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Does child abuse lead to panic attacks?

Does child abuse lead to panic attacks?

This is complicated!: Child abuse can lead to many different psychological responses, including panic attacks. Certainly, the lack of support (whether it be physical safely, food, or even parental love) that defines child abuse leads to insecurity and fear. A child with a history of abuse needs a very constant, predictable, non-threatening environment to recover. ...Read more

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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


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Would a mental and substance abuse doctor perscribe Xanax (alprazolam) for axiety and panic attacks?

Would a mental and substance abuse doctor perscribe Xanax (alprazolam) for axiety and panic attacks?

See below: It also depends on how often you use the meds. My rule of thumb is that two episodes of use per week is reasonable. However, there is still a danger of igniting heavier use even with this regimen. ...Read more

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Substance abuse caused by anxiety depression panic attacks anxiety attacks my past and others?

Substance abuse caused by anxiety depression panic attacks anxiety attacks my past and others?

Clarify question: For the complex problems listed on your chart, limited assistance can be expected p with a simple answer. You may benefit with a virtual consult with more details. Feel better:) ...Read more

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Mother is emotionally abusive and gives me extreme panic attacks. Is there a kind of restraining order without someone having to leave the home?

AVVO.COM: Agree with the info you have received from the three physicians who have responded. You can also ask this question on avvo.Com for free legal input from a lawyer who practices in rhode island. ...Read more

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Parents divorce after 32yr lost home had 4 21yr & bad dreams from family memories &old house dad was abusive have panic attacks wen near house PTSD?

Parents divorce after 32yr lost home had 4  21yr & bad dreams from family memories &old house dad was abusive have panic attacks wen near house PTSD?

Yes: All of the necessary conditions are there for PTSD and there is effective treatment available for you. Please see a counselor to start on the road to recovery from these awful experiences. You deserve to feel better. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a panic attack to trigger a flashback of c/h sex. Abuse? Was panicking about s/th else, then felt like that 5 yr old girl again.

Is it possible for a panic attack to trigger a flashback of c/h sex. Abuse? Was panicking about s/th else, then felt like that 5 yr old girl again.

Important question: Yes, a panic attack can trigger a flashback. If flashbacks, jumpiness, feeling numb, avoiding things that remind you of sexual abuse, or issues of trust are affecting your life, please see a psychiatrist for a good evaluation. If you're already in treatment, discuss this with your clinician to understand what brought on the panic and how it can be treated. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can a severe panic attack cause fainting and self-urination in a 15 year old female with a history of sexual abuse?

Can a severe panic attack cause fainting and self-urination in a 15 year old female with a history of sexual abuse?

Not usually: The loss of urinary control is worrisome here -- it could be a seizure. This young lady needs a neurology consultation to check on this possibility. They will also want to do additional studies as well. Some people with this history can develop psychogenic seizures, but these don't usually include self-urination. I hope she's also getting treatment for her panic attacks and other issues. ...Read more

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What kinds of medications are safe for a child who has panic attacks?

What kinds of medications are safe for a child who has panic attacks?

SSRIs: Ssris like sertraline, fluoxetine, and citalopram are preferred, but only in more severe cases such as when the attacks prevent normal activities like school attendance. Other anxiety drugs like benzodiazepines are not recommended because of their potential side effects and other issues such as withdrawal and abuse potential. Behavior therapy is the treatment choice and is generally successful. ...Read more

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Could a hazelnut intolerance be causing my child to have panic attacks?

Could a hazelnut intolerance be causing my child to have panic attacks?

Yes: Allergic reactions can result in what looks like anxiety. If the child has an allergic reaction, s/he can become anxious about the physical changes. ...Read more

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Can child abuse lead to a person becoming bipolar?

Can child abuse lead to a person becoming bipolar?

Yes it can.: Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder on the basis of complex interplay between genetics, environment and experience/behavior. The severe stress of being abused as a child can certainly activate a genetic loading for bipolar disorder. In my experience a high percentage of persons diagnosed with bipolar disorder have been abused during childhood. ...Read more

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What can cause a child to have panic attacks?

What can cause a child to have panic attacks?

Multiple factors: We do not fully understand panic attacks. We believe it is an interplay between a genetic or familial susceptibility to anxiety and some external trigger. The trigger can be a real or imagined event which produces the biologic response of extreme fearfulness. Panic attacks are treatable. Discuss treatment options with your doctor. ...Read more

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Does a generally afraid child eventually have problems with panic attacks?

Does a generally afraid child eventually have problems with panic attacks?

Panic: Some kids with early separation anxiety go on to develop social anxiety & later on generalized anxiety. Very few develop panic disorder. ...Read more

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I currently take lexapro (escitalopram) for my anxiety and panic attacks. my husband and I want a child. What can I do?

Complicated.: Anxiety and panic attacks are not good for the fetus. Escitalopram has been taken by many pregnant women without harm; but there is always concern that in a small percentage it could be harmful. Risks may be overstated, but they are still present. You need to make an informed decision with husband, obstetrician, and psychiatrist. Doing without means making some elaborate contingency plans. ...Read more

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Does child abuse lead to emotional attachment problems in kids?

Does child abuse lead to emotional attachment problems in kids?

It often does: Child abuse in implys that the people trusted to care for a child also inflict physical, emotional or sexual abuse.The fact that these perpetrators are supposed to create the strongest bonds of trust with the victim, often makes the victum leary of any close relationship. When their bonded abuser can be both loving & supportive & cruel & hateful, kids may distrust everyone.Therapy can help in time. ...Read more

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My niece who's almost 21, has recently had sudden panick attacks. Shes always been very outgoing. Shes an only child she has many friends. Recently she has been suffering from acute sudden panic attacks where she can't even be in public. My concern is

My niece who's almost 21, has recently had sudden panick attacks.  Shes always been very outgoing.  Shes an only child she has many friends.  Recently she has been suffering from acute sudden panic attacks where she can't even be in public.  My concern is

If : If she has true panic attacks she will be able to describe them and the DX should be clear from this alone. They are not related to depression but to anxiety and a good approach to help such patients is to: have them obtain and read and study a good book on this subject (many out there for the public). Here is just one: treating panic disorder: a quick reference guidepsychiatryonline.Org/content.Aspx?Bookid=49&aid=154340cached you +1'd this publicly. Undo oct 27, 2011 – treating panic disorder: a quick reference guide. Based on practice guideline for the treatment of patients with panic disorder, ... ...Read more

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My younger brother was diagnosed with epilepsy as a child and still has them today he is 26 and has anxiety and panic attacks what's the dangers?

My younger brother was diagnosed with epilepsy as a child and still has them today he is 26 and has anxiety and panic attacks what's the dangers?

Unclear: It is pretty common for patients with epilepsy to also have anxiety disorders. There is a very slight risk of seizure with some of the antidepressant/anxiety medications but that would be managed by his anticonvulsant medication. ...Read more

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Tokophobia, molested as a child, panic attacks & extreme anxiety when thinking about cervical exams or birth. Can i avoid exams and deliver by c sec?

Tokophobia, molested as a child, panic attacks & extreme anxiety when thinking about cervical exams or  birth. Can i avoid exams and deliver by c sec?

Talk to your doctor: Even if your OB agreed to an elective c-section, cervical exams are part of the exam in the last few weeks of pregnancy. Talk to your OB about your concerns so that you can come up with a plan that you are both comfortable with. I would advise that you talk about your feelings with a therapist. Molestation is wrong, but it wasn't your fault and you can work through the anxiety to find peace. ...Read more

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I have phases of euphoria and sadness, feelings of low self esteem, tiredness, Panic attacks in arguments and phases of self harm since I was a child.

I have phases of euphoria and sadness, feelings of low self esteem, tiredness, Panic attacks in arguments and phases of self harm since I was a child.

You need to seek a: Mental health counselor to seek why you are going through this extreme mood in such a degree. Sounds like Bipolar but to be sure get an assessment so that proper diagnosis and treatment can be rendered. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Panic Attack (Definition)

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder in which someone has repeated attacks of intense fear that something bad will occur when not expected. The person lives in fear that ...Read more


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Child Abuse (Definition)

Child abuse is the physical, sexual, emotional mistreatment, or neglect of children. It is a ...Read more