence.
"Glyn and his biofeedack methods,
relaxation and breathing techniques have helped me stop hyperventilating constantly,
having crippling panic attacks and have enabled me to live my life again."
- Elspeth, East Yorkshire
A panic attack is a sudden and spiralling feeling of intense anxiety, usually
with physical symptoms such as a
pounding heart, chest pain, difficulty breating, nausea, dizziness, numbness or
tingling, or feelings of unreality, accompanied by thoughts of losing control and
What Causes Panic Attacks?
Several factors may contribute to underlying vulnerability to panic:
- Poor nutrition leading to periods of low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia). Sugar is
the brain's exclusive source of energy.
- A hypersensitive Sympathetic Nervous System (associated with the "fight or
- A predisposition to hyperventilation (see below).
- Psychological factors.
York Mind-Body Health's approach can address all these.
Panic and Hyperventilation
Anxiety tends to lead to over-breathing or hyperventilation. This paradoxically
starves the brain of oxygen - emotions run out of control, and it becomes
difficult to focus and think clearly. This can create a spiral: more you over-breathe, the worse the
No More Panic
: Support site for sufferers of Panic Disorder, phobias and more.
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With free parking it is readily accessible to
residents of York, Leeds and the Yorkshire area.
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