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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
Anxiety without med: Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive Behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises & meditation. Don't isolate - spend time w friends & stay active. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
CBT or Meds: Although medications (ssris, benzodiazepines such as xanax, (alprazolam) and non-benzos such as bus par) are effective for many people, cognitive-behavioral therapy is also an extremely effective approach. Cbt teaches you the ways in which your thoughts about physiological sensations (and situations), influence your feelings, and behaviors. A key component is exposure to these sensations, thoughts, events. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Panic and treatment: Cognitive behavioral therapy for panic disorder typically involves education about the nature and physiology of the panic response, cognitive therapy techniques designed to modify catastrophic misinterpretations of panic symptoms and their consequences, and graduated exposure to panic-related body sensations and avoided situations. Cbt is start in the right direction opening up treatment options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Try Paradoxical Soln: If u feel panic attack coming on or if u're in situation that might bring one on, try this: let it come! actually let it happen! so if u feel one coming on tell urself "i can handle it -even though it won't feel good!" and before one comes or while it's happening 1) do slow "belly breathing"; & 2) alternate between squeezing & relaxing different muscle groups. U'll learn u have control over them! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Find a psychologist: Who treats anxiety. The most effective treatment for anxiety is relaxation training coupled with cognitive therapy that helps you modify the thoughts, perceptions and beliefs that trigger the anxiety. Learning to calm your body and your mind is the key. You can learn these skills on your own, but having someone "coach" you is quicker and more effective, the same as with learning any skill. ...Read more
Many options: Good question, as medication should be a last resort! practice sound "sleep hygiene." try relaxation techniques & consider 5-htp, magnesium, valerian and other natural remedies. For much more info see http://www.Psychologytoday.Com/blog/owning-pink/201106/how-treat-insomnia-naturally & http://altmedicine.About.Com/cs/conditionsitoq/a/insomnia.Htm & http://www.Drweil.Com/drw/u/art02037/sleep-aid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Relaxation technique: We used to have patients visualize the ten situations that made them most anxious & teach them to relax--when they made it through all 10 we'd have them face the 10 situations & had a support group to cheer them on--this approach wasn't very successful & most ended up opting for meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A Dr who believes!: I believe it can be done in mild to moderate cases, but I know that it's not easy. You need to find a Psychotherapist who has had success with this and you need to really work well together. You'll be learning several types of skills and practice w/ tolerance for errors is needed. Planning around your pattern. Good support. Firm self-discipline. No foolishness. Good luck! ...Read more
Get expert help: There are many worthwhile meds that can facilitate improved social interaction w/ less anxiety. It takes more than meds though- you need a plan, you prob need expert counsel, & most especially u need lots of opportunity to "practice" being social. Do things with a social context- regularly! and, it may require >1med; getting the right med doses & multi-drug regimen is crucial & expert md is needed. ...Read more
There are a few : Techniques that can work fairly quickly. Cognitive behavioral therapy using progressive desensitization (learning to relax ; then imagining the phobic event (public speaking) from least to most anxiety provoking image while relaxed. I usually do this using hypnosis as a relaxation technique, but you can use other relaxation methods. Find a therapist ; you will be able to get relief fairly quickly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anxiety ; Stress: Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be quite effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night ; good nutrition with 5 servings of veggies ; 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, qi gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises ; meditation. Don't isolate - spend time with friends and stay active. ...Read more
Cognitive Therapy: Cognitive behavioral therapy is a very good treatment for anxiety.Situations evoke feeling in us and the feeling depends on our thoughts . Negative thoughts can cause us to feel anxious, angry, depressed ...And the idea is identifying our negative thoughs and change our way of thinking. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many : I agree with dr. Fowler's suggestions, and want to add the option of psychotherapy with a skilled professional. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one -- but not the only -- form of therapy that can help anxiety and panic. Choosing the best methods to help, depends on the clinical situation. Some people do respond well to meds that manage panic attacks, but therapy is important in getting well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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