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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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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