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How To Handle Panic Attacks
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 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
Meditation: Practicing meditation is best done before a panic attack, as an overall centering method. You can also practice breathing exercises during a panic attack though. The 4-7-8 breath is a very helpful one. For information and instructions, please see dr. Tieraona low dog's short video: http://tinyurl.Com/mptsy83 you can practice this several times a day so it's second nature if you have panic. ...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
Knowledge = Power!: Learn about anxiety + ; anxiety/panic "attacks" so u can learn 2 manage them! "panic attacks tend 2 start quickly ; reach a peak within 10 mins. The peak generally lasts 4 about 5 to 10 minutes before the symptoms start 2 settle. However, it can take quite some time for all the symptoms to subside." source=pg on panic disorder by anxiety disorders assn' of british columbia (http://bit.Ly/pylkom). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Flashbacks/Panic: Flashbacks can be your system's way of bringing things up to be dealt with -- the problem can be if it happens so much it disrupts your regular life. On your own you can practice meditation, yoga, and breathing exercises, etc -- but you also need an evaluation of your anxiety & panic experiences. Good psychotherapeutic treatments can help you through trauma issues; meds too, if needed. ...Read more
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
Treating anxiety: Deep breathing, exercise, a good diet (decrease caffeine, refined sugar, alcohol). Meditation is very helpful, getting enough sleep, and making sure any medications you are taking do not cause anxiety. Talk therapy can be very helpful to identify the causes and triggers of anxiety. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get help!: Your dr can assess for formal 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. Bottom line- if whatever you have been doing on your own isn't doing the trick then see your doctor, a psychiatrist or a psychologist. Take care. ...Read more
Cognitive Behavioral: Therapy may be a good fit for both these problems. Recommend psychiatric eval to determine if there are underlying medical issues, diagnoses are accurate ; for possible psychiatric medications. There are a # of ways to address anxiety: behavior modification, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychotropic medications, qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, . ...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
Phobias: Cognitive behavior therapy with a trained counselor/therapist can help. Also behavior modification using exposure-response prevention-desensitization technique is helpful. Meditation & imagery work is also of help. Discuss all such options with the therapist. Medications are last resort. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Exposure: Panic Disorder is the classic anxiety illness and is often responsive to exposure therapies. The best treatment for panic (and many other anxiety disorders) is exposure to the trigger. There are online articles about graded exposure or you can see a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. Recognizing that the symptoms feel awful and possibly even life threatening but are not dangerous is key. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Are you anxious about every day stuff or particular events?Generally, it's good to know what makes you anxious. Practice relaxation, mediation, guided imagery (you can google it); keep a diary of the events when you happen to be anxious -- what happened (the event), thoughts you had; things you've done to decrease anxiety; how you body responded (where did it feel in your body). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In a panic moment . : It is best to sit down, relax, do relaxing breathing. Think calm thoughts and say to yourself this too will pass. When the panic is over, try to find the trigger, work with your counselor to reduce the power of the trigger or avoid the trigger. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A Way 2 Think About: Most people don't differentiate the experience of (a) panic, which involves intense symptoms that take hold suddenly (e.g., racing heart, sweating, fear of dying, etc.) and which is relatively short-lived, from (b) a state of anxiety, which involves worry along with prolonged symptoms that tend to be less intense, but may persist (sleep disturbance, trouble concentrating, restlessness, etc.). ...Read more
It depends: The "how" depends on the severity of the anxiety attacks. Many can calm down with deep breathing, inner visualization of a safe, beautiful place. You can practice these skills before the attack. Keeping fit and well rested are helpful too. Consistent meditation. Psychotherapy directed to your specific anxieties. Psychiatric medicines like effexor, (venlafaxine) lexapro, celexa, and zoloft. Some others too. ...Read more
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