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Dealing With Panic Attacks Without Medication
CBT and Therapy: I would suggest finding a skilled cognitive behavioral therapist who "specializes" in anxiety disorders. This approach would likely be time-limited, collaborative, include homework, and provide tools to combat anxiety, panic, and worry. Again, search someone who's primary foci are anxiety disorders and "cbt, " which is a gold standard, non pharmacological treatment. ...Read more
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
Panic: and dissociation. Please get the panic attacks treated by a mental health pro such as a clinical psychologist. There are techniques you can learn to help. The dissociation may or may not be related but the psychologist can assess that also. Clinical hypnosis may be helpful for both. See www.asch.net for referrals to licensed pros who are trained to use it. Peace and good health. ...Read more
CBT: Cognitive behavior therapy or cbt has been shown in some studies to be as effective as medication management. Cbt involves exposure and response prevention techniques whereby one can become desensitized and stop having the panic attacks. One has to face their fears head on for it to work. Good luck. ...Read more
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
Behavior Tx: Cbt and other forms of behavioral treatments are of great help with anxiety and may help with panic attacks. However, for many people, panic attacks are so overwhelming that all they've learned about how to "cope" flies out of their heads when one hits. A combination of cbt and medications has been shown to be most effective, with a reasonable hope of stopping meds once one is stable for awhile. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Flashbacks/Panic: Flashbacks can be your system's way of bringing things up to be dealt with -- the problem can be if it happens so much it disrupts your regular life. On your own you can practice meditation, yoga, and breathing exercises, etc -- but you also need an evaluation of your anxiety & panic experiences. Good psychotherapeutic treatments can help you through trauma issues; meds too, if needed. ...Read more
Panic and treatment: Cognitive behavioral therapy for panic disorder typically involves education about the nature and physiology of the panic response, cognitive therapy techniques designed to modify catastrophic misinterpretations of panic symptoms and their consequences, and graduated exposure to panic-related body sensations and avoided situations. Cbt is start in the right direction opening up treatment options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does starting anxiety meds such as SSRI's right after a terror attack block repetitive stressful thoughts and prevent PTSD symptoms?
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
Facial sweating social phobia panic attacks what's a good medication treatment? No ssri due to sexual problems w them.
CBT therapy: Especially if it is relatively isolated to situations like this that, while errorenous, make some sense, therapy where you can learn skills to avoid, reduce and manage anxiety is what I'd urge. Medications do work for symptom relief in some but they don't change the fact that you have problems living your life. It's a great value! Learn to live better. ...Read more
Is medical marijuana useful to calm PTSD or anxiety in patients with seizure disorder who can't be on typical anxiety medications?
Can't say: Unfortunately, very little reliable, peer reviewed research has been done regarding the safety and efficacy of marijuana for anything, despite the long list list of conditions for which it has allegedly been helpful. My own guess it that it is not likely to be helpful, since it clouds thinking, and is difficult to dose properly, resulting in an under or overdose. Stick with more proven therapies ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Meds or no meds: If you wish you can treat anxiety or panic without medication. Medication will only be necessary if your disorder is too severe to for you to benefit from cognitive-behavioral treatment (cbt). Cbt helps master physical skills like breathing, relaxation; thinking skills like not exaggerating outcomes, not overestimating probabilities; and behavioral skills like gradual exposure to situations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sure: Anxiety can vary from very mild to very severe, and everything in between. Not all anxiety causes sweating, and often it doesn't feel like a "panic attack" (a sudden, severe anxiety that is very intense but doesn't last long). Chronic anxiety can be a nagging problem all day without causing sweating or panic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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