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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
Need evaluation: Differentiating panic attacks from other medical problems is possible through a careful medical evaluation with your primary care physician. S/he will take your full history, examine you, and do diagnostic tests including ekg and others. It's possible to have panic attacks and other medical problems -- and all would need treatment. Panic can be successfully treated with medications and therapy. ...Read more
I have panic attacks often. It feels like im dying. Got a full medical workup last year. How can I tell from panic attack or something serious?
My friend gets panic attacks when anything medical related comes up/if he feels something's wrong, but refuses to see a dr because he don't want pills?
Panic ; pill phobia: Your friend's panic is not as strong as his pill phobia. Phobia's are far more lethal than panic. Some day when he thinks he is panicking he may actually be having a heart attack and the phobia may lead to his demise. It is truly sad. Show him this and tell him cognitive therapy may help both without pills. You may save his life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How to tell difference between anxiety and panic attacks vs an actual medical problem or emergency.
Are their any programs out there for someone who has constant anxiety and panic attacks because of the medical problems they have?
MBSR Groups: Mindfulness-based stress reduction (mbsr) programs are offered all over north america, and involve 8 weeks of instruction in methods to help you with anxiety, pain, and other kinds of distress. It is the beginning of a lifetime practice. There are many in-person programs, and also some online ones -- but in person is better for connecting with others, of course. Google "mbsr programs" and see! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How frequently do you have to have panic attacks before it is a problem, for example, becomes a medical condition or prevents you from driving?
That depends: Severity is also an important issue. It is usually best to pull over to the side of the road to calm yourself if you are driving and have a panic attack. If you can't focus well on the task at hand - you shouldn't be driving. If continous panic when driving - would stop driving until symptoms improve. Discuss particulars with your doctor. ...Read more
Multiple causes: Medical causes for panic attacks include: mitral valve prolapse, overactive thyroid, low blood sugar, stimulant use and medication withdrawal.For depression some causes include an underactive thyroid, certain medications, alcohol, perimenopause and vitamin deficiencies (i.e. Folic acid and b12). Some illnesses put you at a high risk for depression such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. ...Read more
Atypical anxiety: Extreme fear can occur in extreme generalizing anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Can also occur in organically caused anxiety disorder, anxiety caused by alcohol or drugs including medications, or in anxiety disorder not otherwise specified. Extreme fear is also felt it in pre-psychotic or psychotic disorders, especially paranoid disorder. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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