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What are some alternatives to help with anxiety attacks besides medications?

What are some alternatives to help with anxiety attacks besides medications?

3: Progressive muscle relaxation deep abdominal breathing exercises positive mental imagery. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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Are there any medications out there for anxiety that can only be taken to calm self when having anxiety attacks but don't have to be taken regularly?

Are there any medications out there for anxiety that can only be taken to calm self when having anxiety attacks but don't have to be taken regularly?

Yes but...: Yes but they are addictive. If your anxiety is bad enough to need medication then I'd recommend daily use of SSRI. If you use the as needed meds more then a few times per month then you will likely develop tolerance. ...Read more

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How to cope with anxiety/panic attacks with out medication ?

How to cope with anxiety/panic attacks with out medication ?

Panic attacks: create a fear that one may happen at any time, thus the person shrinks more and more from social interaction. The fight flight freeze response gets triggered too easily. Herbert Benson's book "The Relaxation Response" provides a helpful technique to cope w/this. A clinical psychologist can help re-train your hair trigger response. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is the best way and best medication to treat severe anxiety attacks ?

What is the best way and best medication to treat severe anxiety attacks ?

Different for people: No matter how much anxiety you have, it is always going to be different for you than it is for another person. This is why you need to work closely with a therapist who can help manage your meds, both in type and dosage. Find a mental health pratitioner who works with other patients who have similar conditions. Start by getting a referral from your physician or np; online searches may help, too. ...Read more

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What are some good ways to prevent anxiety attacks? Having trouble controlling them even on medication.

What are some good ways to prevent anxiety attacks? Having trouble controlling them even on medication.

Try psychotherapy: Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a very common disorder, and can run a prolonged course resulting sig problems in QOL, role functioning etc. Medications like SSRI [Lexapro, Zoloft (sertraline) etc], Busper works. Avvoid any benzo diazepines [Ativan, valium etc] as those are habit forming /develop dependence. For some psychotherapy like CBT/MET work well with/without meds. Meditation/yoga may add benefit t ...Read more

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My anxiety is getting so bad, to the point I'm having panic attacks nearly every day. Is there medication for anxiety?

Yes, quite a few.: Your Dr can assess for mood disorder, anxiety disorder & underlying medical conditions that may be causing symptoms. Talking therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is important for lasting change. Psychiatric meds may be indicated. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Get at least 8 hrs of sleep/ night & ...Read more

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If someone has schizoaffective disorder and they once in awhile have anxiety attacks should they be on medication for that?

If someone has schizoaffective disorder and they once in awhile have anxiety attacks should they be on medication for that?

Get Consultation: The best treatment for this situation would probably be 1) consulting with a psychiatrist to see if medications are needed, and 2) psychotherapy. Since the symptoms of the schizoaffective disorder are most likely contributing to the anxiety difficulties, medicating to treat only the anxiety runs the risk of neglecting the underlying socioemotional problems. ...Read more

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I have found that taking occasional anxiety medication caused panic attacks i never had before. I only took it several times a week.

Without knowing: Which medication it was - can't really provide further input. Consider clarifying and re-asking question. ...Read more

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I need to go on an anxiety medication, which one do you recommend most as I have frequent panic attacks that are becoming debilitating.?

I need to go on an anxiety medication, which one do you recommend most as I have frequent panic attacks that are becoming debilitating.?

Case-by-case: I can't recommend a specific medication because i haven't seen you as a patient. So i'd suggest you see your own physician who can review your history and symptoms, examine you, and check any needed labs. Many people with panic attacks and ongoing anxiety respond well to a combination of ssri antidepressants and psychotherapy. A psychiatrist and psychotherapist can help also. ...Read more

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Having real difficulty dealing with my constant anxiety attacks just started taking new medication after other medications werent successful. ?

Not just meds: The best treatment for anxiety does not rely only on medications, but also includes psychotherapy. It sounds like your doctor has been trying multiple things to help you, and you've not yet arrived at a plan that works. If your doctor is not a psychiatrist, you might consider consulting with one for further options. Also, consider working with a psychologist in therapy for anxiety. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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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