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How To Get Over Panic Attacks
I have suffered from panic attacks on & off over the last few years. When I get one, my hr can get up to 150. Is this normal?
Yes: Hopefully this resolves in 30 minutes or so. It may even slow some in 10. Some folk experience even higher heart rates during an attack, and do not incur permanent damage, so don't worry about that. However, CBT therapy can offer a chance to learn skills to avoid, reduce and manage stress, anxiety and panic. It can be a good investment in your quality of life. Best! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
CBT: Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most effective treatments for panic disorder with or without agoraphobia. Cbt teaches you the connection between your thoughts, feelings, physiological arousal, and avoidance behaviors. You ultimately learn how to overcome panic through "exposure" to situations & sensations that you fear in a "graduated" yet time-limited fashion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Evaluation-Treatment: It's important to understand the cause of these symptoms-medical or psychological. Hyperthyroidism and a host of other conditions can cause them. If psychological, it's helpful to start with stress reduction, relaxation and medication. Medication can also be helpful. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
CBT or Meds: Cognitive behavioral therapy is a very effective, time-limited structured treatment approach for anxiety disorders, including panic disorder. Cbt teaches the client the connection between thoughts, feelings, behaviors, & physiological response. Clients ultimately engage in "graduated exposure" to both physical sensations & situations related to the individual's panic. Thoughts also target of chang. ...Read more
What can I do I have been worried and stressed out and having panic attacks for 3 years is there anything that can help get over this for good?
Meds & talk therapy: It doesn't matter what your symptom mix is - sleep, interests, guilt, energy, concentration, appetite, pain, libido, anxiety, depression, panic, short fuse, anger - you can see benefit from ssris and talk therapy. Talk to your fp about zoloft (sertraline) or lexapro; and possibly a referral to a good therapist who can help you with working on some techniques to help guide your energies and reactions. ...Read more
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