Panic attacks can be incredibly frightening. People who experience them can often feel intense bodily sensations including rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath or feeling as though one cannot breathe, trembling, sweating and nausea. Along with physical experience, people often feel a severe sense of dread or fear of dying.
Pop songstress Ellie Goulding opened up about her battle with anxiety and specifically, panic attacks back in 2013. The 29-year-old explained that her symptoms were debilitating and intrusive. She says that her panic attacks were often so bad, that she couldn’t travel to her music studio without experiencing an attack.
“My surroundings would trigger a panic attack, so I couldn’t go to the studio unless I was lying down in the car with a pillow over my face,” Goulding says.
Finally, the pop-singer decided to seek help in the form of therapy, and chose Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT, working with a professional CBT specialist.
“I was skeptical at first because I’d never had therapy, but not being able to leave the house was so debilitating,” She says.
When embarking on a short-course of CBT, individuals will usually be given techniques in order to help overcome the symptoms of panic attacks and general anxiety. These techniques can be used long after the CBT course is complete.
These techniques normally target hard-wired negative thought patterns that can keep individuals in a vicious cycle. CBT helps people find ways of escaping this negative cycle and think more positively.
Anxiety can be described as an innate survival emotion. The brain tells us when we’re in danger and need to respond to that danger. With anxiety disorders, problems arise when day-to-day situations provoke a danger response, and this can often lead to a full-blown panic attack. It can be very confusing as often, people do not know where this fear is coming from.
Goulding now says she has overcome her panic attacks and has more control in her life and music career.
“There were a couple of times after I released ‘Delirium’ when I was doing promo and thought, ‘Oh god, it’s coming back, it’s coming back,’ but it didn’t. I think my body has become quite good at controlling anxiety,”