A 42-year-old member asked:
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is it possible to stop anxiety and panic attacks just with a positive mindset?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
No: Positive mindset operates mostly in the conscious mind -- like will-power, you have to keep affirming various things. Anxiety and panic attacks involve unconscious areas as well -- in fact this may be their primary source. To help anxiety & panic, you need to engage more parts of "you" than only your conscious mind. Meditation; psychotherapy that includes thought & emotion; sometimes medications.
Answered on Nov 22, 2014
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Dr. Kevin Passer
34 years experience Child Psychiatry
Relaxation Breathing: If you want to avoid medication for your panic attacks, i highly revommend the book: the relaxation response by benson. Read the entire book, the start doing the exercises as contained in the book. Start with 5 minutes twice a day working up to 10 minutes twice a day. You will soon learn to relax and your mindset can remain positive during the entire relaxation period. It's not hard. Good luck.
Answered on Oct 24, 2012
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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Panic & mind-set: Self-talk thru reassurance & positive thinking, meditating, imagery techniques thru visualizing pleasant instead of scary scenes, and exposure instead of avoidance , can eventually help you take better control over your negative thinking & fears.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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