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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?

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 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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What can cause sudden nocturnal panic attacks?

What can cause sudden nocturnal panic attacks?

Start by seeing your: family doc. He/she make order some neurological or sleep studies. After you know what is happening, a mental health professional can help. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a sleeping disorder or just get nocturnal panic attacks?

Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a sleeping disorder or just get nocturnal panic attacks?

The best way: to determine the cause of your symptoms is through consult with a sleep medicine specialist and a sleep study (polysomnogram). Take care. ...Read more

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What is the difference between nocturnal panic attacks and sleep apnea?

What is the difference between nocturnal panic attacks and sleep apnea?

Different problems: Sleep apnea is a breathing-related sleep disorder involving brief periods that a person stops breathing while sleeping. This triggers an alarm system in the brain to wake the person up so he/she will start breathing again. Nocturnal panic attacks are discrete periods involving extreme anxiety associated with physiological changes in heart rate, breathing, sweating, etc. That occur at night. ...Read more

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How do doctors determine if it's nocturnal panic attacks or sleep apnea?

How do doctors determine if it's nocturnal panic attacks or sleep apnea?

Big difference: A panic attack is a violent and unreasoning anxiety and fear. Sleep apnea is when you stop breathing in your sleep. You may experience daytime sleepiness, memory problems and lack of concentration. Snoring and high blood pressure are frequently associated with sleep apnea. You will frequently wake up at least 3-4 times per night and may experience insomnia. ...Read more

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How to deal with nocturnal panic attacks? I wake up with my heart racing and feel as if I was going to have a heart attack.

Professional help: Your symptoms are severe and might affect your wellbeing and your functioning during the day. There are multiple approaches to treat panic attacks. I suggest you look for a Mental Health group to get a thorough evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What causes panic attacks at night?

What causes panic attacks at night?

Panic: One theory is that late in the day when you are less physically active while your brain is still producing adrenaline (anxiety chemical), you can be more prone to get anxious, plus it coincides with the time when people normally are thinking about the events of the day instead of distracting themselves with physical activity. ...Read more

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I have panic attacks that wake me up at night, what can I do to treat them?

Panic at nite: Best to talk to your doctor about medications at night to block the attacks, also cognitive behavior therapy helps. ...Read more

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I am chronically anxious all the time and at night have panic attacks and my body feels motionless and weak I'm 18 how will this effect health?

Physical exam: stress, tension, anxiety, panic, etc. can all influence the body's immune systems. I would advise a comprehensive physical exam and lab testing, especially thyroid testing for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Scared of having seizures at night. Giving me panic attacks. I'm not epileptic.

Scared of having seizures at night. Giving me panic attacks. I'm not epileptic.

Seizures: If you are not epileptic, then you don't have seizures. You may be talking about panic attacks that are sometimes mistaken for seizures. Your panic disorder needs to be addressed appropriately. ...Read more

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Having panic attacks at night while trying to sleep. I do have CPRS and is living with chronic pain. Is It normal to have panic attacks with CPRS?

 Having  panic attacks at night while trying to sleep. I do have CPRS and is living with chronic pain.  Is It normal to have panic attacks with CPRS?

Probably, yes: There are recorded cases of CPRS causing depression and anxiety - so panic is not unlikely. It's a very challenging condition with some hope for remission, but with many who see it spread. It is not easy. Loss of sleep on top of the pain and fear, the anger and sadness can be overwhelming. Do try to find quality emotional support. You'll do better with it than without. Do whatever you can. Best! ...Read more

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I have anxiety. And panic attacks and i cant sleep good at night . What can i do to sleep better?

I have anxiety. And panic attacks and i cant sleep good at night . What can i do to sleep better?

Start with medical &: psychiatric eval.Sleep Hygiene is Key. Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, > ...Read more

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I was completely fine until suddenly i started to suffer from frequent panic attacks, nightmares and waking up several times at night. Brain tumor?

I was completely fine until suddenly i started to suffer from frequent panic attacks, nightmares and waking up several times at night. Brain tumor?

Not likely: I agree with dr. Wilson that brain tumor is an unlikely explanation for these symptoms, even though they alarm you. Of course it's always important to tell your doctor about any new symptoms, so that s/he can help you get to the bottom of them. Anxiety attacks are a much more likely cause, and psychiatrists & psychologists can help you find relief after a thorough assessment. Be well. ...Read more

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Get panic attacks while i'm asleep at night or in the afternoon. Sweating much,loss of breathe and reality confusion.how to control them without pills?

Get panic attacks while i'm asleep at night or in the afternoon. Sweating much,loss of breathe and reality confusion.how to control them without pills?

Breathe: Try breathing exercises s, keeping a worry journal/diary. When you wake up at night, sit back, close your eyes ad take a few deep breaths. Also, I would recommend a therapist or a counsellor to help you get through this. Good luck. ...Read more

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If you sleep 5 hours only at night because of anxiety and panic attacks are you risk for much serious problem?Normal 2decho, ecg, stress test, endoscopy

If you sleep 5 hours only at night because of anxiety and panic attacks are you risk for much serious problem?Normal 2decho, ecg, stress test, endoscopy

Sometimes : About 60 million americans experience chronic sleep deprivation. There are several long term health consequences associated with serious sleep deprivation, including increased risk for hypertension, diabetes, weight gain, depression, and accidents. Have you tried reading literature on diet, exercise, sleep hygiene, meditation, etc., for your anxiety and sleep? Good luck! ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and SVTs, which wake me up at night and sometimes result in panic attacks. Is it safe to take ativan (lorazepam) to help ca?

I have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and SVTs, which wake me up at night and sometimes result in panic attacks. Is it safe to take ativan (lorazepam) to help ca?

Prior to sedative: You do not indicate whether you have C-PAP device or instead a dental splint, but you should use one or other to control the Sleep Apnea, which could trigger the SVT. Once breathing is stabilized, would not be reluctant to allow a drug like Ativan (lorazepam) at bedtime. ...Read more

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