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How to tell difference between anxiety and panic attacks vs an actual medical problem or emergency.

How to tell difference between anxiety and panic attacks vs an actual medical problem or emergency.

Often similar: At times it's difficult to tell the difference as feeling of shortness of breath, tremulousness, sweats, dizziness and palpitations can occur in both situations. When in doubt, have an evaluation by a physician for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Is a panic attack anxiety dangerous?

Is a panic attack  anxiety dangerous?

Physically, no, even: though the symptoms can be frightening. Many people have only one or two panic attacks in their lifetimes. If yours recur & you worry about having another one, you may have Panic Disorder. Panic attacks also occur within the context of other psychiatric disorders. If yours recur & you do not seek treatment, you can develop specific phobis that cause harmful impact to your daily functioning. ...Read more

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How can I stop panic attacks and anxiety?

Get psychiatric eval: To make accurate assessment, check for underlying medical conditions ; to see if psychotropic medications are indicated. To address anxiety/ panic: talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi gong, tai chi, . ...Read more

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What causes my anxiety and panic attacks?

What causes my anxiety and panic attacks?

Possible Causes: Some things which can ^ risk for panic attacks include: previous abuse/ trauma as well as genetic predisposition. Traumatic brain injury, hyperthyroidism, hypoglycemia, mitral valve prolapse, recurrent hyperventilation, extreme physical activity, drug abuse & use of stimulants may ^ risk. Acute stressors or chronic stress, illness, claustrophobia & major life changes can also play a part. ...Read more

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What can I take for anxiety/panic attacks?

What can I take for anxiety/panic attacks?

Get evaluation 1st: With anxiety and panic attacks, it's best to get evaluated before medicating yourself. You want to make sure your general health is good and no other conditions are contributing to your symptoms. Medications like ssri's can prevent panic attacks and calm anxiety. Also psychotherapy can help a lot, and may be even longer lasting. Your doctor, a psychiatrist, and psychotherapist can help you. ...Read more

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Whats normal with anxiety and panic attacks?

Whats normal with anxiety and panic attacks?

Question to vague: If you are looking for symptoms that can differentiate the two disorders i suggest going on epocrates or webmd which will help. Their is not enough space to fully answer this question here. Both can be stand alone diagnoses or part of some larger diagnosis. I would suggest seeing your family dr. And go over the symptoms. Their are many rating scales that can be found on the web. ...Read more

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What can I do if i'm having anxiety/panic attacks?

What can I do if i'm having anxiety/panic attacks?

Manage anxiety: By learning relaxation skills & learning to modify the thoughts, perceptions & beliefs that trigger your anxiety. Learning to calm your body & your mind is the key. You can learn these skills on your own, but having a mental health professional "coach" you is quicker & more effective. Biofeedback helps learn relaxation skills (www.Bcia.Org & www.Aapb.Org). ...Read more

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How can I treat horrible anxiety and panic attacks?

Meds and therapy: Panic attacks occur when our brain believes we are in danger, and engages the fight or flight response. The good news is that panic attacks are usually easily treated with a combination of medications and cognitive behavioral therapy. Learning relaxation strategies is helpful, as are soothing self talk and distraction. Here is a relaxation link to get you started: http://tinyurl.Com/bnodn8y. ...Read more

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How to remove anxiety and panic attacks in 2 weeks?

In a rush: Rushing and pressuring to get rid of anxiety is like getting anxious about getting anxious. Some meds, though potientially addicitive can provide short-term immediate relief. In the long proper medical, psychiatric and psychological assessment is need and learning skills in therapy is the solution. See. http://cpancf.com/anxietydisordersbasics.asp. ...Read more

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What to do if I have intense anxiety/panic attacks?

Sometimes you will: Need to remove yourself from the trigger. Breath in slowly ; deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if desired. This is something that can be done for an acute panic attack - but you really will need a comprehensive psychiatric. ...Read more

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Can panic attacks (not just anxiety) occur non-stop?

Yes: The more panic attacks you have the more likely you'll continue to have them. They are almost never life-threatening. Find a psychotherapist who specializes in cognitive- behavioral psychotherapy, a proven effective treatment. It;s likely you are exaggerating the physical harm in your mind. ...Read more

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How to know if i just had an anxiety or panic attack?

How to know if i just had an anxiety or panic attack?

Med eval.: Panic attacks often last 2 to 10 mins. Sx’s can include: sense of severe anxiety or panic, chest tightness or pain, rapid or pounding heartbeat, areas of numbness or pins ; needles type sensation, hot flashes or chills ; heavy perspiration. There may be a tickle sensation in the stomach or nausea, feeling dizzy or faint ; physical shaking. The person may fear that they are going crazy, they are>. ...Read more

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Techniques to quickly end an anxiety or panic attack?

Abdominal breathing: Best is learn to use deep breathing using abdominal muscles ehale slowly or using paper bag last option is xanax (alprazolam) or other benzo. ...Read more

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How should one take care of anxiety and panic attacks?

How should one take care of anxiety and panic attacks?

Treat it: Anxiety is very treatable with psyhotherapy and or psychiatric medication. Seek a good psychiatrist and clinical psychologist. As always, rule out medical causes first. For basics on anxiety disorder see: http://cpancf.Com/anxietydisordersbasics.Asp. ...Read more

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Any tips for traveling with anxiety and panic attacks?

Any tips for traveling with anxiety and panic attacks?

People who have: Panic attacks are ok but often fear dying or some other catastrophic event. The fear of another panic attack becomes the real issue. Some therapists will even prescribe panic attacks to help the person see that they are ok and that the attacks are self-limiting. Please see a psychologist for support. Peace and good health. When traveling remember that panic attacks are self-limiting. ...Read more

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What to do if my boyfriend has an anxiety/panic attack?

What to do if my boyfriend has an anxiety/panic attack?

Knowledge 2 Help: The more you know, the better you can help your friend. "panic attacks tend to start quickly and reach a peak within 10 minutes. The peak generally lasts for about 5 to 10 minutes before the symptoms start to settle. However, it can take quite some time for all the symptoms to subside." source=page on panic disorder by anxiety disorders assn' of british columbia (http://bit.Ly/pylkom). ...Read more

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How do you deal with undiagnosed anxiety/panic attacks?

How do you deal with undiagnosed anxiety/panic attacks?

See a pro: I would strongly recommend getting a diagnosis and seeking professional help. Anxiety and panic attacks are no picnic and working with a professional will really help you learn strategies and techniques for anxiety management. ...Read more

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How to tell if what I have are anxiety / panic attacks?

Psychological Eval.: Panic attacks are usually brief. They often last a couple of minutes to around ten minutes. Symptoms can include a sense of severe anxiety or panic as well as chest tightness or pain and a rapid or pounding heartbeat. A person can experience hot flashes or chills and perspire heavily. There may be a sense of a tickle sensation in the stomach or nausea. When a person has a panic attack they may >. ...Read more

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What does is feel like to have anxiety or a panic attack?

What does is feel like to have anxiety or a panic attack?

Panic=sudden anxiety: Panic-rapid onset - 4 or more of- heartbeat fast, sweat, shaky, short of breath, chest tightness/pain, nausea/stomach problem, lightheaded/fainty, feeling detached, fear of losing it, fear of dying. Anxiety- excessive worry plus 3 of - keyed up or restless, easily tired, irritable, muscle tension, trouble falling or staying asleep, trouble concentrating. Panic/anxiety may occur in same person. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have meds for anxiety and panic attacks?

That is likely.: It would be best to start by seeing your physician. He or she can assess you medically for underlying causes of your anxiety that need to be addressed. Your physician might prescribe you medication for your anxiety/ panic or recommend that you see a psychiatrist. But i would not count on a specific medication being prescribed. Please don't forget about talking therapy. It is important. ...Read more

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How do I deal with very frequent anxiety or panic attacks?

How do I deal with very frequent anxiety or panic attacks?

See the link below: Panic attacks treatment (diy) - therapy www.Selftherapy.Org/panic-attacks-treatment.Php free transcript describes a self treatment for panic attacks and other anxiety disorders. Also see your family doctor to rule out physical causes. See a psychologist for psychotherapy and a psychiatrist for medication management if necessary. Best wishes for a happy holiday season. ...Read more

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What are some methods of coping with anxiety/panic attacks?

Panic attacks: F you can find a quiet place - do so. Breath in slowly ; deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to. ...Read more

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What should I do to take care of anxiety and panic attacks?

Anxiety: Sometimes it is genetic. See a psychiatrist and ask that question after they have interviewed you. Psychotherapy and meds can definitely help. ...Read more

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How to cope with anxiety/panic attacks with out medication ?

How to cope with anxiety/panic attacks with out medication ?

Panic attacks: create a fear that one may happen at any time, thus the person shrinks more and more from social interaction. The fight flight freeze response gets triggered too easily. Herbert Benson's book "The Relaxation Response" provides a helpful technique to cope w/this. A clinical psychologist can help re-train your hair trigger response. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What should I do if anxiety and panic attacks getting worse?

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What should I do if anxiety and panic attacks getting worse?

Panic: Best therapy is combination of cognitive behavior therapy, relaxation, breathing exercises, and medications to block panic attacks. ...Read more

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I have had 4 anxiety/panic attacks reccently; will i recover?

I have had 4 anxiety/panic attacks reccently; will i recover?

Anxiety Attacks: Yes, you certainly could recover but you should consult with a mental health professional who specializes in treating anxiety as you are much more likely to recover with his or her help. Best. ...Read more

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I have awful panic attacks from anxiety--how can I stop these?

Panic and meds: The best approach is medication such as ssris (ex:prozac, lexapro) and initial use of benzodiazepines such as xanax (alprazolam) or Klonopin to stop the panic and later as needed (rescue) along with cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt). ...Read more

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Can you tell me how i can stop worry anxiety and panic attack?

Would encourage you: To see your physician or a psychiatrist to rule out possible medical causes. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be very effective treatment for anxiety ; panic. Sometimes psychiatric medications are indicated. Get help now, so that you can start gaining control over these symptoms. Take care. ...Read more

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What will help - I suffer from severe panic attacks + anxiety ?

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Anxiety: Start with your primary care physician to do the initial workup, then make referral to a counselor for therapy, & a psychiatrist for medication evaluation & management. ...Read more

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What is the best way to calm my anxiety and panic attacks down?

What is the best way to calm my anxiety and panic attacks down?

Deep breathing /CBT: Although its simply a "tool, " slow, controlled breathing (inhale through nose and think "1" exhale through mouth and think "relax" do this until you reach 10, twice a day, ) is a portable tool you can use anywhere. Ultimately, monitoring and changing cognitions related to panic and exposure to panic (a)sensations and (b) (situations is the gold standard (cbt) to conquer panic. ...Read more

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Can you explain anxiety to me. Is it the same as a panic attack?

A panic attack is 1: From of an anxiety disorder. Anxiety symptoms can include feeling nervous or irritable, muscle tension (especially in neck, shoulders ; back), poor quality or minimal sleep, lack of concentration ; easy fatiguability. Lump in throat or butterfly in stomach sensation can occur. Panic attacks sxs: anxiety; rapid, pounding heart; chest tightness/pain; shortness of breath w hyperventilation; hot />. ...Read more

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What could I do to find out if i'm having anxiety/panic attacks?

What could I do to find out if i'm having anxiety/panic attacks?

Get med eval: Panic attacks can develop rapidly and can 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, shaking; difficulty swallowing or throat tightness; a >>. ...Read more

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I want to know whether i'll die if I have an anxiety/panic attack?

No: No you will not die if you have a panic attack although people sometimes feel like they might. You should see someone about it. There are a lot of helpful treatments available. ...Read more

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Having panic attack symptoms without anxiety or feeling panicked ?

non-fearful panic: Non-fearful panic attacks were described in the early 1980's and the treatment is the same as for panic attacks. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine and dosage for panic attacks and anxiety?

No best medicine.: Any of the antidepressants FDA approved for panic attacks, and /or benzodiazepines can help you. For example Paxil, (paroxetine) Prozac, Zoloft etc. Start with lowest dose and then increase as needed. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how panic attacks and anxiety attacks differ?

Can you please tell me how panic attacks and anxiety attacks differ?

A Way 2 Think About: Most people don't differentiate the experience of (a) panic, which involves intense symptoms that take hold suddenly (e.g., racing heart, sweating, fear of dying, etc.) and which is relatively short-lived, from (b) a state of anxiety, which involves worry along with prolonged symptoms that tend to be less intense, but may persist (sleep disturbance, trouble concentrating, restlessness, etc.). ...Read more

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I get a lot of anxiety attacks and panic attacks, how can I get btter?

Accept professional: Help. Medical evaluation to rule out underlying medical causes is important. Consider seeing a psychologist or a psychiatrist. Psychiatric medications are often indicated but if you don't add in non-pharmacological approaches you won't have a full a response. Take care. ...Read more

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What are suggested ways to calm down from a panic attack or bad anxiety?

Breathing: If you can find a quiet place - do so. Breath in slowly & deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to. If you haven't been assessed for your panic/ anxiety - that would be prudent. Take care. ...Read more

Panic (Definition)

Panic is a psychological and somatic state of anxiety usually involving extreme fear, characterized by symptoms such as shortness of breath, rapid pounding heartbeat, sometimes dizziness or light-headedness, tunnel vision, a sense of unreality, and a feeling of needing to escape from ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Panic Attack (Definition)

A type of anxiety disorder in which someone has repeated attacks of intense fear that something bad will ...Read more