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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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40mg fluoxetine-panic disorder, 180mg verapamil-cluster headache prevention (daily).Can I take rizatriptan pill 1hr after those meds for the headache?

40mg fluoxetine-panic disorder, 180mg verapamil-cluster headache prevention (daily).Can I take rizatriptan pill 1hr after those meds for the headache?

May be risky: Taking Fluoxetine, a serotonin reuptake inhibitor, along with a triptan, a serotonin receptor agonist, increases the risk of serotonin syndrome.The syndrome consists of mental status changes, autonomic dysfunction, and neuromuscular abnormalities. Taking Fluoxetine with Verapamil, or Verapamil with Rizatriptan does not pose problematic interactions. Discuss concerns with doctor. Hope this helps. ...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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Any advice? I have been having panic attacks frequently. Does this mean I have a panic disorder?

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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Is it normal during anxiety attack for BP to skyrocket? Any concern of this? I suffer from panic disorder. Bp was 160/94! but, 30 min later BP 102/72

Is it normal during anxiety attack for BP to skyrocket? Any concern of this? I suffer from panic disorder. Bp was 160/94! but, 30 min later BP 102/72

This no.: Is not that high, but it is still abnormal- I have always advised my patients that as high as their BP goes , can be an indication of hypertension (this was frequently when they asked about "the white coat syndrome") have your pcp work on your panic disorder! ...Read more

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It is normal to spend a few days with feeling of exhaustion after a panic disorder attack? Yesterday i have one and today im feeling tired and anxious

It is normal to spend a few days with feeling of exhaustion after a panic disorder attack? Yesterday i have one and today im feeling tired and anxious

Exhaustion after: panic is normal, like a car running out of gas. A day later is a bit long and may be more psychological than physical. See doc to rule out medical or hormonal conditions. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i was diagnosed with social anxiety, generalized anxiety and panic disorder?

What do you advise if i was diagnosed with social anxiety, generalized anxiety and panic disorder?

Expert Docs ; Info!: #1) really helps 2have mental health clinician like a clinical psychologist who has specific training/expertise in treatment of anxiety disorders. #2) it's vital 2understand what anxiety is, how it ticks so u can take back ur life from anxiety when it interferes w/ur ability 2function. Consider researching. http://www.anxietybc.org #3) but start w/ur pcp 4 workup 2rule out medical conditions.! ...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