A 42-year-old member asked:
is it possible to stop anxiety and panic attacks just with a positive mindset?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Pamela Pappas answered
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
Dr. Kevin Passer answered
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
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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