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Is There A Medical Explanation For Why Panic Attacks Happen
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 logical reason for why I could suddenly collapse 5-10 minutes after having an anxiety attack?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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