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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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Is there a hotline or helpline number someone can call when having a panic attack?

Hotline: At your local mental health center there are counselors on call that can provide support and guidance, otherwise a supportive family member can come handy. ...Read more

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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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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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Panic Attack (Definition)

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 ...Read more