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what do i do when i have an anxiety attack?

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Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 40 years experience
Be prepared: Hopefully you are seeing a therapist to help you with issues that trigger the anxiety attack. If you aren't, that is the first thing to do. The therapist can help you get to the thoughts that are triggering the attacks, and provide you with tools and resources to help prevent them, or get you through them if they happen. Don't delay. No need to suffer!
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Breathe: If you can find a quiet place - do so. Breath in slowly ; deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to. If you haven't been assessed for your panic/ anxiety - that would be prudent. Anxiety is no fun but it is treatable.

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Can you eat after an anxiety attack?

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Yes.: It's okay to eat after an anxiety attack. If you are throwing up, however, it may be wise to wait until your anxiety is under control before starting to take food.
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What's a normal anxiety attack like?

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Anxiety: An anxiety or panic attack can feel like your heart is racing, that electricity is flowing through your arms, and can include shortness of breath. Basically like you're being chased by a bear. Anxiety and panic attacks are easily treated by a licensed psychologist. There also many self-help books available that can help you manage these anxiety attacks successfully.
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What are the signs for an anxiety attack?

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Dr. Adam Front
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Fight or flight: Can be short of breath / hyperventilating, tunnel vision, dizziness, rapid pulse, sweating shaking, etc., usually in the absence of any fear producing stimulus. Find a therapist who specializes in exposure based therapy for panic and anxiety.
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What an anxiety attack is?

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Dr. Kristine Gerwell
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Anxiety and Panic: Anxiety and panic often hit in "attack" form, coming on suddenly along with sweating, fast breathing and a feeling of loss of control. They can also build slowly, and may ihave irritability, insomnia, headaches and an upset stomach. The causes of the attack differ greatly between people. Talking to a counselor can help you understand your triggers and deal with them in a positive manner.
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How to know you are having an anxiety attack.

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Dr. Ian Cook
Dr. Ian Cook answered
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Attack Symptoms: Besides feelings of anxiety/fear/nervousness, other symptoms can include a feeling of impending doom; choking sensation; dizziness; hot or cold chills; skin turning pale or red; nausea; racing or pounding heart; sweating; feeling out of control. It may be difficult to tell an anxiety or panic attack from serious medical issues like a heart attack, so professional assessment may be advisable.

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