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Doctor insights on: How To Handle Panic Attacks Without Medication

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Hi docs, would panic attacks eventually go away as you get used to handling them?

Hi docs, would panic attacks eventually go away as you get used to handling them?

Sometimes: I'd try to think of getting skilled at handling them instead of getting used to them. Whatever leftovers there may be after you learn ways to manage yourself might be candidates for getting used to. Cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) is a great place to start. If you are so physically thrown off, a brief time w/ meds may get you going toward learning new skills. Good luck! ...Read more

Panic (Definition)

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


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How to find a therapist for handling ptsd and panic attacks? Referal from pcp not an option. Already of lexapro (escitalopram).

How to find a therapist for handling ptsd and panic attacks? Referal from pcp not an option.  Already of lexapro (escitalopram).

Found this site: This website seems to list therapists (psychologists, social workers and master degree). It also describes specialty and you can sort by disease and gender. Seems super helpful: http://therapists.Psychologytoday.Com/rms/prof_results.Php?Sid=1383188858.0852_7898;city=santa+clara;county=santa+clara;state=ca;spec=3;lmore=1#sc1. ...Read more

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Can I treat panic attacks without medication ?

Can I treat panic attacks without medication ?

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 more

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How to cope with general anxiety and panic attacks without medication?

How to cope with general anxiety and panic 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

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Do i need medication if suffering from panic attacks?

Not always: depending on the severity of the symptoms- therapy may be all you need. It is best to discuss your specific situation with a doctor. ...Read more

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What kinds of medications are safe for a child who has panic attacks?

SSRIs: Ssris like sertraline, fluoxetine, and citalopram are preferred, but only in more severe cases such as when the attacks prevent normal activities like school attendance. Other anxiety drugs like benzodiazepines are not recommended because of their potential side effects and other issues such as withdrawal and abuse potential. Behavior therapy is the treatment choice and is generally successful. ...Read more

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Which other ways are there to help panic attacks besides prescribed medication?

Panic: Breathing exercises work, also self-talk & reassurance until the attack subsides. Gaining control is the goal. Schedule appointment with a therapist to work on cognitive behavior modification. Also yoga & meditation help. ...Read more

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If i prefer not to go on medication for my panic attacks. What other ways are there to help them?

CBT is very effectiv: Several psychotherapies have been shown to be effective in treating panic disorder. Identify a behavioral therapist with experience in treating panic disorder. Usually 10-20 treatments are required to markedly reduced eliminate the panic attacks. ...Read more

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Im having bad panic attacks even tho I am on medication for it i feel like I am having a break down i feel so ill?

Inadequate treatment: It sounds like the medications you are taking are not adequately addressing your underlying problem. You need to see your pcp or psychiatric for a re-evaluation of your medications. ...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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How can I overcome my panic attacks? I don't want medication, I have read it is bad. Please help.

How can I overcome my panic attacks? I don't want medication, I have read it is bad. Please help.

Panic attacks: The non-medication treatment for panic disorder has to do with a type of therapy whereby one faces their fears head-on and does not avoid situations which cause the anxiety. You need to expose yourself to the thing which makes you the most nervous, and then, do not do anything to respond after the panic attack starts. This is called desensitization or habituation. Face your fears, don't avoid. ...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?

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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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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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 more

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What is the least addictive PRN medication for anxiety & panic attacks?

What is the least addictive PRN medication for anxiety & panic attacks?

No benzos and: as well no medical evidence that chasing anxiety with any psychotropic is ever effective and in fact is counter-productive eg the anxiety will worsen. Scheduled dosing is the preferred way eg once a day, twice per day, etc depending on the med. Ssri's are best med but you may want to start w/regular exercise,meditation, increased antioxidants for instance. See ur pcp for a referral to psychiatrist if necessary. ...Read more

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Is there a natural medication that can be used for anxiety and panic attacks?

Anxiety: Natural supplements can be valerian, kava kava, st. John's sort, gaba. No natural remedy for panic attack. ...Read more

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I have severe anxiety and panic attacks daily . What medication would you suggest ?

I have severe anxiety and panic attacks daily . What medication would you suggest ?

Exposure therapy: There is a lot of validation for treatments that involve gradually increased exposure to the symptoms of panic coupled with relaxation training. Ssri meds are often prescribed for anxiety as well as for depression, but you can also learn how to manage, decrease, & sometimes completely eliminate the problem by working with a therapist who specializes in exposure-based therapy for panic. ...Read more

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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