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Nocturnal Panic Attacks
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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