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What causes panic attacks at night?

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What causes panic attacks at night?

Panic: One theory is that late in the day when you are less physically active while your brain is still producing adrenaline (anxiety chemical), you can be more prone to get anxious, plus it coincides with the time when people normally are thinking about the events of the day instead of distracting themselves with physical activity. ...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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Scared of having seizures at night. Giving me panic attacks. I'm not epileptic.

Scared of having seizures at night. Giving me panic attacks. I'm not epileptic.

Seizures: If you are not epileptic, then you don't have seizures. You may be talking about panic attacks that are sometimes mistaken for seizures. Your panic disorder needs to be addressed appropriately. ...Read more

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Anxiety attacks at night. What can I do?

Anxiety attacks at night. What can I do?

Panic at night: It is not uncommon for individuals with anxiety to be awoken in the middle of the night with panic. Panic, while very distressing can not hurt you. Start off by seeing your pcp and hopefully they can refer you to a psychologist or psychiatrist as my colleague recommends. ...Read more

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Bad chest night sweats panic attacks weakness?

Bad chest night sweats panic attacks weakness?

Please clarify: Hello, would love to help you, but not sure what your question is. Please resubmit and clarify. ...Read more

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Anxeity making me extremely nervous at night. Awaken at 2am every night?

Anxeity making me extremely nervous at night. Awaken at 2am every night?

Psychiatric consult: These 2 symptoms are quite sufficient to indicate the need for a thorough physical exam to eliminate any cause or contributing factor. Most likely, this will then lead to an equally excellent psychiatric evaluation to reveal the underlying cause. Please get the medical attention indicated; you ned not continue this rather uncom., & poss. Serious condition. ...Read more

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Why do only have anexity attacks at night?

Why do only have anexity attacks at night?

Anxiety: It is possible that you have accumulated anxiety throughout the day and then when you reach a boiling point it manifests. Also there may be something about the night that you fear. Consult with a clinical psychologist to uncover the origin of your distress and try using the free anti anxiety app to help you control your tension in the evening. It is featured on the soundmindz.Org website. ...Read more

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Why do i get panic attacks/anixety attacks after a night of drinking?

Why do i get panic attacks/anixety attacks after a night of drinking?

Individual reasons: You'd know better than anyone what drinking means to you. But whatever it is you feel after such a night, it's not usual. And you react to that change w/ thoughts and feelings that match your beliefs. They could be a sort of guilt or worry or disappointment. Those can easily spread into anxiety/panic. Consider therapy to help you understand yourself better and to see if you need to cut down/quit. ...Read more

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I think I'm having anxiety attacks lately especially at night.How can I prevent this?

I think I'm having anxiety attacks lately especially at night.How can I prevent this?

Fear of having: a panic attack often becomes the issue. A well trained therapist may prescribe daily panic attacks. Please see one and you will get the support you need. Peace and good health. Check out "The Relaxation Response" book by Herbert Benson. ...Read more

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I have trouble sleeping. At night i get very anxious, heart beats fast, increased breathing irrational thoughts of falling. Happens often. Why?

I have trouble sleeping. At night i get very anxious, heart beats fast, increased breathing irrational thoughts of falling. Happens often. Why?

Very common: Commonest cause is lousy diet with a lot of empty carbs calories. It results in vitamin b deficiency and that affects the sleep mechanism and will cause dysautonomia. This is explained in a post on my blog "oxygen the spark of life". Scroll back to an older post. ...Read more

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During day and at night, i've gotten hot flashes when I have panic attacks. Racing heart, no fever, only normal sweating. Is this normal for anxiety?

During day and at night, i've gotten hot flashes when I have panic attacks. Racing heart, no fever, only normal sweating. Is this normal for anxiety?

Anxiety: It can be normal for anxiety but check with your doctor to rule out any medical issues. Try using the free anti anxiety app featured on the soundmindz.Org web site, many articles, videos and exercises to help you manage your anxiety on a daily basis. My best. ...Read more

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I keep having panic attacks and i will have a hard time breathing while i'm having a panic attack. The panic attacks seem to keep going all day.

I keep having panic attacks and i will have a hard time breathing while i'm having a panic attack. The panic attacks seem to keep going all day.

Have doc: Check you heart to rule out any tachyarrythmias that could be "causing" the feeling of anxiety. Get mthfr 677 ; 1298 genotype tested and (if +), treated with l-methylfolate, p5p, ; methylcobalamin. Will help bring dopamine, serotonin, nor-epi, ; melatonin to baseline. After a month of that, consider viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) (titrate up to 20mg and hold)--best out there for anxiety! talk therapy can help also. ...Read more

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Back pain(surgical) migraines, and severe anxiety and panic, trouble sleeping (waking up 10-15 times a night) ?

Back pain(surgical) migraines, and severe anxiety and panic, trouble sleeping (waking up 10-15 times a night)
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Pain: Depending on the cause of the pain and how long you have had it, a multi-disiplinary approach is necessary to help reduce it. Finding the underlying cause and treating directly is the first step. Pain can also cause anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia and depression. Step 2 should involve seeing a mental health specialist to help guide you through the pain. Dealing with pain naturally is best. ...Read more

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Why might someone have anxiety attacks every night?

Why might someone have anxiety attacks every night?

Psychotherapy: Ask yourself what environmental and interpersonal stressors you face during your waking hours, and whether or not you find yourself obsessing about them at night, which could be resulting in sleep loss. Consider going to a reputable psychotherapist for stress management therapy, and exploration of non-biochemical sources of anxiety. ...Read more

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Heart palpitations every day, but worse at night. Shortness of breath, dizziness, coughing, loss of balance and panic attacks, but normal heart rate?

Heart palpitations every day, but worse at night. Shortness of breath, dizziness, coughing, loss of balance and panic attacks, but normal heart rate?

See a doctor: You have to be evaluated by your personal physician. You need physical examination and some tests to rule out possible heart and lung disease. ...Read more

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I was completely fine until suddenly i started to suffer from frequent panic attacks, nightmares and waking up several times at night. Brain tumor?

I was completely fine until suddenly i started to suffer from frequent panic attacks, nightmares and waking up several times at night. Brain tumor?

Not likely: I agree with dr. Wilson that brain tumor is an unlikely explanation for these symptoms, even though they alarm you. Of course it's always important to tell your doctor about any new symptoms, so that s/he can help you get to the bottom of them. Anxiety attacks are a much more likely cause, and psychiatrists & psychologists can help you find relief after a thorough assessment. Be well. ...Read more

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Can panic attacks or near panic attacks (high anxiety) leave you feeling very tired, drained and/or depressed after they pass?

Yes: Anxiety can take a lot out of you and anxiety and depression can commonly go together. If you are not on medication I would suggest you consider it. I would be happy to discuss options with you through my virtual practice or you could consult a psychiatrist in person in your area. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Do panic attacks have physical symptoms when not having a panic attack?

Do panic attacks have physical symptoms when not having a panic attack?

Truth in the Pain: Individuals who suffer with panic disorder frequently experience physical symptoms that are associated with anxiety. This can include shortness of breath, headaches, gastrointestinal distress, and chest pain. These symptoms are treatable and require both physical examination and psychotherapy. If you are struggling with these symptoms you are not alone. Get help and educate yourself. ...Read more

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I am now having repeated panic and anxiety attacks/ help?

Don't know if you: Have been medically evaluated for underlying medical causes -it not, would do so. Additionally, a mental health evaluation can help to firm up diagnoses. The provider can then make treatment recommendations. There a # of ways to address anxiety / panic: cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychotropic medications, qi gong, tai chi, >. ...Read more

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Asthma attacks in the night help!?

Asthma attacks in the night help!?

Very common: Night attacks of asthma are common. If they occur with some frequency (more than once weekly, your physician may prescribe a "controller" inhaler of cortisone. Additionally, dust mites are a common cause of attacks. Make sure your mattress in in a plastic barrier type cover. And your bedroom is as free from dust collectors (rugs, stuffed animals, etc) as possible. An air cleaner may also be helpful. ...Read more

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Having panic attacks at night while trying to sleep. I do have CPRS and is living with chronic pain. Is It normal to have panic attacks with CPRS?

 Having  panic attacks at night while trying to sleep. I do have CPRS and is living with chronic pain.  Is It normal to have panic attacks with CPRS?

Probably, yes: There are recorded cases of CPRS causing depression and anxiety - so panic is not unlikely. It's a very challenging condition with some hope for remission, but with many who see it spread. It is not easy. Loss of sleep on top of the pain and fear, the anger and sadness can be overwhelming. Do try to find quality emotional support. You'll do better with it than without. Do whatever you can. Best! ...Read more

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Panic Attack (Definition)

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Nocturnal (Definition)

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