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How to treat anxiety and panic attacks?

How to treat anxiety and 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 more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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How to treat anxiety panic attacks and costochondritis simultaneously? (already taking paroxetine 10mg daily since 3 weeks but chest pains continue..)

How to treat anxiety panic attacks and costochondritis simultaneously? (already taking paroxetine 10mg daily since 3 weeks but chest pains continue..)

Anxiety : Believe me when i say "i know what you are going through." i suggest to check with your physician closely. He may consider adjusting the dose or adding another medication to work along with the paroxetine (perhaps a beta blocker or low dose benzodiazepine). If costochondritis still limits you, discuss with your doctor to see if an anti inflammatory medication is indicated. Hope you get well soon. ...Read more

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How can I treat horrible anxiety and panic attacks?

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 more

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How do I treat chronic anxiety and panic attacks?

Meds/ counseling: The therapy for these problems is usually a combination of anti-anxiety medicines and counseling to help deal with and diminish the anxiety and panic attacks. ...Read more

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I was previously treated for extreme anxiety and panic attacks with mirtazipine 15mg and diazepam 10mg and worked perfect but got relapse 2 yrs later?

I was previously treated for extreme anxiety and panic attacks with mirtazipine 15mg and diazepam 10mg and worked perfect but got relapse 2 yrs later?

Time to see doctor: If you had good results previously but now have relapsed, it's time to see your doctor for sure. Some adjustments, changes, or additions can be made so that you can feel better. Also, psychotherapy is an essential part of recovery from anxiety -- and of its long-term management. ...Read more

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Dr prescribed amitryptaline in addition to Lexapro (escitalopram) to treat anxiety. Have been taking Lexapro (escitalopram) for years but still having panic attacks and insomnia.

When Rx'ed Amitripty: If you just got the script for amitryptiline today then, we're way to early to conclude anything. If you have already been on that combo for at least 2-3 weeks and no change in your symptoms then, you should call your doctor. Do your panic attacks stem from PTSD, nightmares, abuse, or other forms of trauma? Unless you address such issues DIRECTLY, no amount of medication is likely to work well. ...Read more

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Which is a better anti depressant drug to treat panic attacks, anxiety and depression. Lexapro (escitalopram) or zoloft?

Which is a better anti depressant drug to treat panic attacks, anxiety and depression. Lexapro (escitalopram) or zoloft?

Both Potentially: Lexapro (escitalopram) and zoloft are similar medications and have both been shown to be helpful for panic, anxiety, and depression. There is probably a decreased percentage of side effects with lexapro (escitalopram), (escitalopram) so it might be preferable for that reason. However, plenty of people do well with either medicine, and I have had some patients do well with zoloft after not getting benefit with lexapro (escitalopram). ...Read more

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What causes my anxiety and panic attacks?

Possible Causes: Some things which can ^ risk for panic attacks include: previous abuse/ trauma as well as genetic predisposition. Traumatic brain injury, hyperthyroidism, hypoglycemia, mitral valve prolapse, recurrent hyperventilation, extreme physical activity, drug abuse & use of stimulants may ^ risk. Acute stressors or chronic stress, illness, claustrophobia & major life changes can also play a part. ...Read more

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Whats normal with anxiety and panic attacks?

Whats normal with anxiety and panic attacks?

Question to vague: If you are looking for symptoms that can differentiate the two disorders i suggest going on epocrates or webmd which will help. Their is not enough space to fully answer this question here. Both can be stand alone diagnoses or part of some larger diagnosis. I would suggest seeing your family dr. And go over the symptoms. Their are many rating scales that can be found on the web. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Alan Ali
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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