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How do you distinguish the difference between anxiety and panic disorder?

How do you distinguish the difference between anxiety and panic disorder?

Anxiety or panic?: Anxiety might be characterized as a more constant background "noise" where panic crescendos or spikes with the anticipation of doom. Panic more rapidly escalates with many physical symptoms. There typically is an associated fear that one might die, lose control, "go crazy, " suffocate, or have a heart attack. Those with generalized anxiety might have a few physical symptoms and are worrywarts. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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What are the differences in the symptoms of panic disorder vs. Anxiety disorder?

What are the differences in the symptoms of panic disorder vs. Anxiety disorder?

Triggers: Anxiety has a range of symptoms from neverousness to immobilizaiton. Panic is always set of full blast and has some underlying determinant. ...Read more

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What medicines are there for anxiety and panic disorder?

What medicines are there for anxiety and panic disorder?

Many: There is a wide range of medications commonly used for anxiety disorder and/or panic attacks. The list is long and it includes zoloft, paxil, wellbutrin, prozac, buspar, (buspirone) xanax, valium, klonopin, ativan, etc. Anxiety medications are carefully chosen and effects of meds are closely monitored by physicians, especially ones with high addictive nature. ...Read more

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Can a neuropsychologist treat anxiety and panic disorder?

Can a neuropsychologist treat anxiety and panic disorder?

Certainly: Although neuropsychology is an area of subspecialty expertise in testing, I am sure that such an individual could readily treat emotional challenges. ...Read more

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What really works to alleviate anxiety and panic disorder?

What really works to alleviate anxiety and panic disorder?

See below...: Psychotherapy with or without meds. Also look into emotional freedom technique/tapping (www. Eftuniverse.Com). Get into psychotherapy; engage wholeheartedly & openly in the process & stick to it. You'll be so glad u did! wishing u well... ...Read more

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What're the best medications for anxiety and panic disorder?

Medications that: Raise serotonin in the brain can significantly decrease baseline anxiety, which can prevent panic from happening. Sometimes adding a long acting benzodiazepine like Clonazepam can further decrease baseline anxiety. ...Read more

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Can serendyn really work to aliviate anxiety and panic disorder?

Can serendyn really work to aliviate anxiety and panic disorder?

Experimental: Having positive studies on various ingredients in a supplement, is not the same as saying that a supplement combining these ingredients is effective. The site lists positive studies of l theanine, mg, passion flower, and valerian with anxiety. But there aren't any studies of serendyn itself. Still, it could be worth an experiment: your risk. Natural products have to list public disclaimers. ...Read more

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Can undiagnosed add be the cause of sudden anxiety and panic disorder?

Can undiagnosed add be the cause of sudden anxiety and panic disorder?

I not aware of : Add being the cause of anxiety or panic disorders. However, add could certainly co-exist with panic disorder or anxiety disorders. ...Read more

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If you already have anxiety and panic disorder and you gain other symptoms. Might they be worse?

If you already have anxiety and panic disorder and you gain other symptoms. Might they be worse?

Anxiety & panic dis: Can generalize if not treated. The number of things that trigger an attack can grow. With good treatment, symptoms and triggers will decrease. It's important to get help from a mental health professional who has expertise treating anxiety. ...Read more

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35 old male. Anxiety and panic disorder. Sometimes during or after bad bouts of anxiety i experience euphoria for hours. Im not sure if i like it.

Interesting question: This is unusual. Are you taking anything for the anxiety (like a tranquilizer or alcohol) that may cause euphoria as a side-effect? Are you simply euphoric that the anxiety stopped? Less likely possibilities include complex partial seizures, or ultra-rapid cycling bipolar disorder. But i'd consider more likely possibilities first, and definitely advise an in-person evaluation. ...Read more

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Is anxiety and panic disorder a symptom of cancer?

Anxiety and Cancer: Panic disorder is a diagnosis all on its own. Its not linked to cancer but a lot of cancer patients will experience a high level of anxiety at the time of their diagnosis and interestingly at the completion of their treatment. ...Read more

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To how much extent anxiety and panic disorder is curable can I become symptom free totally if treated at early stage I.e 17yrs old and have mild probl?

To how much extent anxiety and panic disorder is curable can I become symptom free totally if treated at early stage I.e 17yrs old and have mild probl?

You can learn: How to cope with anxiety. The younger you are, the better. Psychologists can teach you ways to reduce anxiety and change unhealthy patterns you may have developed. The sooner you learn new techniques to control anxiety and stress, the sooner you will lead a more relaxed life and avoid anxiety. ...Read more

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Has any woman had extreme anxiety and panic disorder a few months after having a baby?

Has any woman had extreme anxiety and panic disorder a few months after having a baby?

Yes.: If this is happening to you, make an appointment with a psychiatrist. You do not have to live with this. We are here to help. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i was diagnosed with social anxiety, generalized anxiety and panic disorder?

What do you advise if i was diagnosed with social anxiety, generalized anxiety and panic disorder?

Expert Docs ; Info!: #1) really helps 2have mental health clinician like a clinical psychologist who has specific training/expertise in treatment of anxiety disorders. #2) it's vital 2understand what anxiety is, how it ticks so u can take back ur life from anxiety when it interferes w/ur ability 2function. Consider researching. http://www.anxietybc.org #3) but start w/ur pcp 4 workup 2rule out medical conditions.! ...Read more

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I have anxiety and panic disorder. Self harm as well., what to do?

Are you in treatment: Currently? If not, one good option would be dialectical behavioral therapy which is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy. See if any there are therapists in your area that provide dbt. ...Read more

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Can hyperthyroidism cause anxiety and panic disorder? If so what is the appropriate treatment?

Can hyperthyroidism cause anxiety and panic disorder? If so what is the appropriate treatment?

Agree w Dr. Grin: The hyperthyroidism needs to be addressed promptly - often by an endocrinologist. A specific treatment plan would be developed for you. In the meantime, medications such as benzodiazapines, Buspar (buspirone) or antidepressants can help with sxs. ...Read more

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Me Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & Nexium for my anxiety and panic disorder, i, what are the side effects?

Me Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & Nexium for my anxiety and panic disorder, i, what are the side effects?

It sounds like the: Anxiety has negatively effected your GI tract, which explains the use of nexium. Nexium can cause headache, nausea and diarrhea commonly and low magnesium levels and may effect how other medicines work. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an antihistamine which can cause headache, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness and other side effects. ...Read more

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What are some natural treatments for anxiety and panic disorder? What may be a good place to seek out assistance in chicago? Thank you in advance.

What are some natural treatments for anxiety and panic disorder?  What may be a good place to seek out assistance in chicago?  Thank you in advance.

See below...: Psychotherapy naturally assists in identifying & resolving underlying issues. Word of mouth referral or thru ur family dr. Or check out profiles for good fit in ur area @ www.Psychologytoday.Com +introduce urself to the very powerful self help tool of emotional freedom technique (eft); www.Eftuniverse.Com +mindfulness meditation & relaxation are very powerful tools too! wishing you well! ...Read more

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Been on Effexor (venlafaxine) xr 150mg for anxiety and panic disorder has helped but still have anxiety dr upped to 225 mg will that help and are any side effects ?

Appropriate move: Your doctor made a reasonable decision to increase your dose of Effexor (venlafaxine) XR to 225 mg to address your anxiety. If you have been tolerating the medication without problems so far, most likely you will not have any issues. Hopefully with this adjustment, you will achieve the desired benefit. Of note - there can be a dose dependent increase in blood pressure with doses over 300 mg. All the best. ...Read more

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Can anxiety and panic disorder and ocd cause extreme physical and mental fatigue ?

Can anxiety and panic disorder and ocd cause extreme physical and mental fatigue ?

Fatigue, OCD, Panic: I feel empathy for your extreme physical and mental fatigue At age 19, problems and conflicts with parents, relationships with turmoil and separations, work and finances can cause Anxiety, panic, physical fatigue. OCD can cause mental fatigue. Relax by Breathing Relaxation, Visual Imagery, Yoga, and Meditation See a Psychiatrist for diagnosis, to cope with stressors in life, obsessions, Medication ...Read more

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I suffer from anxiety and panic disorder. Chose twilight instead of propofol for a colonoscopy sedation. Was that the right choice?

I suffer from anxiety and panic disorder. Chose twilight instead of propofol for a colonoscopy sedation. Was that the right choice?

I think so, : You will receive versed, a strong anxiolytic that can be given prior and will last after. It will also block any memory of the event. Propofol would put you to sleep but unless you are given something else you would have anxiety otherwise. Propofol also requires special skills to administer also. A nurse can administer the versed. ...Read more

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Is antivert (meclizine) okay to take when you are diagnosed with severe anxiety and panic disorder?

Is antivert (meclizine) okay to take when you are diagnosed with severe anxiety and panic disorder?

Antivert (meclizine): Antivert (meclizine) & other Antihistamines are ok if used as needed & as directed by your doctor. ...Read more

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I have anxiety and panic disorder,everyday my heart hurts, I feel sick, pluse rate 95 or 100. was told heart is fine.I feel like it is my heart?

I  have anxiety and panic disorder,everyday my heart hurts, I feel sick, pluse rate 95 or 100. was told heart is fine.I feel like it is my heart?

Seek therapy: Anxiety/Panic will not just go away w/out treatment. You need to find one you trust and follow through with it. It was good to check out your heart - but if a doctor tested/examined it and says it's fine - you have to be reassured. Perhaps a 2nd opinion will help - but if that agrees, stop thinking it's your heart. CBT therapy is my recommendation - maybe meds as needed. ...Read more

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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Panic Disorder (Definition)

Panic disorder includes recurrent and unexpected panic attacks accompanied by fear of having additional panic attacks. Common symptoms of a panic attack can include increased heart rate, sweating, difficulty breathing, rapid thoughts ...Read more