1st - hello!
2nd - You are all great on this site
3rd – situation: advice about the success of hypnosis and the effective treatment of panic attacks.
I've lived with anxiety and depression for the last 40 years.
When our 2nd child was born, Isabel, I knew from the first moment I held her in my arms that sadly, she had it too (our eldest has escaped it completely).
I did think with all my experience that I would be able to steer her through. But, by and large, everything I went through at her age, so has she also, albeit perhaps to a lesser degree.
Now at 19, she is a capable, intelligent, articulate young woman: but increasingly restricted by anxiety, to the point where it is slowly becoming a main consideration in her decision making processes to do with her future. Her current crisis is panic attacks, generally sparked off by separation anxiety. And for those of us who know how this feels, this is not simply 'home sickness'.
To put it mildly, my heart is breaking. There isn't anything she feels, says, thinks or does that I haven't already 'been there and done that' with.
The good news however, is that by her age I also had full on depression and so far, I see no real evidence of this in her. (You can imagine, I have everything crossed!!!!!)
So, to get to my request for your advice: Has anyone had experience with Hypnosis for the treatment of panic attacks?
I have been taking medication for more years than I care to remember, without an end in sight and I am so keen for her to try and avoid this route if possible. Please don't misinterpret this: medication has its place, without a doubt.
Could you please share any thoughts or experiences you have with this - could it help? Do you have to keep having it indefinitely?