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Natural Treatment For Panic Disorder
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
Yes there are: I agree with my colleagues that approaches like meditation, yoga, tai chi and psychotherapy help. Herbals can calm anxiety but not usually stop full panic attacks. Classical homeopathy can be very helpful in chronic anxiety -- and requires in-depth case-taking with an experienced homeopath. At least 800 (& more) remedies are known to help anxiety, and you need help finding the best one for you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Meds: Bipolar disorder is a complex disease best managed with a close relationship with a dr. Comfortable with treating this illness.I do not know of any "natural" treatments that are effective in the treatment of this disorder.That said, how about treatment with a natural substance like a"salt", like lithium, which I use most often in treating bipolar disorder, along with other meds? ...Read more
Anxiety: The most natural treatment is exercise. Free, and extremely effective. Just 20 minutes of brisk walking a day will do it. Meditation or just taking time out for sitting in silence, 10-20 minutes a day, will also help a lot. Many people find certain teas and warmed milk helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No "best" drug: There is no "best" medication for anxiety. People respond differently to medication. You have to find the one that works for you as they can have side effects. Ssri's (i.e. Zoloft, lexapro, paxil, (paroxetine) celexa) are commonly prescribed to treat anxiety. Exercise is a great natural weigh to manage anxiety as well as cognitive behavioral therapy. ...Read more
Therapy +/- meds: Many individuals respond to congitive-behavioral therapy, individually or in groups. Some people benefit from medicaiton, and some combination therapy. A former resident and i put together a web-page: http://cpancf.Com/articles_files/overcomingsocialanxietydisorder.Asp. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Nothing: Please forgive my frankness. Social anxiety disorder is highly treatable in almost all cases by talking and wise guidance. You owe it to yourself and others to re-learn social skills that may have been twisted in a confusing early envrionment. You can learn to be brave & to behave effectively, to like and to be liked by others. Choose a guide wisely. You must be brave -- no pill can supply thay. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Relaxation breathing: If you want to avoid medication for your panic attacks, i highly revommend the book: the relaxation response by benson. Read the entire book, the start doing the exercises as contained in the book. Start with 5 minutes twice a day working up to 10 minutes twice a day. You will soon learn to relax instantly, anytime you want or need to, like in the car. It's not hard. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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Manage anxiety: By learning relaxation skills & learning to modify the thoughts, perceptions & beliefs that trigger your anxiety. Learning to calm your body & your mind is the key. You can learn these skills on your own, but having a mental health professional "coach" you is quicker & more effective. Biofeedback helps learn relaxation skills (www.Bcia.Org & www.Aapb.Org). ...Read more
Yes: In fact, lithium is probably the best/most studied medication for the treatment of bipolar disorder. It is very effective in many but not all cases. It has been shown to be the most effective treatment for suicidality. It can be safe and effective, especially for bipolar i disorder or a manic episode. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I wouldn't: Consult a board certified child psychiatrist. No delay. ...Read more
Time and Focus: The first thing to understand is that episodes of depression can-and do-happen in the course of treating bpd. Also many of the symptoms of the two disorders are similar, so at times both the meds and therapy that would be appropriate are likely to look identical. But, in very general terms, bpd depends more heavily on long-term therapy--building a positive sense of self and capacity for trust. ...Read more
Depends on severity: Whether you'll need medicine for depression/anxiety depends on the severity of your symptoms. But you could certainly start with a good psychotherapist, because talk therapy (esp. Cbt) can provide excellent results. Also increasing exercise on your own, plus making sure you get consistent rest/sleep daily too. Classical homeopathy treatment with a trained practitioner is another possibility. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Medications: Schizoaffective disorder can be hard to treat. Typically, antipsychotic medicatoins are needed to help with the psychosis, and then antidepressants or mood stabilizers or both may be needed to help with the disturbance in mood. Over time, the specific symptoms may change, and sometimes one class of drugs makes other symptoms worse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fish oil: There is some research on high dose fish oil for treatment of bipolar disorder. There are also natural products with a proprietary formulation of a vitamins and minerals. Here's a useful article on web md reviewing supplements: http://www.Webmd.Com/bipolar-disorder/guide/bipolar-disorder-supplements recommend: get definitive control with conventional meds first, then investigate natural. ...Read more
Psychotherapy + Meds: Ocd responds very well to cognitive behavioral psychotherapy and certain types of medications. Try to have an evaluation with a psychiatrist or psychologist who specialize in anxiety disorders. If money is an issue, think about your local community mental health center. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Classical homeopathy: Ocd is a difficult disorder to treat, even in conventional medicine. However, there are psychiatrists who are well-trained in classical homeopathy and who can help you. Many people who have not responded to conventional medications or who are very sensitive to them, may respond well to homeopathy. You must be sure your homeopath is familiar with ocd and is experienced in treating this problem. ...Read more
What are some natural treatments for anxiety and panic disorder? What may be a good place to seek out assistance in chicago? Thank you in advance.
See below...: Psychotherapy naturally assists in identifying & resolving underlying issues. Word of mouth referral or thru ur family dr. Or check out profiles for good fit in ur area @ www.Psychologytoday.Com +introduce urself to the very powerful self help tool of emotional freedom technique (eft); www.Eftuniverse.Com +mindfulness meditation & relaxation are very powerful tools too! wishing you well! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I take 10 miligram Valium every 4 to 6 hours for agoraphobia with panic disorder & ptsd but i would like to know is there a natural alternative ?
Other modalities: Wow- those are some wooping doses of valium. Unfortanetly it is really correcting the underlying cause of your symptoms. Have you had a trial of an ssri? Before you become a valium zombie- strongly consider adding in non-med txs. Cognitive processing therapy is effecacious for treatment of both simple & complex ptsd. Acupuncture is also quite beneficial. Discuss branching out tx with your dr. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
DSM Definition: It's different than anxiety which is preceded by chronic stressors which build to reactions of moderate intensity that can last for days, weeks or months, panic attacks are acute events triggered by a sudden, out-of-the-blue cause: duration is short and symptoms are more intense. You can have both. It can be very severe and painful, but it is quite treatable w/ cbt and some think ssri's help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Everybody is different . There is no size of plan fits all. Benzodiazepines have a more immediate effect. SSRI take 4-6 weeks to have full effect for anxiety and depression. Dosages have to be titrated and adjusted. Very often a combination of both medications are used, frequently with therapy. ...Read more
I wouldn't: Consult a board certified child psychiatrist. No delay. ...Read more
Why does anxiety cause the realization and depersonalization? And what is the best treatment for severe anxiety and panic disorder? Thank you mike
Agree w Dr. Grin: The hyperthyroidism needs to be addressed promptly - often by an endocrinologist. A specific treatment plan would be developed for you. In the meantime, medications such as benzodiazapines, Buspar (buspirone) or antidepressants can help with sxs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will doctors prescribe Xanax (alprazolam) if I am taking suboxone? I have panic disorder and it has been really bad since starting treatment. I have been onit befo
Will my doc rx xanax (alprazolam): Only your prescribing doc will be able to determine if he/she believes that you would best and most safely be treated with Xanax (alprazolam) for your panic disorder, while taking suboxone. It does sound like there would be reason for concern, as both meds are respiratory depressants. First line treatment for panic disorder is an SSRI +/- talk therapy. Talk to ur doctor about the right treatment for you. :) ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Keep hope!: Panic disorder is a curable condition. Possibly what you have been trying to alleviate it by individual and group therapy was not the right fit for u. My recommendation for u is to find an experienced psychiatrist and get a new evaluation of your condition. You should be offered more options including psychopharmacology. Best wishes for u to keep hope & find the right treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the best type of therapy for panic disorder w/agoraphopia and gad? I've been in therapy for several years.
Agoraphobia: Is a complex disorder. Cognitive behavioral techniques combined with some insight oriented psychotherapy have worked well for my clients. Progressive desensitization followed by exposure to situations that have caused anxiety help overcome the phobic situations. The insight oriented work can help uncover how the phobias developed in the 1st place. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Behavioral - Other: There are a variety of behavioral strategies you can practice to help manage panic attacks. These include various relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises and meditation. You will also want to monitor you overall health and exposure to stress. It would be good for you to work with a therapist on these strategies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Panic Disorder help: Go to panic disorder therapy! but first, check with a physician first to make sure there isn't some kind of medical condition underlying the symptoms.Consider doing relaxation training exercises or mindfulness practices (free stuff here: http://www.Mindful.Org/mindfulness-practice)to calm down the anxiety. Then you'll feel more comfortable to enter therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I take Effexor (venlafaxine) and wellbutrin for panic disorder. What other treatments are best besides medications?
Talk therapy: Even with medication, i think it is a very goo idea to do some cbt talk therapy. That can help you feel more skilled (less helpless) in moderating or avoiding attacks. You may not need the meds if you are successful. Also meditation and certain exercise programs can be a good support for correcting this disorder. I'm impressed by your interest in self-management. I bet you'll do well. ...Read more
I have OCD, GAD, and panic disorder so severe that therapy, medication, and CBT have all failed. Doctors have nothing left for me... I'm in despair!?
I am diagnosed with panic disorder and dissociative disorder. My Doc advice me EMDR Therapy. Is it effective or wastage of money? Advice please
I have PTSD, panic disorder, insomnia, dissociative identity disorder and depression. What treatments would you advise I discuss with my psych?
EMDR: is an excellent treatment for trauma-you have to find someone who is certified to do this-you can go back to your reg psych afterward. Desensitization is another method your doc might use, along with Cognitive Restructuring of traumatic events. Hypnosis can be helpful, but you need very experienced practitioner with DID. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A behavioral: approach to panic disorder is a good idea. See www.relaxationresponse.org for a technique to retrain the fight-flight part of your nervous system that triggers too easily. There are supplements that can help but lab testing would be best first. See www.neurorelief.com for neurotransmitter testing which can lead to recommendations. Peace and good health. How is your diet and exercise level? ...Read more
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Hyperventilation syndrome - how serious is this? I just realized this is what I have and i've had panic disorder and stress for years. Is there a cure
Rebreathing: Hyperventilation decreases the carbon dioxide in the blood. Carbon dioxide us the main determinate of cerebral blood flow. Too much hyperventilation can make one dizzy or even pass out. This is what happens when a new smoker tries to keep a pipe lit - he feels " green ". ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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