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Dr. Alan Ali
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Panic Attack (Overview)

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder in which someone has repeated attacks of intense fear that something bad will occur when not expected. The person lives in fear that another attack will occur.


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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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Dr. Alan Ali
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Panic Attack (Overview)

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder in which someone has repeated attacks of intense fear that something bad will occur when not expected. The person lives in fear that another attack will occur.


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Whats a panic attack?

Whats a panic attack?

DSM IV defintion: A discrete period of intense fear or discomfort, in which four (or more) of the following symptoms developed abruptly and reached a peak within 10 minutes: 1) palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate 2) sweating 3) trembling or shaking 4) sensations of shortness of breath or smothering 5) feeling of choking 6) chest pain or discomfort (cont. On comments). ...Read more

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What are panic attacks?

A/W Dr. Jacobson.: Panic attacks may develop rapidly w sxs of: anxiety; rapid, pounding heart beat; chest tightness/pain; shortness of breath w hyperventilation; hot or cold flashes; sense of butterflies in stomach, nausea or vomiting; tingling of mouth or extremities; ^ sweating; feeling faint or lightheaded; headache or shaking, difficulty swallowing or tight throat; a sense that you aren't real or that the. ...Read more

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What is a panic attack? 

What is a panic attack? 

Panic: Sudden onset of apprehension and fear, accompanied by physical symptom as sweating, dizziness, heart racing, rapid breathing, sense of urgency, etc. No clear trigger can be identified. ...Read more

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What cause panic attack?

What cause panic attack?

Interpretation: Your interpretation of the situation your are in as well as the symptoms you are feeling can lead to a panic attack. Breathing changes are also a factor. ...Read more

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Resolved. Panic attack

Glad to hear it.: Do you have many panic attacks? If yes consider the following. Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive Behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises & meditation. Don't isolate. ...Read more

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What causes panic attacks?

What causes panic attacks?

Physiology of Panic: When ur brain senses danger (even when there's none) its fear & rage centers go into overdrive preparing ur body 2run or 2fight. The centers get u 2breathe fast because ur body needs lots of oxygen.(o2) 4 running/fighting. But if u get too much o2 in relation 2carbon dioxide (co2) u experience sensations of panic. To chase away panic:, take slow, shallow breaths. Cup ur hands & breathe thru them. ...Read more

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How to cure panic attacks?

How to cure panic  attacks?

Panic: Attacks can be brought under control & the anxiety into recovery stage, with cognitive behavior therapy, life style changes, and medications for symptomatic control. ...Read more

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What causes a panic attack?

What causes a panic attack?

Panic: Etiology is biopsychosocial, which means genetics (bio) & predisposition due to personality makeup (psycho) & in relation to experiencing exposure to traumas or fearful situations (social). It is hypersensitivity of the alarm system in our brain (fight-flight mechanismor thermostat) which goes haywire during attack & produces excess adrenaline which makes us panic. ...Read more

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How do I stop panic attacks?

Several ways : Panic attacks can be just that-panic attacks. Or it could be issues with heart irregularities, mitral valve insufficiency for instance. When do they occur & under what circumstances, or are they random?Does exercise trigger them? Are they associated with any medication you may be taking, adhd meds for instance? Answering these questions with your physician will then determine correct treatment. ...Read more

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Are panic attacks permanent?

Not necessarily: They should resolve with proper treatment. A combination of medication and cognitive behavior therapy has the best outcome. ...Read more

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What to do in panic attacks?

In a panic moment . : It is best to sit down, relax, do relaxing breathing. Think calm thoughts and say to yourself this too will pass. When the panic is over, try to find the trigger, work with your counselor to reduce the power of the trigger or avoid the trigger. ...Read more

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What is a panic attack like?

Panic attacks often: Last 2 to 10 mins. Sx’s can include: sense of severe anxiety or panic, chest tightness or pain, rapid or pounding heartbeat, areas of numbness or pins ; needles type sensation, hot flashes or chills ; heavy perspiration. There may be a tickle sensation in the stomach or nausea, feeling dizzy or faint ; physical shaking. The person may fear that they are going crazy, they are out of control or that. ...Read more

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Tell me about panic attacks?

A panic attack is : due to anxiety. Panic attacks sxs: Anxiety; rapid, pounding heart; chest tightness/pain; shortness of breath w hyperventilation; hot /cold flashes; butterflies in stomach, nausea or vomiting; tingling of mouth or extremities; ^ sweating; feeling faint or lightheaded; headache or shaking, difficulty swallowing or tight throat; they usually peak w/i 10 mins. Anxiety symptoms can include feeling ...Read more

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How do i stop panic attacks?

CBT + Medicatiion: Panic disorder is a form of anxiety disorder . The most effective treatment is psychotherapy , ps, particularly cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Medications that treat anxiety such as the SSRI ( For example Prozac , lexapro , Zoloft) can be effective as well . Reports in the literature suggest that the combination of meds + therapy has the greatest benefit both short and long term . Good luck ...Read more

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How can I cure a panic attack?

How can I cure a panic attack?

Panic: The two kinds of treatments are medication and talk therapy. There are also physical causes for panic attacks, and a good dr should be able to perform some tests to determine if there is a physical cause. You should avoid benzodiazepines like Valium and Xanax (alprazolam) as they are habit forming. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Do panic attacks ever go away?

Yes : Nature is recurrence and can be chronic, but if u learn some triggers for it, and how to cope with it, u will be able to tolerate some symptoms of anxiety without having it take control over you. ...Read more

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Do panic attacks stay forever ?

Not necessarily : They can resolve with proper treatment. Medication plus cognitive behavioral therapy to identify and modify the cause of the panic attacks. ...Read more

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How do I control panic attacks?

See the link below: Panic attacks treatment (diy) - therapy www.Selftherapy.Org/panic-attacks-treatment.Php free transcript describes a self treatment for panic attacks and other anxiety disorders. ...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