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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
Psychiatry 42 years experience
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.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
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.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
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.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Are there any ways to stop anxiety and panic attacks with a positive mindset?

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Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
Psychiatry 28 years experience
Possibly: Most people spontaneously capable of it would rarely be seen by a dr. For that reason. A positive mindset is always a helpful trait. There are some methods (relaxation, breathing techniques, meditation) that may help achieving this. Some books and theories may help. Now, if the positive mindset includes compliance with dr. Recommendations and meds, and trust, it's even more possible.

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