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A 21-year-old female asked:

21; 5 months debilitated by (doc suspects) pots symps, always had chest pain running. getting v down, taking benzos for fear, counseling not helping. how to deal mentally with sickness? tired from it.

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
Addiction Medicine 55 years experience
See a psychiatrist.: Anxiety can cause chest pains which is often felt like a heart attack. Benzodiazepines should be used short term for anxiety attacks , usually while waiting for antidepressant to work. When appropriate medication is used alongside psychotherapy( cbt), the combination works better. Ask pcp to refer to a psychiatrist.
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Dr. Marlene Eisen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Relax and meditate!: Too often we rush to medicate when we do not feel well. That sometimes only makes things worse, as we sit with fear and anxiety, wondering if it will work. How about sitting quietly, breathing deeply, acknowledging your pain, then letting it go! pain is a message from body to mind, saying, slow down, be mindful. It is not a threat, so make friends with those symptoms, and release them.
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Last updated Oct 4, 2016


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