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How Do I Stop Having Panic Attacks
Age old question . .: Good morning. Unfortunately, the answer to your question is not that simple,because there are many causes/triggers for panic attacks (genetics, environment . . . work, family, financial situations . . ) Therapy/biofeedback may help you deal better with situational causes--over time.Medications may be necessary given the severity.There are self-help books, exercise. No one treatment helps everyone ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Several ways : Panic attacks can be just that-panic attacks. Or it could be issues with heart irregularities, mitral valve insufficiency for instance. When do they occur & under what circumstances, or are they random?Does exercise trigger them? Are they associated with any medication you may be taking, adhd meds for instance? Answering these questions with your physician will then determine correct treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
CBT + Medicatiion: Panic disorder is a form of anxiety disorder . The most effective treatment is psychotherapy , ps, particularly cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Medications that treat anxiety such as the SSRI ( For example Prozac , lexapro , Zoloft) can be effective as well . Reports in the literature suggest that the combination of meds + therapy has the greatest benefit both short and long term . Good luck ...Read more
Depends on severity: When anxious, the first thing you can do is to take long, slow, deep breaths that expand your belly when you inhale. Breathe in to the count of 4; hold breath for the count of 7; exhale out your mouth to the count of 8. Repeat 4 times. Practice daily. Also you can work with mindfulness and/or yoga. And, you can see your physician or psychiatrist for an evaluation, as well as a psychologist. ...Read more
Book for panic: An oldie but goodie book called "hope and help for your nerves" has helped many who have dealt with panic attacks. If that is what you experienced, the book may help. If they continue, a clinical psychologist can help you deal with the very treatable situation. The fear that it may happen again is the real issue. Remember that panic attacks by their nature are self-limiting. Lots of hope. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Difficult to do: In my experience , once a panic attack starts , it's hard to stop it. Once you start hyperventilating, your carbon dioxide levels in your blood go lower and this seems to prolonged the attack. The best thing to do is breath into a paper bag, never plastic, and it will help you stop the attack. To prevent it, ssri medicines a would be the treatment of choice. These would be medicines like prozac (fluoxetine). ...Read more
Get to root of it: Nightmares are not uncommon in adults and usually have a cause. Psychological; unresolved issues, trauma, untreated anxiety, ptsd, mood disorder etc. Medical; restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea etc. Medications; benzodiazepines, antidepressants, melatonin and anti hypertensives etc. Do consult with your psychiatrist/ physician to rule out the above mentioned things. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tx plan: Have you been assessed for possible post traumatic stress disorder? The underlying problem needs to be addressed. Please seek out a comprehensive evaluation by either a psychiatrist or a clinical psychologist. Once this is better understood, a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Panicattackself help: Believe in yourself and your Achievements of 35 years of your life. Believe in Healing Powers of your Body and Mind. Believe that intense fear will pass or it will be less. intense. Be committed to see a Psychiatrist for: • Therapy • Medication • Breathing Relaxation • Take Medication as prescribed • Do not use Alcohol while on Medication ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Panic disorder?: Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder. The most common symptoms are panic attacks (which are marked by severe anxiety with accompanying nausea, dizziness, numbness, heart palpitations, chest pain, difficulty breathing, trembling, fear of impending serious medical problem or " going crazy") as well as fear of having another panic attack. Talk with ur doc to determine if u have panic disorder. ...Read more
Have you considered: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - it can be very beneficial. In the meantime- Breath in slowly & deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to. ...Read more
Many symptoms: You would have feelings of apprehension, fear, and dread. You would have sudden episodes of extreme fear and panic, escalating in minutes and dissipating within about 30 min. You might also have rapid heart rate, chest pressure, shortness of breath, dizziness, numbness & tingling of extremities & face, nausea, etc. See your doctor about these -- need to also rule out other causes for symptoms, . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get psychiatric eval: To make accurate assessment, check for underlying medical conditions ; to see if psychotropic medications are indicated. To address anxiety/ panic: talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi gong, tai chi, . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Try The Opposite!: If u feel panic attack coming on or if u're in situation that might bring one on, try this: let it come! actually let it happen! so if u feel one coming on tell urself "i can handle it -even though it won't feel good!" and before one comes or while it's happening 1) do slow "belly breathing"; ; 2) alternate between squeezing ; relaxing different muscle groups. U'll learn u have control over them! ...Read more
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