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Is there a medical explanation for why panic attacks happen?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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Is there a medical explanation for why panic attacks happen?

Medical explanation : Please refer to my answer above for explanation of relationship between fear, adrenaline, blood co2 & blood sugar. ...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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Is there a medical explanation for why panic attacks happen in womans?

Is there a medical explanation for why panic attacks happen in womans?

Many reasons: Some women feel anxious because they have chronic, ongoing stress. Others might occasionally fear for safety of their family or themselves. There are many other reasons. Not all people, men or women, have a panic disorder. But if they have frequent or intense "attacks" it might help them to see a doctor, psychologist or religious leader. ...Read more

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Is there a medical explanation for hiccups?

Is there a medical explanation for hiccups?

Yes: There are several explanation, including ulcer, brain disease, stress, reflux etc. ...Read more

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Is there a medical or psychological explanation for why adults sometimes have bad dreams? What are the most common causes/reasons for them?

Is there a medical or psychological explanation for why adults sometimes have bad dreams? What are the most common causes/reasons for them?

Dreams: are one way that we work through conflicts and work on healing. Nightmares sometimes are symbolic and are a way that we try to work through issues that may be lingering. Vivid dreams or nightmares can also occur as a side effect from some medications. ...Read more

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Is there a logical reason for why I could suddenly collapse 5-10 minutes after having an anxiety attack?

Is there a logical reason for why I could suddenly collapse 5-10 minutes after having an anxiety attack?

Yes: If you hyperventilate, then syncope can occur as you breathe out your carbon dioxide and alkalize your blood. If at the same time you are hyperventilating you do a valsalva maneuver (pushing against a closed glottis or vocal cords), you will probably pass out (syncope). ...Read more

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I know that it is common to experience dizziness during a panic attack but is it possible for dizziness to be the FIRST symptom of a panic attack?

Yes: Breathing is often a factor in panic attacks. You are most likely breathing more with your chest (thoracic breathing) instead of from the diaphragm. Read up on diaphragm breathing, and label your breathing as you do it. For example rising and falling as your diaphragm moves. ...Read more

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What clincally causes terrible breath? Is there a medical condiition and/or ecplanation for it?

What clincally causes terrible breath? Is there a medical condiition and/or ecplanation for it?

Many things: The contents of your stomach coming back up ("reflux"), poor drainage from your sinuses or the tubes to your middle ear, poor teeth cleaning, etc. Speak with your doctor to determine what is the most likely cause. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for panic attacks?

Is there a cure for panic attacks?

Cure no,help yes: Learning to face and deal with your anxiety and panic attacks is the key to success, meditation, biofeedback, neutofeedback, yoga, hypnosis and medication all could be beneficial. ...Read more

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What is the medical cause of sudden depression? I know its related to serotonin deficiency but is there a reason for it happening so suddenly?

What is the medical cause of sudden depression? I know its related to serotonin deficiency but is there a reason for it happening so suddenly?

DEPRESSION: Get an evaluation from a psychiatrist to help identify what depression means to you and whatever else may be bothering you. Consider recommendations for medication if any are given. Get a referral for a reputable psychotherapist to speak with. Meds and therapy combined are most optimal; no just one or the other. ...Read more

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Is there a medical explanation for yawning?

Is there a medical explanation for yawning?

High carbon dioxide: Back in medical school, it was explained to me that as we get tired our respiratory rate goes down raising our carbon dioxide level. This rise causes us to yawn and take a deep breath to expel the rising carbon dioxide. It sounded good to me at the time. ...Read more

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Is there treatment for someone that is a hypocondriact? What causes this in a person?

Is there treatment for someone that is a hypocondriact? What causes this in a person?

Yes: You should seek advice and treatment from a psychiatrist. Treatment is mainly through counseling and sometimes anti-anxiety medications. ...Read more

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Why is telepathy considered a delusion and a sign of psychosis? Explanations please?

Why is telepathy considered a delusion and a sign of psychosis? Explanations please?

A delusion is a: false belief caused by a mental illness and can be a sign of psychosis. The belief in telepathy in one didn't before, who suffers from mental illness and outside of a certain cultural belief systems, could be considered a delusion. WIthout signs of specific mental illness, believing in telepathy by itself is not a delusion nor is this psychosis. Many folks + cultures feel this way. ...Read more

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Can there be ever a physical/neurological reason for having bi-polar disorder?

Can there be ever a physical/neurological reason for having bi-polar disorder?

If wrong diagnosis: The diagnosis of bipolar disorder is according to dsm-v is only assigned to patients when all appropriate medical and neurological conditions are excluded first. In the differential for bipolar disorder are classic conditions that have been confused for purely psychiatric conditions. Among those conditions acute intermittent porphyria, hyperthyroidism and intracranial mass feature prominently. ...Read more

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Is there a medical reason that I have nightmares all the time?

Is there a medical reason that I have nightmares all the time?

Medical reason for ?: Not really , but people who has experienced or witnessed a trauma may have night mares , flashback , avoidance and hyperarousal ...Read more

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What are physical reasons that can cause a panic attack to occur once/month-good health, no trauma or history of panic for 40 years! coffee in am?

Puzzling: Having monthly panic attacks after 40 years without is a puzzle. In some people, caffeine and other stimulant use can certainly precipitate higher anxiety level and possibly panic. Your additional patient information indicates you also have insomnia, so you are not symptom-free otherwise. Please see your primary care doc for a personal review of these issues and your health. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain, is there a diagnosis or medication for crazy new symptoms from nightmares?

Docs can you explain, is there a diagnosis or medication for crazy new symptoms from nightmares?

Nightmares: Imagery rehearsal treatment is a promising form of cbt for recurrent nightmares. It helps sufferers change their nightmares by rehearsing how they would like them to play themselves out while they are awake. Minipress (prazosin) blocks nightmares. You should see a sleep disorder specialist and make sure there are no medications or an underlying sleep disorder that is causing the problem.Antidepressants, beta blockers, narcotics are the most likely to cause nightmares. ...Read more

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Is there any psychological explanation explaining why people can get postnatal depression?

Is there any psychological explanation explaining why people can get postnatal depression?

Enormous life change: Beside biochemical changes, childbirth /motherhood changes every possible aspect of a woman's life--sleep patterns, relationships, work, lost freedom, changed relationship with partner, not to mention a universe of personal psychological meanings that "motherhood" may hold for a woman. For good info info, see http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0004481/#adam_007215.Disease.Causes. ...Read more

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Is there a panic/stress related attack that would not require going to the hospital?

Is there a panic/stress related attack that would not require going to the hospital?

It usually does not: take long before the doctors at ER room at hospitals realize that panic attacks are not heart attacks and refer people to see a psychologist to work on overcoming panic attacks. Once it is clear that there is no medical danger it is not necessary to go to the hospital. ...Read more

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Panic Attack (Definition)

A type of anxiety disorder in which someone has repeated attacks of intense fear that something bad will ...Read more