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How To Handle Anxiety 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
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
I have extreme anxiety attacks to where i feel as if i'm going to die, what could I do at home without medication to prevent the anxiety/panic attacks?
Consult a profession: Without professional guidance, and if you have never received treatment heretofore, self-help reading is about the most that you can do on your own, at home. But that will probably not be sufficient: you are advised to seek an assessment from a psychiatrist or psychologist trained to provide specific cognitive-behavioral techniques. You should discuss your reluctance to receive medication with him. ...Read more
How can a minimize depression and anxiety during the winter without medication? Very sensitive to the cold and lack of sunlight. Panic attacks often.
Winter depression: A couple of options are taking extra vitamin d, and light therapy. If your vitamin d level is less than 50, it can predispose to depression. Talk with your doctor about taking 5000iu/day during winter. Or, get a lightbox that produces 10000 lux for most efficiency. Talk with doctor about gradually working up to 30 min sessions 3x/week, when you first wake up. Sit 3 feet away. Increase exercise. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I keep my manic episodes (bipolar i) or anxiety attacks under control without medication if they come back? I hate meds and the side effects.
Challenging : Unfortunately risk of recurrence for bipolar disorder is high without continued treatment. Other considerations include healthy diet, good sleep habits, exercise, avoidance of alcohol and substance use and certain neutraceuticals such as omega 3 fatty acids. Be mindful that course of illness for bipolar disorder tends to worsen with recurrent episodes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My anxiety is getting so bad to the point I'm constantly worrying and having panic attacks nearly everyday. Is there any medication that can help?
Maybe, but: Entering adulthood with a daily psych medication seems to me a sad life sentence possibility. Before you move toward a pharma-solution please consider and try a good course of CBT psychotherapy. You can learn skills to avoid, reduce and manage anxiety and your life in general. It's a great value for a lifetime of quality living. If medication is absolutely needed, they can advise short-term use. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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?
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