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How To Handle 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Psychotherapy: And ralaxations techniques.Get a more detailed 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
Gradual Exposure: Consider working w/ clinical psychologist / anxiety expert who can help u face ur fear ; desensitize urself to it: the brain regions generating the kind of fear u describe aren't easily soothed by logic/reason. U'll be guided to face being alone for longer ; longer spans of time. At each step u'll learn to let ur level of distress climb until it starts to fall ; then drop back to a low level. ...Read more
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