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A 34-year-old member asked:

what to do about my panic attacks during car ride?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Panic in the car.: 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. Wonder if you have motion sickness with hyperventilation that transitions into panic. Get checked. Take care.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What can I do for panic attacks during car rides?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Consider: acupuncture or acupressure. 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. Looking at horizon can help as well as rolling car window down.

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