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Ativan For Fear Of Flying
I would define fear as an insecure feeling, a feeling of impending doom! this is a sort of defense mechanism we developed that help us to survive. Fear helps us from falling "off the cliffs, " as we know the consequences; and help us survive. Children unknowingly, fall off, as ...Read more
Yes, but no alcohol: Diazepam will help to deal with anxiety about flying. Do not take with alcohol. It would also be helpful to have a guided imagery recording on your ipod, which will help you to relax more naturally. If you must fly often, you should consider working with a therapist to de-sensitize yourself and work on your phobia. ...Read more
Way too much: Sometimes because 1 mg seems like a really low dose, people forget (including some of my colleagues) that Alprazolam is a very potent drug, and that 1 mg of xanax (alprazolam) is the equivalent of up to 15 mg of valium. Doctors starting valium will give no more than 5 mg (sometimes 1-2 mg in the elderly or benzo-naive). Xanax (alprazolam) should be started at 0.25 - 0.5 mg for most people.And yes it can reduce that anxiety. ...Read more
Exposure to crowds: If you need brief treatment of a crowd phobia / near-phobia, you could consult a behavioral therapist to expose you to slowly increasing levels of crowd-related stimuli. They will give you coping skills and will personally support you as well. If you have no time at all, consult your physician about *temporary* anxiolytic pills. Then exposure therapy when you have time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Agoraphobia: Agoraphobia is a fear of public spaces. Included but are not limited to, wide-open spaces, and uncontrollable social situations such as may be met in shopping malls, airports, and rock concerts. Exposure treatment, systematic desensitization, cognitive restructuring and relaxation techniques are often useful to stop or prevent the anxiety and panic associated with agoraphobia. ...Read more
Benzos: Atarax is an antihistamine, not my first choice for anxiety, it will make you tired though. Xanax is a benzodiazepine, which is effective for a panic attack, but long term use can lead to dependence/tolerance and possible abuse, while not effectively treating the underlying anxiety disorder. SSRIs like paxil (paroxetine) and zoloft are much better for long term treatment of anxiety, as well as psychotherapy. ...Read more
What is the Max Xanax (alprazolam) dosage for Panic Attacks. I'm just curious the max single dosage of Xanax (alprazolam) you can get prescribed to panic attacks.
0.5mg Klonopin = 0.5mg Xanax (alprazolam) = 0.5mg Ativan in terms of strength? Which is "best" for fear for flying/claustrophobia on airplane? I can't tell.
Confront your fears: Look for cognitive-behavioral therapy for agoraphobia. You will master techniques for relaxation, cognitive restructuring of dysfunctional thoughts and gradual exposure to situations which provoke anxiety and discomfort. Treatment will help you recover your sense of control and improve your confidence in coping when you find yourself in crowded places or on planes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None!: There is no drug to combat the fear of flying. The treatment is what is called cognitive therapy. What it means that when you take the step to fly for the first time in the company of some whom you trust, your brain will incorporate the fact that nothing bad will happen to you, and you will get rid of the fear. ...Read more
Is a fear of heights a very common phobie or fear? Shouldn't everybody should have fear of heights, for survival.
Fear of Heights: Acrophobia is a fear of heights, and there is a difference about a rational survival based fear of heights and a phobia which is defined as an irrational deep seated fear which can cause paralytic fear of heights in cases where there is no rational fear such as on a safe enclosure or inside a building, or even on a second floor of a house. ...Read more
Fear of both: Agoraphobia was initially characterized as a fear of open spaces. Currently, it is an anxiety disorder where a sufferer is afraid of difficult, or embarrassing situations from which he cannot escape, or obtain enough assistance or reassurance to feel secure. It is often related to panic disorder where the sufferer may be so fearful of panic attacks to the point of becoming unable to leave home. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Antidepressant: Antidepressant would be a better choice for the first attempt at treatment. They do not cause tolerance or withdrawal that can lead to dependence. Xanax (alprazolam) does have a higher risk for dependence. Xanax (alprazolam) can make you drowsy and many antidepressants on the market do not. ...Read more
History anxiety enclosed spaces. Long flight scared of panic. Friend has left over 10mg diazepam from surgery. Should i take half? Scared of it too
Diverting controlled: substances is illegal & not ever a good idea. Ask your psychologist to help you with self-calming techniques for flying at your next Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy session. If you have not yet sought accurate diagnosis & treatment of you Anxiety Disorder(s), ask your PCP to refer you to a psychiatrist & psychologist when you go in to request sedatives for your upcoming flight. ...Read more
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