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I was diagnosed with a panic disorder and agoraphobia. What should I do?

I was diagnosed with a panic disorder and agoraphobia. What should I do?

CBT: Cognitive behavior therapy is often the most effective treatment. If it is severe enough a medication that works with serotonin may also help. Contact your doctor or a psychotherpist. ...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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How to control my anxiety disorder I have been diagnosed with anxiety and panic disorder with agoraphobia, im gettin somewhat better, living on my own now but i can't get myself to go anywhere. I feel like im just rotting away. How do I get myself to get

How to control my anxiety disorder I have been diagnosed with anxiety and panic disorder with agoraphobia, im gettin somewhat better, living on my own now but i can't get myself to go anywhere. I feel like im just rotting away. How do I get myself to get

From : From what you described, your anxiety disorder and agoraphobia are quite debilitating. You asked how to make the anxiety go away and how you can do the things you used to. The most important factor is a strong desire to be well and the commitment that is required to do so. There are a number of options for treatment. Cognitive behavioral therapy has proven to be very effective with anxiety disorders. Learning deep breathing exercises and progressive muscle relaxation would be very beneficial. Your behavioral health provider can also teach you to do imagery work when you are becoming anxious. Medications that can be used include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or other antidepressants as well as seizure medications. Of course it goes without saying that you need to have a nutritious diet, aerobic activity and to strive for eight hours of sleep per night. Talk with your psychiatrist and your therapist about which treatment modalities would be best for you. One of the most important things to remember is that your conditions will not go away over- night. You will need patience. At times you will take one step forward and two steps back; but that is the nature of the beast. Lots of baby steps can equal quite a distance in the end. Savor any victories in your progress- no matter how small. Good luck on your road to recovery. Respectfully, dr. Heidi fowler. ...Read more

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Which type of medication will i most likely recieve for panic disorder and agoraphobia?

Which type of medication will i most likely recieve for panic disorder and agoraphobia?

COMBINATIONS: I start most of my patients on a combination of antidepressants (which also reduce anxiety) and tranquilizers. This improves things when you arrive at the right doses. Psychotherapy then brings control and resolution. ...Read more

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I have panic disorder and agoraphobia. Think I may have asbergers. Do you recommend I get tested? Helpless can't do things alone no confidence :(

I have panic disorder and agoraphobia. Think I may have asbergers. Do you recommend I get tested? Helpless can't do things alone no confidence :(

Evaluation : If you are concerned and these conditions affect your ability to function consider seeking and evaluation from a psychiatrist or psychologist, including those on HealthTap. There are treatment and intervention options available. If getting this process started is difficult, consider asking someone u trust to help. ...Read more

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I'm angry and irritable all the time and sometimes cry at night. I have panic disorder and agoraphobia, no friends and don't see family. Bipolar??

I'm angry and irritable all the time and sometimes cry at night. I have panic disorder and agoraphobia, no friends and don't see family. Bipolar??

Sounds terribly sad: Do you see a therapist? Please try to find one you can trust. This may take a long time and be difficult but it's worth it! Bipolar may be there too, but it's not all. Medication for it might get you started but you need to find a human to relate to. Even if you start very safe and slow - it's a nutrient for life. One step at a time. Get a psych eval. Move from there. Best! ...Read more

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What is panic disorder with agoraphobia?

What is panic disorder with agoraphobia?

Panic & agoraphobia: Panic disorder with agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder. In it there are discrete episodes of intense fear peaking within 10 min and dissipating within 30 min. Also there is fear of situations which might be hard to escape or where help may not be available --also fear of crowds, bridges & being outside alone. Panic includes physical sx like shortness of breath, tachycardia, chest pain, etc. ...Read more

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What is the difference between agoraphobia and panic disorder?

What is the difference between agoraphobia and panic disorder?

Panic: Panic disorder is anxiety disorder with panic attacks, which can occur with or without agoraphobia (fear of places which u perceive as difficult to escape from). Agoraphobia usually develops as complication of repeated panic attacks, leading to phobic avoidance. ...Read more

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What medications are the best for managing panic disorder with agoraphobia?

BEST?: The best are the ones that help you. Hopefully a good psychiatrist can pick the ones most likely to help. But medications don't cure this - good psychotherapy does. The meds stabilize and the therapy makes the basic changes. ...Read more

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What is the average time it would take to treat agoraphobia w/o panic disorder?

What is the average time it would take to treat agoraphobia w/o panic disorder?

Varies a lot: Typically people with agoraphobia are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, such as panic disorder. If you're avoiding only 1-2 specific situations, you might be diagnosed with a "specific phobia, " or "social phobia" if the avoidance is limited to social situations. These sorts of behavioral and anxiety problems are often improved within a few months, but there is a wide range among patients. ...Read more

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25yo female live alone. Don't look after myself, anxiety panic disorder can't leave home, agoraphobia. Think I could have asbergers? Feeling alone :(

25yo female live alone. Don't look after myself, anxiety panic disorder can't leave home, agoraphobia. Think I could have asbergers? Feeling alone :(

Please use your: telephone to reach out to local mental health agencies who MAY come by to help. Also consider talking w/a prudent spiritual leader if you are a person of spiritual faith. Above all, do all you can to get to your local doc. I know it will be difficult but it will help. The longer this lasts the more difficult it is to break free, but break free people do. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have generalized anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety, and agoraphobia. It's been getting worse and worse and I need medication.

I have generalized anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety, and agoraphobia. It's been getting worse and worse and I need medication.

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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How soon would i find relief from Zoloft (sertraline) for panic disorder w/agoraphobia? Would i need to be at the therapeutic dose for it to work?

How soon would i find relief from Zoloft (sertraline) for panic disorder w/agoraphobia? Would i need to be at the therapeutic dose for it to work?

Zoloft (sertraline) & Panic D/O: Zoloft requires at least 4-6, and probably at least 8, weeks to show its effects. I see you're on xanax (alprazolam) too -- this can be used temporarily while you are getting accustomed to the zoloft. You may find that zoloft prevents panic attacks sooner than this, but 6-8 weeks @ therapeutic dose for a good trial. ...Read more

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Is it okay to switch from Zoloft to Lexapro (escitalopram) for panic disorder/agoraphobia?

Is it okay to switch from Zoloft to Lexapro (escitalopram) for panic disorder/agoraphobia?

If it is approved by: Your prescribing provider. Both are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Lexapro (escitalopram) is approved for treatment of major depression ; generalized anxiety disorder but some doctors use it off label for panic disorder ; agoraphobia. ...Read more

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I take 10 miligram Valium every 4 to 6 hours for agoraphobia with panic disorder & ptsd but i would like to know is there a natural alternative ?

I take 10 miligram Valium every 4 to 6 hours for agoraphobia with panic disorder & ptsd but i would like to know  is there a natural alternative ?

Other modalities: Wow- those are some wooping doses of valium. Unfortanetly it is really correcting the underlying cause of your symptoms. Have you had a trial of an ssri? Before you become a valium zombie- strongly consider adding in non-med txs. Cognitive processing therapy is effecacious for treatment of both simple & complex ptsd. Acupuncture is also quite beneficial. Discuss branching out tx with your dr. ...Read more

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For panic disorder w/ agoraphobia & gad. Currently take xanax (alprazolam). Cannot tolerate ssris, gabbapentin or lamotragine. Is there anything else?

For panic disorder w/ agoraphobia & gad. Currently take xanax (alprazolam). Cannot tolerate ssris, gabbapentin or lamotragine. Is there anything else?

Yes: Yes, for medications there are still tricyclics like Pamelor (nortriptyline) and desipramine; also maoi's. There is always psychotherapy, a cornerstone of treatment for the conditions you're suffering. Plus i've found helpful results with classical homeopathy, especially when people are very sensitive to pharmaceuticals. Acupuncture offers promise also. All of these require well-trained practitioners. ...Read more

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I have Panic Disorder with agoraphobia (got feared during MRI), taking Clonazepam 0.5 mg 3 times a day. Is it safe to take Clonazepam for long time?

It's not best RX: The best treatment for panic disorder is to prevent attacks with a combination of psychotherapy and antidepressant drugs, particularly SSRI/SNRI's like sertraline, citalopram, venlafaxine (and many others). Benzodiazepines produce tolerance, and over time the dose may need to be increased, and if they are stopped suddenly, a severe withdrawal can happen. Use of SSRIs regularly&benzos for attacks. ...Read more

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Using sertraline for panic attacks and agoraphobia. Gained 30lbs .Is there another medication for panic disorder that doesn't cause weight gain?

Using sertraline for panic attacks and agoraphobia. Gained 30lbs .Is there another medication for panic disorder that doesn't cause weight gain?

Ask your doc: Some medications cause weight gain, as you've discovered. There are many related medications that might work in reducing panic and not cause weight gain and other side effects. Also combining medication with behavioral treatment can make it possible to eventually go off medication. ...Read more

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What is the best anti-dep for panic disorder w/agoraphobia, depression and gad? Currently taking lexapro, (escitalopram) but looking into other options.

Varies with person: There is no one "best" medication for those diagnoses, as one has to consider the whole person experiencing the problems before prescribing. Also specific responses to previous medications can provide additional info. If Lexapro (escitalopram) doesn't seem to be helping enough, a personalized evaluation with a psychiatrist will yield additional options. ...Read more

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Developed panic disorder w/agoraphobia after daughter was born. Ovarian cysts were found. Doc confirmed no pcos, hormones are fine. Is it related?

Developed panic disorder w/agoraphobia after daughter was born. Ovarian cysts were found. Doc confirmed no pcos, hormones are fine. Is it related?

Panic disorder: Your panic disorder is not likely related to ovarian cysts. It can develop in anybody and will have a higher chance to develop if you have history of. Generalized anxiety disorder . It can be precipitated by stressor like birth of. Child. You should consult a mental health professional. ...Read more

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Panic Disorder (Definition)

Panic disorder includes recurrent and unexpected panic attacks accompanied by fear of having additional panic attacks. Common symptoms of a panic attack can include increased heart rate, sweating, difficulty breathing, rapid thoughts ...Read more


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Fear Of Crowds (Definition)

Fear of crowd means the patient is anxious around other people. Group size does not necessarily correlate ...Read more