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How To Relieve 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
Learn skills: Abdominal breathing, muscle relaxation, guided imagery, mindfulness meditation, biofeedback, psychotherapy, acupuncture, nutrition, exercise and medications can all help. See www.Thehealingmind.Org for self- care books and audios. Work with a good integrative doctor to help guide you. ...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
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
Get psychiatric eval: To make accurate assessment, check for underlying medical conditions ; to see if psychotropic medications are indicated. To address anxiety/ panic: talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi gong, tai chi, . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Meds and therapy: Panic attacks occur when our brain believes we are in danger, and engages the fight or flight response. The good news is that panic attacks are usually easily treated with a combination of medications and cognitive behavioral therapy. Learning relaxation strategies is helpful, as are soothing self talk and distraction. Here is a relaxation link to get you started: http://tinyurl.Com/bnodn8y. ...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
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
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
Only one option: Benzodiazepines like clorazepate bind the GABA receptor complex and increase overall sedation of the brainl. These medicines are best used short-term until the SSRI or SNRI anti-anxiety medication takes hold. If possible, you want to use the lowest helpful dose of the benzo's due to potential for sedation, intoxication, tolerance / dependence, balance, and memory troubles, esp with older folks. ...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
CBT: It can be done but is very difficult done by yourself. There are self help books but remember that many people get frustrated and have their symptoms worsen while doing the exposure work. If this happens help is still very likely with the aid of medication. See a therapist for more expertise who does cbt first, but don't rule out the psychiatrist for medication it this doesn't work adequately. ...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
Anxiety disorders : are chronic or recurrent, & usually life-long. The goal is to learn to minimize their harmful impact on your daily functioning. Seek referral from your primary care physician to a psychologist for consistent, ongoing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Also, seek referral to a psychiatrist for diagnostic evaluation of anxiety & other disorders that can co-exist & adjunctive medical management. ...Read more
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