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Is There A Cure For Panic Attacks
I have suffered from panic attacks on & off over the last few years. When I get one, my hr can get up to 150. Is this normal?
Yes: Hopefully this resolves in 30 minutes or so. It may even slow some in 10. Some folk experience even higher heart rates during an attack, and do not incur permanent damage, so don't worry about that. However, CBT therapy can offer a chance to learn skills to avoid, reduce and manage stress, anxiety and panic. It can be a good investment in your quality of life. Best! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Therapy: Seek a therapist who specializes in anxiety treatment. Exposure based therapy is a well validated treatment where you are helped to learn how to experience the initial sensations of panic, not run from those feelings, relax in the face of them (sounds impossible but can be done), and develop skills for dealing with them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stop a panic attack: By learning relaxation skills ahead of time. Biofeedback training can help you learn to manage your body's reactions. Find biofeedback professionals at www.Aapb.Org and www.Bcia.Org. You may not be able to stop an attack, but you may minimize it by not reacting to it with fear. Try to just observe it. Medication may also reduce the intensity of an attack. Find someone who treats anxiety. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Panic: The two kinds of treatments are medication and talk therapy. There are also physical causes for panic attacks, and a good dr should be able to perform some tests to determine if there is a physical cause. You should avoid benzodiazepines like Valium and Xanax (alprazolam) as they are habit forming. Good luck to you. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Panic disorder: Panic disorder is one of the scariest conditions but also one of the easiest to treat if caught early. Don't delay treatment as both medications and psychotherapy can be life savers. I wrote a chapter on panic in my book, psychiatry in techno colors, available on amazon.Com. See some of my other answers about panic treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do you cure a panic attack asap?1 of my friends recently had trouble breathing/tigntness of chest and just stopped functioning for 4 mins. Normal?
Therapy: In addition to medication, I would suggest finding a local psychotherapist who is very reputable, and specializes in dealing with anxiety. Panic attacks and anxiety are very common phenomena that are encountered in psychology practices. Psychotherapy can benefit you greatlyin controlling anxiety. This would also apply to panic attacks. Medications by themselves usually are not optimal for anxiety. ...Read more
Managing Panic: Panic runs on oxygen. When panicking u r getting too much! so try 2slow ur breathing. Better yet, 2keep more carbon dioxide in ur system: cup ur hands & breathe in/out thru them. Do learn about panic. Some self-help strategies: http://bit.Ly/xjnhyf psychoeducation & cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) can help u learn 2manage & even overcome panic & anxiety. Impt: see ur pcp 4physical workup. ...Read more
Would B Debilitating: By design our bodies have an adrenal gland above both kidneys. The adrenals produce+release hormones that regulate vital body functions- like maintaining the balance of salts in the blood, blood volume & pressure; preparing body 4 stress; etc. If one gland were removed, these vital functions wouldn't be totally compromised. If both were removed, w/out hormone replacement, the person would die. ...Read more
CBT: It can be done but is very difficult done by yourself. There are self help books but remember that many people get frustrated and have their symptoms worsen while doing the exposure work. If this happens help is still very likely with the aid of medication. See a therapist for more expertise who does cbt first, but don't rule out the psychiatrist for medication it this doesn't work adequately. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A different question: If u suddenly found yourself in a very dangerous situation, u'd want your body to prepare u to escape it or survive it. What u experience as uncomfortable panic might help save your life one day. Of course, if your body is preparing u for an emergency when there really isn't anything life-threatening happening, it can be maddening. Consider asking "how well have i learned to manage panic attacks?". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Trich+Anxiety Exprt : Chronic hair pulling - trichotillomania- is a body-focused repetitive behavior (bfrb). "trich" can arise in response to (a) emotions - anxiety, fear, boredom, excitement; &/or (b) detecting some irregularity on scalp. Hair pulling can feel pleasurable & can serve to relieve tension. There are effective treatments. Learn more about trich @ trich.Org. To learn about panic: http://www.Anxietybc.Org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Exercise Can Help: Proper nutrition and consistent exercise can significantly help with anxiety and panic. Usually exercise is part of an overall treatment program that includes therapy aimed at developing new ways of coping with feelings of anxiety. There is no question that helping your physical conditioning can help your emotional state. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I don't suffer from panic attacks when i'm struggling with cold for example. Is this possible? If so, any recommendations for cure?
Viral relief: A number of things may explain it. If you have considerable work stress and do not go to work when you have a cold, the relief of not being there could diminish any nervous tension that promotes panic. Also, do you routinely take meds for your cold? Antihistamines and decongestants(rare) relieve anxiety - sometimes prescribed for it. Maybe you alter your breathing subconsciously? Yoga, meditate. ...Read more
Yes: There are a variety of treatments for panic and anxiety to include medications (short term and long term if necessary), counseling/therapy, meditation, exercise/yoga, biofeedback, and so on. Some people have recurrences of panic/anxiety, but rest assured most panic attacks resolve with or without treatment so you will "go back to your old self". ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Fast May Not Last!: #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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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