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How to deal with a panic attack without taking medicine?

How to deal with a panic attack without taking medicine?

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 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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How can you deal with a panic attack without taking medication?

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

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What is the best way to deal with a panic attack without medication?

What is the best way to deal with a panic attack without medication?

CBT: Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias. One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people have anxiety attacks take propafenone to help deal with it?

Do a lot of people have anxiety attacks take propafenone to help deal with it?

Not that I know of.: It is an anti-arrhythmic medication. Anxiety is a potential side effect of Propafenone. Maybe some other Healthtap doctors are familiar with using it off label for this purpose. ...Read more

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What is a good way to deal with depression / anxiety without medication?

What is a good way to deal with depression / anxiety without medication?

Depression treatment: Alternative treatments for depression include exercise, eating a healthy diet, therapy, support groups, herbal supplements ( i.e. 5 htp, same and st john's wort), journaling and light therapy. Vitamins can also be helpful such as a b complex, vitamin d and omega 3. ...Read more

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How do you deal with a panic attack?

Meditation: Find a quiet place where you can be undisturbed for 5-20 minutes. Close your eyes and take slow deep breaths, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. "hyper-focus" on listening to the sounds of your breaths, visualizing the air molecules entering and leaving your lungs. Practice this daily (or more frequently if necessary) for improving mental clarity and decreasing stress. ...Read more

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How can I prevent a panic attack without prescription?

Panic help: Get the anxiety and phobia workbook by bourne and work through the exercises he provides. That may or may not be sufficient. Seeing a qualified anxiety disorders therapist (phd or msw) may also allow you to overcome panic without medication. ...Read more

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How best to cure my depression without seeing a counselor or taking medication?

How best to cure my depression without seeing a counselor or taking medication?

Exercise: Exercise 30min /day, clean up your diet-whole food mostly plant-organic diet. Take some fish oil , make sure you are getting a high quality nutritional support or multivitamin. Spend time with positive friends. Get a massage, use essential oils-lavender maybe. Develop your spirituality, meditate, develop a mindfulness practice.Sing. Make a gratefulness list every day. ...Read more

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How to find a therapist for handling ptsd and panic attacks? Referal from pcp not an option. Already of lexapro (escitalopram).

How to find a therapist for handling ptsd and panic attacks? Referal from pcp not an option.  Already of lexapro (escitalopram).

Found this site: This website seems to list therapists (psychologists, social workers and master degree). It also describes specialty and you can sort by disease and gender. Seems super helpful: http://therapists.Psychologytoday.Com/rms/prof_results.Php?Sid=1383188858.0852_7898;city=santa+clara;county=santa+clara;state=ca;spec=3;lmore=1#sc1. ...Read more

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What is a good way to deal with panic attacks during exams?

What is a good way to deal with panic attacks during exams?

Learn 2 Manage Panic: Panic is fueled by oxygen. When panicking u r getting too much! so try 2slow ur breathing! better yet, 2keep more carbon dioxide in ur system: cup ur hands & breathe in/out thru them. Learn about panic works. Some self-help strategies: http://bit.Ly/xjnhyf knowledge & cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) can help u learn 2manage/even overcome panic. See pcp 2rule out any underlying physical causes. ...Read more

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What kind of anti-anxiety medicine should I be prescribed to for stress hives and panic attacks?

What kind of anti-anxiety medicine should I be prescribed to for stress hives and panic attacks?

Panic Attacks: Only your doctor, after listening to you describe your symptoms and daily life stressors, can decide what the appropriate medicine might be for your stress and panic. ...Read more

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Is it possible for ativan (lorazepam) to give you anxiety I took .25 and I went into a panic attack. Is that not enough to work with bad anxiety Can't talk to pcp?

Is it possible for ativan (lorazepam) to give you anxiety I took .25 and I went into a panic attack. Is that not enough to work with bad anxiety Can't talk to pcp?

Unlikely: Ativan (lorazepam) can cause tachycardia (rapid heart rate), but if you only took 0.25 mg by mouth, it is unlikely due to the drug. Are you taking any other medication or drugs? Usual adult dose is higher for "bad anxiety" but you should consult with your prescribing MD before changing your dose. Recc you contact psychologist who treats anxiety disorders. Bad anxiety is best treated with both CBT and meds. ...Read more

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How to cope with general anxiety and 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

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I deal with anxiety attacks and depression and would like to treat it naturally. Any suggestions?

Several ways: First get a good evaluation with an integrative psychiatrist, along with good education like dr. Adelstein wrote about. Any nutritional issues can be corrected, and your lifestyle can be explored for any issues there. If using any stimulants at all, stop them. Find classes & practice with yoga, meditation, or tai chi. Classical homeopathy with a well-trained homeopath can be an option also. ...Read more

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Is there a preferred way to handle a panic attack with no medication handy?

Breath through it.: If you can find a quiet place - do so. 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. If you haven't been assessed for your panic/ anxiety - that would be prudent. Anxiety is no fun but it is treatable. ...Read more

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How to clam down a panic attack? Without meds.

Not easy: Cognitive behavior therapy skills do help with cognitive distortions associated with panic attacks. Simple meditative techniques such as breathing exercises may help in mild panic attacks. ...Read more

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Im 16 with panic and anxiety. How can I tell the difference between a panic attack and a medical emergency?

Im 16 with panic and anxiety. How can I tell the difference between a panic attack and a medical emergency?

Your Age: It is so unlikely to have any medical emergency from your breathing or your heart at your age with an other wise fully normal medical history that almost all things you experience are most likely your body's way of experiencing your stress. This is a good age to begin to learn through therapy and life experience how to manage your feelings better and to not let them spiral into pain or panic. ...Read more

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How can I cure my depression without consulting a counselor or taking medication?

How can I cure my depression without consulting a counselor or taking medication?

Sometimes you can't: Severe depression requires professional help. However, if your depression is mild, try treating yourself well (healthy food, sleep, light-mod exercise), socialize, keep busy with achievable tasks, challenge your negative thoughts & self-criticisms. Maybe also try omega-3 supplements, st john's wort, mindfulness meditation, self-help books, talk to a trusted relative/friend/clergy. Many options. ...Read more

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How can a psychiatrist treat depression without giving any medications?

How can  a psychiatrist treat depression without giving any medications?

Depression treatment: Therapy is a valid treatment for depression. Psychiatrists are trained in psychotherapy as well as medication. Many psychiatrists do less therapy because there is such a need for medication treatment, and insurance makes it harder for them to get reimbursement for therapy versus medication treatment. You are very close to musc which has a great psychiatry department. Contact them! good luck! ...Read more

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What are good ways to help a panic attack the moment it's happening without therapy or drugs?

Breathing, relaxat'n: General idea is to create a state incompatible with panic. Deep, slow breathing is a good strategy, and sometimes breathing in/out of a paper bag can break a cycle of hyperventilation, which can cause panic. Muscle relaxation techniques often help, eg, learning to tense then relax muscles ("progressive relaxation"). Finally, have a peaceful image ready to bring to mind when panic strikes. ...Read more

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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