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what's the best way to get rid of panic attacks/calm your self down from one?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Various: The feeling during a panic attack of being in imminent danger & needing to escape is so basic, so instinctive, that ignoring it can be very challenging.Realizing that there is no danger, regardless of how it feels, is a 1st step.When the feeling comes on, excusing oneself & finding a quiet place to do some slow deep breathing exercises can be helpful.Cognitive behavioral therapy can help, meds too.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Panic: Relaxation breathing could help. Buy and read the book the relaxation response and good luck.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Panic: Breathing exercises work best ifdone the right way. Start with your hand on your waist, breath in & let your hand reach your nose, count 1, then breath out. Breath in again & count 1, 2 . Breath out then breath in & count 1, 2, 3. Breath out then in & count 1, 2, 3, 4 . Keep repeating breathing in & out until reach 7 . After that breath out then in & count 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 . Repeat until reach 1.
Dr. Delight Thompson
Clinical Psychology 18 years experience
Self-Assess: Identify triggers, self-assess what helps and what doesn't. Focus on what you can control. Practice daily stress mgmt. Use scale 1-10, 10 being the worst to rate anxiety level. Try not to let anxiety build over a 6 or 7 without intervening. Free Apps: 1)MyCalmBeat, 2) StressCheck, 3)TacticalBreather, 4)LifeArmor, 5)Breathe2Relax, 6) BioZen, 7) BinauralBeats, 8) Instant HeartRate. CBT. Medication.

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