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I have been experiencing what I believe are panic attacks. How do I get over them?

I have been experiencing what I believe are panic attacks. How do I get over them?

Face your fears : Do not avoid situations that make you anxious, rather, expose yourself to such situations on purpose. If you have a panic attack, don't do anything about it to try and get it to go away. That is called desensitization. ...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


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I keep having these weird symptoms. How do I know I have a panic attack?

See a good doctor: If the "weird" symptoms are just amusing or a curiosity to you, then you need do nothing. If however, they are significantly troublesome or disabling, you need to be evaluated by a physician. (that's what we do.). ...Read more

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I am having panic attacks. I do not have any meds. What can I do?  they are scarey.

I am having panic attacks. I do not have any meds. What can I do?  they are scarey.

Panic attacks: Panic attacks may occur without any real identifiable precipitant. They often occur out of the blue. Treatment involves either medication or a type of talk therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy. There are medical/physical causes for panic attacks as well, these can be ruled-out with some lab tests. See a psychiatrist, preferably one board certified. Good luck. ...Read more

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In the past 2yrs I have been having anxiety attacks wondering y, I have never had them before. Dont want meds so i can I stop them from coming?

Speak...: ...To a psychiatrist. He/she can help you find out the exact nature of your anxiety (there are different kinds) and the likely causes. There are uncommon medical causes as well which should be ruled out. There are many different non-medication treatments for anxiety that he/she will recommend--depending on the whats and whys of your situation. ...Read more

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What to do if I have real bad panic attacks. What can I do to help me I am 38 years old?

What to do if I have real bad panic attacks. What can I do to help me I am 38 years old?

Learn to relax your: Learn to relax your breathing. Practice when you are not having a panic attack so that when it occurs you will be prepared to use the relaxed breathing to calm yourself. At the same time remind yourself, it will pass, you are not having a heart attack or other physical problem. Therapists can teach you other relaxation techniques, too. ...Read more

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I feel really depressed and don't know what to do. I have had these episodes on and off for years. Of late, I have been fantasising about suicide?

I feel really depressed and don't know what to do.  I have had these episodes on and off for years. Of late, I have been fantasising about suicide?

See below: I"m sorry you're going through this. Look at things that worked for past years. Find a psychologist or a mental health provider to help you figure out issues that might be causing your feelings. If you're having thoughts of self-harm that are overwhelming, go to the nearest emergency room or dial 911. National suicide prevention hotline 1-800-273-talk. Good luck! ...Read more

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Was wondering what I can do to talk myself out of a panic attack? And what I can do when I feel really dizzy? Been so scared been housebound

Seek help: It's hard to talk yourself out of a panic attack, if that's what it is. There are medical conditions that can mimic this psychological problem. The fact that you're becoming housebound is serious, so get yourself seen. If you don't have a doctor, you may call local mental health services. Take care of yourself, you are your own best advocate. Good luck . ...Read more

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I have really severe panic attacks what should I do now?

I have really severe panic attacks what should I do now?

Calm yourself.: Breath in slowly ; deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to. If you haven't been assessed for your panic/ anxiety - that would be prudent. Take care. ...Read more

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I have some terrible manerisms i developed. Im having bad ticks. I also have ocd. What can I do best? Can i self medicate? If so what is it? Thanks

I have some terrible manerisms i developed. Im having bad ticks. I also have ocd. What can I do best? Can i self medicate? If so what is it? Thanks

Please Don't : Self - medicate. You would do best to seek psychiatric evaluation (neurological evaluationmay or may not be recommended). That provider can offer appropriate treatment options. ...Read more

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I have been taking fiorcet for headaches for many years I am concerned if i don't have them what might happen. What can i do where do i go to get th?

I have been taking fiorcet for headaches for many years  I am concerned if i don't have them what might happen.  What can i do where do i go to get th?

Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) by Rx only!: Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) is not something you take without consulting your doctor. Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) overdose is often fatal and symptoms may not present for hours. See your doctor for evaluation and Rx. ...Read more

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How do you stop anxiety attacks. I have them often now and I have a hard time in school. What do I do?

How do you stop anxiety attacks. I have them often now and I have a hard time in school. What do I do?

People who have: Panic attacks are ok but often fear dying or some other catastrophic event. The fear of another panic attack becomes the real issue. Some therapists will even prescribe panic attacks to help the person see that they are ok and that the attacks are self-limiting. Please see a psychologist for support. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What do I do if I have dreams of killing people i know?

What do I do if I have dreams of killing people i know?

Dreams: Dreams are often very symbolic. Sometimes a dream's meaning is somewhat literal - but often not. Are these dreams disturbing to you? If this continues you could consider working with a therapist to interpret them. More importantly however, is the question regarding if you want to hurt anyone while you are awake. If so - would seek help for sure. ...Read more

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I use to get panic attacks all the time but now I rarely get them but I still do get them. What causes panic attacks? I get anxiety and I worry a lot!

I use to get panic attacks all the time but now I rarely get them but I still do get them. What causes panic attacks? I get anxiety and I worry a lot!

Panic Attack Anxiety: Some factors contribute to Panic Attack: Family History Major life stress such as the death of a loved one, can trigger panic disorder Abuse of drugs and alcohol Commend yourself as you are not having panic attacks now. Anxiety can be due to stressors of relationship with parents, siblings, friends and loved ones Abuse of drugs and alcohol see a psychiatrist for diagnosis and Treatment. ...Read more

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How do I tell my psychiastrist that i think I have borderline? I don't want to diagnose myself, but have almost all the symptoms. I have bipolar aswell

How do I tell my psychiastrist that i think I have borderline? I don't want to diagnose myself, but have almost all the symptoms. I have bipolar aswell

Speak openly: Simply tell your psychiatrist about your concerns, and that you've been studying about these conditions. In some cases, bipolar disorder can be confused with borderline pd, because mood instability can occur in both. That said, most humans have some emotional conflict in the same areas described in borderline pd, without having the full disorder. Do have the conversation with your doctor! ...Read more

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How do I know if I could have anxiety? What are the beginning symptoms? I think I had an attack once..

How do I know if I could have anxiety? What are the beginning symptoms? I think I had an attack once..

Anxiety: Common symptoms: chronic worry for no apparent reason, overwhelming fear of a stimulus or situation, agitation, nervousness, or thoughts of dread accompanied by physical symptoms (sweating, high heart rate, flushing, panic). Important to determine if symptoms affect functioning in multiple domains (school, social activities, etc). Be sure to discuss with parent or family, as well as your doctor. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have anxiety or depression as I feel I have them?

How do I know if I have anxiety or depression as I feel I have them?

There are 33 Sx's of: anxiety and 9 of depression. In major depression, three-quarters of the time, anxiety is present, too, so there is some overlap. Here's a lay reference for depression Sx's: http://health.alot.com/conditions/depression-symptoms--367 Here's a source to diagnose your own anxiety: http://www.psychologyproductsandservices.com/page2.html Use a psychologist for further guidance. ...Read more

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I'm on quetiapine & citalopram have been for a year. I do not think I have bpd and i want to see what I am like without them. Can i stop?

I'm on quetiapine & citalopram have been for a year. I do not think I have bpd and i want to see what I am like without them. Can i stop?

Check first: It is natural to wonder about whether one does need to be on psychotropic medication and to prefer to not take them. However, it is best to talk to your doctor before stopping medicines as there could be withdrawal symptoms. ...Read more

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What can I take for severe panic disorder but im 3 months pregnant I have asthma I am 3 months pregnant and i suffer from really bad panic attacks i don't no what to do since im pregnant I have them every day constantly please help

Unfortunately : Unfortunately this an issue that you, your psychiatrist, and OB will have to discuss and weigh all your options. The medications that are typically used for the treatment of panic attacks are class c drugs, this means that these drugs have not been studied in humans, and have possibly shown some adverse effects in animal studies. A doctor or medical team may decide that the benefits when given these drugs outweigh the potential risk to the fetus, then they are prescribed. Daily panic attacks seem like a justifiable reason to go ahead and begin medical treatment, however your medical team has more information about you and your history and can make a better decision regarding this. Good luck. ...Read more

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What can I do if my panic attacks are taking over my life?

What can I do if my panic attacks are taking over my life?

Evaluation & Therapy: A person who has panic symptoms needs a physical evaluation to rule out any underlying medical condition. Then there needs to be mental evaluation and consideration of psychotherapy, behavioral therapy and medication. ...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