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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?

During a pain attack: Heart rate can increase 8 - 20 beats per minute above your normal rate. So it depends on what your normal heart rate is. It is very frightening and people describe it as feeling like having a heart attack ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
1,188 Doctors shared insights

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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What's a panic attack?

What's 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?

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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What helps with panic attack?

Aborting panic: If you can find a quiet place - do so. Breath in slowly & deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to. If you haven't been assessed for your panic/ anxiety - that would be prudent. Take care. ...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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How can you cure a panic attack?

How can you cure a panic attack?

Learn To Manage?: Panic is fueled by oxygen. When panicking u r getting too much! So try 2slow ur breathing! Better yet, 2keep more carbon dioxide in ur system: cup ur hands & breathe in/out thru them. Do learn about panic. Some self-help strategies: http://bit. Ly/xjnhyf psychoeducation & cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) can help u learn 2manage & even overcome panic & anxiety. Impt: see ur pcp 4physical workup. ...Read more

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Can I experience a panic attack?

Possibly- what are: The symptoms? 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 >. ...Read more

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Can levimir cause panic attacks?

Unlikely: Levemir (insulin detemir) a long acting basal Insulin does not have know side effects of inducing panel attacks directly. Panic attacks can be 2ndary from overwhelming emotional response that's been triggered. ...Read more

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How can you stop a panic attack?

Try The Opposite!: If u feel panic attack coming on or if u're in situation that might bring one on, try this: let it come! Actually let it happen! So if u feel one coming on tell urself "i can handle it -even though it won't feel good! " and before one comes or while it's happening 1) do slow "belly breathing"; & 2) alternate between squeezing & relaxing different muscle groups. U'll learn u have control over them! ...Read more

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How can I treat my panic attacks?

How can I treat my panic attacks?

Regular: Routine aerobic exercise combined with mild to moderate weight lifting 2-3 times per week, for 30min to 1hr. Intensity: each time until shirt is dripping with sweat. Also yoga is excellent and so is Tai Chi. Meditation or mindfulness training. If that is not enough, see your primary care physician to rule out any medical cause and if none, refer you to a psychiatrist or therapist. Take care ...Read more

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I might be having a panic attack?

Panic attack: A panic attack is a severe attack of anxiety and fear which occurs suddenly, often without warning, and for no apparent reason. The symptoms mainly occur because of an overdrive of nervous impulses from the brain to various parts of the body during a attack. To ease a panic attack, or to prevent one from becoming worse, breathe as slowly and as deeply as you can. See Gp if you have repeated attack ...Read more

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What to do during a panic attack?

Bring it on ; then..: If u feel panic attack coming on or if u're in situation that might bring one on, try this: let it come! Actually let it happen! So if u feel one coming on tell urself "i can handle it -even though it won't feel good! " and before one comes or while it's happening 1) do slow "belly breathing"; ; 2) alternate between squeezing ; relaxing different muscle groups. U'll learn u have control over them! ...Read more

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What can I do about panic attacks?

Panicattackself help: Believe in yourself and your Achievements of 35 years of your life.
Believe in Healing Powers of your Body and Mind.
Believe that intense fear will pass or it will be less. Intense.
Be committed to see a Psychiatrist for:
• Therapy
• Medication
• Breathing Relaxation
• Take Medication as prescribed
• Do not use Alcohol while on Medication ...Read more

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What to do about my panic attacks?

Panic Attacks: Talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Medications may be indicated. Try qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program, deep breathing exercises or progressive muscle >. ...Read more

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How can I deal with panic attacks?

How can I deal with panic attacks?

Knowledge = Power!: Learn about anxiety + ; anxiety/panic "attacks" so u can learn 2 manage them! "panic attacks tend 2 start quickly ; reach a peak within 10 mins. The peak generally lasts 4 about 5 to 10 minutes before the symptoms start 2 settle. However, it can take quite some time for all the symptoms to subside." source=pg on panic disorder by anxiety disorders assn' of british columbia (http://bit. Ly/pylkom). ...Read more

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Can a panic attack last for hours?

Can a panic attack last for hours?

It may: Anxiety and panic disorders can be very serious at times. Certainly, a panic attack may occur and symptoms can last for hours, but the norm is less in duration. If your anxiety is worsening, best to see a doctor for an evaluation as there are several medications, along with therapy that can be very helpful. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hi, how do I treat a panic attack?

Many choices: Keep a log to see what triggers your attacks: people, events, health issues? Panic attacks usually do not last very long. Try focusing on simple thought, like "I am OK, this will pass". Panic usually causes rapid shallow breathing and increased heart rate. Try taking slow even breaths, in through nose, out through pursed lips. If attacks become worse, make appt with psychologist for CBT. ...Read more

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How long does a panic attack lasts?

Panic attacks: Varies, but usually 5-30 minutes.

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What can be done for panic attacks?

What can be done for panic attacks?

A LOT!!!: There are many treatments for panic attacks but first you need a really thorough evaluation to determine that this is truly what the diagnosis is. Then you can get therapy if the symptoms are mild and therapy and medications if severe. Antidepressants like prozac, paxil, (paroxetine) and zoloft have been used. Also the benzodiazepine class of medications like xanax. Talk to your physician for help and guidance. ...Read more

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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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How do you deal with a panic attack?

Meditation: Find a quiet place where you can be undisturbed for 5-20 minutes. Close your eyes and take slow deep breaths, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. "hyper-focus" on listening to the sounds of your breaths, visualizing the air molecules entering and leaving your lungs. Practice this daily (or more frequently if necessary) for improving mental clarity and decreasing stress. ...Read more

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What to do for panic attacks in men?

What to do for panic attacks in men?

Same treatment as: For women. You may want to meet with a therapist who specializes in anxiety and panic attacks. Cognitive behavioral treatment is very successdul sometimes with some added insight oriented treatment to understand some of the causal factors.. ...Read more

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How do I stop getting panic attacks?

Age old question. .: Good morning. Unfortunately, the answer to your question is not that simple, because there are many causes/triggers for panic attacks (genetics, environment. . . work, family, financial situations. .) Therapy/biofeedback may help you deal better with situational causes--over time. Medications may be necessary given the severity. There are self-help books, exercise. No one treatment helps everyone ...Read more

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How do I know I have a panic attack?

Peak of anxiety: Panic attacks are a sudden surge of fear that last 10 to 30 minutes. Typical symptoms are: difficulty breathing; sweating; chest pain; unsteadiness, dizziness; feelings of unreality; trembling or shaking; tingling or numbness; nausea or abdominal distress; palpitations or tachycardia; choking, smothering sensations; hot flashes or cold chills; fear of dying; fear of going crazy or losing control. ...Read more

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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