Panic Attack Disorder is labeled by The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-5), the internationally most accepted legal and scientific diagnostic criterion, as an Anxiety Disorder. The efficacy of neuropsychological techniques (over 90%), allow to infer that is a disorder not related to infancy history. The sequence I am listing them suggests a hierarchy from lower to most efficacy according to my clinical experience:
- Brief Multi-Sensory Activation (BMSA): developed by Dr. Joaquin Andrade (Uruguay), Dr. Maarten Aalberse (France) and Dr. Christine Sutherland (Australia) based on psychoneuroendocrinology sensory foundations. The strategy is to flood or confuse the perceptive system (receptors, thalamus and amygdala) meanwhile the conflict is evoked. The system gets into a perceptive shock and the conflict release the morbid affect that expresses itself as a sign (panic attack in this case).
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro. Based on the bilateral activity of the brain hemispheres. During the first sensory stimuli through eye movement or tapping produces a desensitization. Persisting in this stimulation a reprocessing stage starts through the reregistration of the cerebral contents in both of its hemispheres. This technique is based on the phenomenon of balancing the lateralized contents or imprinted in only one of the hemispheres expressed as signs.
- Multilevel Tone Calibration-Symptom and Trauma Management (MTC-STM): developed by Rodolfo Garcia Otero, psychologist, through sensory techniques integration and the concept of tone or tension responsible for the autonomic activity on the somatic level (respiration, digestion, sleep, etc.), the cognitive level (attention) and the emotional (self-esteem). It uses the stimulation of the fingertips taken from BSMA and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), bilateral sensory stimulation taken from EMDR and firm stimulation proposed by MTC-STM. Through simple somatic - cognitive exercises, the somatic tone necessary for constrictive movement of organs and glands is calibrated to achieve a balance between the positive and negative charges of Tone. The imbalance of this charge produces signs. While BMSA and EMDR resolve signs during the session, MTC-STM does so in between sessions. Although this third option requires a greater commitment by the patient, its effects are more profound, correcting disorders and other signs on one hand, and on the other hand, decreasing Anxiety level and increasing Attention, Will and Self-Esteem levels simultaneously.
Clinical experience indicates that those suffering from panic attack, also suffer from muscle or autonomous tension. They usually have the back, shoulders and neck stressed. Over time this become chronic, reaching twisting vertebrae or fibromyalgia. Using MTC-STM, all these problems are desensitizing through strengthening. Most of sensory techniques utilize anesthetic procedures just resolves the Panic Attack; while those of strengthening resolve the complete picture.