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Can You Make Yourself Have A Panic Attack
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
If you can't make yourself have a panic attack them why would a therapist ask you to make yourself have one?
Ask your therapist: You should always feel free to discuss with your therapist anything that is happening in your therapy and that includes such questions. Sometimes in therapy for panic disorders it can be helpful if the patient and therapist understand what exactly (thoughts and images) might bring about the panic symptoms. That might be why this issue came up. But you should ask. ...Read more
Peak of anxiety: Panic attacks are a sudden surge of fear that last 10 to 30 minutes. Typical symptoms are: difficulty breathing; sweating; chest pain; unsteadiness, dizziness; feelings of unreality; trembling or shaking; tingling or numbness; nausea or abdominal distress; palpitations or tachycardia; choking, smothering sensations; hot flashes or cold chills; fear of dying; fear of going crazy or losing control. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Panic attack: Panic attack usually lasts about 15 minutes total. It can occur in daytime or wake you up at night. The symptoms include sudden onset high anxiety state, feeling like you either are going to die or are going to go crazy. 4 physical symptoms must accompany, e.g. Shortness of breath, chest pressure/pain, numbness/tingling, feeling like you will pass out. Often it appears like a heart attack.Call md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sxs: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I don't know: Some things which can ^ risk for panic attacks include: Risks >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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not really: No, it's not normal to have a panic attack -- very uncomfortable too! Most people don't like it when others interfere with their personal possessions or space, and tell the other to back off. Having your anxiety set off when this happens could mean you're more intense about it than healthy for you, though. Checking this out with a psychiatrist or psychologist might be helpful to you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Panic attacks are as much about percieved harm as real harm & often you see something you can do to remove the percieved threat. I once felt the walls of a large store were caving in on me so I went outside - threat gone! Also some physical symptoms are slight and generally those pass quickly like increased heart rate or breathing heavy or increased bp. ...Read more
Why when I have a panic attack my vision is disoriented and I get flashing zig zags in my vision?
Ocular migraines!: Ocular migraines are a form of migraines that take place in the occipital cortex (part of the brain that interprets/controls vision). They lack the severe headache as common migraines. The symptoms are usually all or mostly visual and are typically described as flashing of light or ziz-zag lights in the vision. They usually last less than 30 minutes and affect the vision out of both eyes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very Common: During a panic attack it is common to experience feelings of unreality or derealization due to physiological changes in our bodies caused by a sudden and unexpected release of adrenaline. Hyperventilation can cause changes in your bodies ph that leads to changes in sensory perceptions which the brain will interpret as unreal. Eventually the body will restore reality. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Fear vs Excitement?: The physical manifestations of anxiety/panic r the direct result of the cascade of physiological events that get triggered when our primitive fear & rage brain centers sense danger -- or a chance to mate! These very same centers are highly active during sexual foreplay & activity. Think about it: is ur "uncontrollable" shaking so different than what happens when u climax (reach orgasm)? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I read to pull over of you have a panic attack driving but that's not always possible. What else can I do? .
Back 2 Driver's Seat: Fear of having a panic attack can affect really start limiting ur life. Avoidance is not the answer. That will only isolate u & grow the fear. Get good eval 1st: see clinical psychologist/psychiatrist who's anxiety expert. Learn about effective treatment: exposure & response prevention which will involve facing ur fear in progressively more challenging steps. Try anxietybc. Org for education'l info. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible to have a panic attack a few weeks post going off of the pill (after being on it for 6 years).?
Panic attack: You don't mention what medication you were taking for that long. A panic attack relapse could happen regardless if you are or not on medication. If you were taking an SSRI like fluoxetine or other as well as a benzodiazepine like alprazolam it could be possible to be more likely to have a relapse if you stop taking these meds abruptly or without specific recommendations from your doctor. ...Read more
When I have a panic attack about a certain situation and someone says "it's all in your head"! Is that really true?
Partly true: The cause of the panic attack is usually a signal from your brain, but the effects of the panic attack are in your body! The brain sends a fear signal that turns on your body's fight-or-flight response. Hormones speed up your heart, make you tremble, dilate your pupils, and raise your blood pressure. So what you feel in your body is actually in your body! ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
I read that if you have a panic attack while driving it best to pull over but where I live the shoulders are very narrow. What's the next best thing?
Short & long of it:a: In the moment, slow your breathing! (panic is fueled by oxygen!) in the long run, learn about panic & how it works. Psychoeducation & cognitive behavioral therapy - "cbt"- can help you learn to manage panic disorder & even overcome it. Seek help from a clinical psychologist. ...Read more
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