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How To Handle Panic Attacks Without Medication
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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