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I was recently diagnosed with a panic disorder. How do I prevent attacks?

I was recently diagnosed with a panic disorder. How do I prevent attacks?

Counseling: Nothing is guaranteed to keep them away, but start with a psychologist and get the help you need to avoid triggers and calm yourself when you can. ...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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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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I have been diagnosed with 3 anxiety disorders and nothing has helped. everytime I am out I have an anxiety attack what can I do?

I have been diagnosed with 3 anxiety disorders and nothing has helped. everytime I am out I have an anxiety attack what can I do?

Don't give up: Effective treatment of anxiety can take time and often does not happen overnight. I would be interested to know what diagnoses and treatments have been offered and to identify any barriers to desired outcomes. Providers on HealthTap may be able offer additional opinion and review of your health history and provide further guidance. ...Read more

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I was recently diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and i feel as if i was mis diagnosed my question is how do I get the diagnosis reversed?

I was recently diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and i feel as if i was mis diagnosed my question is how do I get the diagnosis reversed?

Borderline PD: Borderline pd can underlie anxiety and depression, and describes chronic, fixed patterns of responding and interacting. It may take some time working with someone to see overall patterns. If you disagree with your psychiatrist's understanding of your difficulties, get a second opinion from another equally trained psychiatrist -- carefully reviewing your history and response to treatment. ...Read more

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If I was diagnosed with severe manic depression 25 years ago, can a doctor diagnose me correctly with cyclothymia if I feel I am having a relapse?

If I was diagnosed with severe manic depression 25 years ago, can a doctor diagnose me correctly with cyclothymia if I feel I am having a relapse?

Bipolar Spectrum: Cyclothymia causes emotional ups and downs, but they're not as extreme as in bipolar disorder type i or type ii. Having had a full manic episode in the past would preclude a diagnosis of cyclothymia or bipolar type ii in the present. Thus, only if the original diagnosis was incorrect could the current diagnosis be accurate. ...Read more

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I was just recently diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. I also have bipolar ptsd OCD and add.what am i to do i have two docs but im scared?

I was just recently diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. I also have bipolar ptsd OCD and add.what am i to do i have two docs but im scared?

Fear not! - try CBT: From your query, it is clear that you are often very distressed and both you and those close to you suffer. It's not the # of docs, but your work-relshp w/ them that will help. Personality Dxs are NOT an additional 'illness' - merely a description. In fact, this must be said of other psych Dxs to a degree. Rather than labels, work to manage behavior/feelings/thoughts thru CBT skills. Best! ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a sleeping disorder or just get nocturnal panic attacks?

Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a sleeping disorder or just get nocturnal panic attacks?

The best way: to determine the cause of your symptoms is through consult with a sleep medicine specialist and a sleep study (polysomnogram). Take care. ...Read more

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Can anxiety and panic attacks make dealing with chronic migraines worse? With all I have been diagnosed with I am wondering what I do and don't have.

Can anxiety and panic attacks make dealing with chronic migraines worse? With all I have been diagnosed with I am wondering what I do and don't have.

Yes: Any type of chronic pain can make anxiety worse and can sometimes lead to depression. If you can find a good preventive regimen for the migraines you may find the other issues getting better. You may need combo of medications and therapies to get the best results. A healthy diet, regular exercise and enough sleep are also key. Speak with your primary about a comprehensive plan. ...Read more

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I recently got diagnosed with idiopathic gastroparesis and i've been very anxious what can I do to help

I recently got diagnosed with idiopathic gastroparesis and i've been very anxious what can I do to help

See your PCP: See your pcp to have a referral to a gastroenterologist to investigate what could cause it. I see you're on Elavil (amitriptyline) which can cause it. ...Read more

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How can I know if i had a panic attack?

How can I know if i had a panic attack?

Psychiatric eval: Panic attacks can develop rapidly ; include: marked anxiety; rapid, pounding heart beat; chest tightness or pain; shortness of breath with hyperventilation; hot or cold flashes; a sense of butterflies in the stomach, nausea or even vomiting; tingling of mouth or extremities; increased sweating; feeling faint or lightheaded; headache or shaking. There may be difficulty swallowing or tight throat;. ...Read more

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Recently i've been having severe anxiety attacks, linked with depression. How do I cope with it when it happens?

Recently i've been having severe anxiety attacks, linked with depression. How do I cope with it when it happens?

Depends on diagnosis: There are many types of depression and anxiety, some short lived. Adjustment disorders and single incident ptsd can be treated quickly.. Recurrent major depression, bipolar disorders, and panic take longer. Mindfulness based cognitive therapy and energy psychology are effective approaches, generally combined with medication. Energy tapping is a self help technique you might explore. ...Read more

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How can I tell if i just had a panic attack?

Panic attack: Panic attacks can develop rapidly ; include: marked anxiety; rapid, pounding heart beat; chest tightness or pain; shortness of breath with hyperventilation; hot or cold flashes; a sense of butterflies in the stomach, nausea or even vomiting; tingling of mouth or extremities; increased sweating; feeling faint or lightheaded; headache or shaking. There may be difficulty swallowing or tight throat;. ...Read more

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Any advice? I have been having panic attacks frequently. Does this mean I have a panic disorder?

Frequent panic : Frequent panic attacks usually are a symptom of panic disorder. Treatment for panic attacks and panic disorder usually involves medication and/or cognitive-behavior therapy. ...Read more

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How can tell my parents that I have been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder?

How can tell my parents that I have been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder?

Chronic Worry: All things considered, i would simply suggest that you explain it as "worrying a lot" and using a light switch analogy. People diagnosed with gad have a hard time turning worry "off" whereas "normal worriers" are able to control worry. Explain that worry is in response to anxiety (attempt at coping with anxiety) although leads to more anxiety. Many cognitive behavioral therapy resources available. ...Read more

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I have been recently diagnosed with a mixed personality disorder. But I don't understand how I can have it without a traumatic childhood or abuse??

I have been recently diagnosed with a mixed personality disorder. But I don't understand how I can have it without a traumatic childhood or abuse??

Attachment: Our personalities are developed as a result of inborn temperament and early life experiences, which can be yet are not necessarily traumatic. We model our parents and other significant people in our lives, and as a result we develop attachment styles. This is true for all of us, and sometimes there are extremes of personality that interfer with our functioning: thus personality disorders. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have just experienced my first panic attack?

How can I tell if I have just experienced my first panic attack?

Medical evaluation.: last 2 to 10 mins. Possible sx’s: sense of severe anxiety/panic, chest tightness/pain, rapid or pounding heartbeat, areas of numbness or pins & needles type sensation, hot flashes or chills & ^ perspiration. There may be tickle sensation in stomach or nausea, feeling dizzy or faint & physical shaking. The person may fear that they are going crazy, are out of control or that they are about to die. ...Read more

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I had induced delusional disorder for a long time. After myseparation, I have symptoms of ptsd and under stress, I have psychosis. How can you help me treat this.

I had induced delusional disorder for a long time. After myseparation, I have symptoms of ptsd and under stress, I have psychosis. How can you help me treat this.

See a Professional : You need to see a professional to meet with you and do an evaluation and assessment and come up with a diagnosis then a treatment plan is suggested and started. It is not possible to give an opinion on these issues without a face to face evaluation. ...Read more

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How can I know if i just had a panic attack?

What were the sx's?: Panic attacks often last 2 to 10 mins. Sx’s can include: sense of severe anxiety or panic, chest tightness or pain, rapid or pounding heartbeat, areas of numbness or pins ; needles type sensation, hot flashes or chills ; heavy perspiration. There may be a tickle sensation in the stomach or nausea, feeling dizzy or faint ; physical shaking. The person may fear that they are going crazy, they are >>. ...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