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How to tell if i have anxiety or panic disorder?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Panic: Sudden intense anxiety of brief duration (lasting less than 10 mins.) signals panic attacks.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Psychiatric eval: Should be able to diagnose. Panic attacks can develop rapidly ; include: marked anxiety; rapid, pounding heart beat; chest tightness or pain; shortness of breath with hyperventilation; hot or cold flashes; a sense of butterflies in the stomach, nausea or even vomiting; tingling of mouth or extremities; increased sweating; feeling faint or lightheaded; headache or shaking. There may be difficulty.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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swallowing or tight throat; a sense that you are not real or that the world around you feels surreal. You may be afraid you are going crazy or that you'll die. Panic attacks usually peak w/i ten minutes & then begin to subside but can leave you exhausted or feeling residual anxiety.
Jan 11, 2014

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A 32-year-old member asked:

I have anxiety and panic disorder. Self harm as well., what to do?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Are you in treatment: Currently? If not, one good option would be dialectical behavioral therapy which is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy. See if any there are therapists in your area that provide dbt.

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