Thought it may be a good time to blog about these two issues, Anxiety and Panic attacks as there seems to be lots of it about at the moment. Had a patient today who is crippled with anxiety, experiencing panic attacks and at rock bottom. How brave of them to actually do something about it then, just when you thought all was hopeless, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. There doesnt always have to be a reason why these two issues occur, and often looking for reasons may increase their hold on us. What is important is to decide what outcome you would like, and then how that outcome will impact on your life and what is going on in your life. ie, how will your life look when you have your desired outcome. Most of the time, this is not something we consider. We know we want something to change, but we dont think about how life will be once it has changed. If we take a peek at how much better our life looks when things change, that can spur us on to make it a reality. My patient was quite clear in what they wanted in their life in the future, although at the outset this seemed unclear. In gentle questioning, we can ascertain where someone is, and then, where they would like to be. Giving them a little glimpse of this bring hope to the hopeless, and then offerring all the support and love possible, allows them to take the leap of faith and have the life they deserve. Wow how lucky am I to do this job, have a great life!