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Can anxiety come out of no where I have constant panic attacks for a year now I'm not thinking or doing anything at the time, it just happens?

Can anxiety come out of no where I have constant panic attacks for a year now I'm not thinking or doing anything at the time, it just happens?

Yes: That is common with panic attacks. They typically come on suddenly and for no real reason. I would discuss your symptoms with your physician. ...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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Hello, I was 150mg of Zoloft for over a decade for an anxiety disorder and it worked well for me. Last year I went down to 50mg and have been having lots of near panic attacks lately. There seems to be no trigger either. It's happening multiple times e

Hello, I was 150mg of Zoloft for over a decade for an anxiety disorder and it worked well for me. Last year I went down to 50mg and have been having lots of near panic attacks lately. There seems to be no trigger either. It's happening multiple times e

Physical?: This is challenging but workable both medically and psychologically. If one rules out abnormal blood tests with attention to thyroid, liver, and blood counts, then consider several options for alleviating anxiety and near panic. Charting times, environment, activity, thoughts and feelings for a week, and/or doing brief breathing or relaxation techniques 2x/day, and weekly therapy to start. ...Read more

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Toke metilfenidate for 1 wk 1 year ago. My life changed. Panic attacks, fear, stress, depression. I'm not the same. Tried everything for mind. Wat2do?

Toke metilfenidate for 1 wk 1 year ago. My life changed. Panic attacks, fear, stress, depression. I'm not the same. Tried everything for mind. Wat2do?

Seek help: Methylphenidate can certain increase anxiety is some people, but a one-week trial should not have permanent effects of the type you're describing. Find a psychiatrist who will listen to your story and suggest ways of getting out of the hole you're in. There is help out there. ...Read more

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Having panic attacks that wake me up every time I doze off. What is wrong with me?

Hormone dysfunction: Most likely you are suffering from some form of medical condition, such as a hormonal imbalance (ie adrenal or thyroid gland dysfunction). Psychiatric conditions such as panic disorder, depression and anxiety can also effect your sleep, so those need to be ruled out as well, however, these conditions and their symptoms don't usually just occur when dozing off. Consult your doctor. ...Read more

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I've had panic attacks for years. Lately they have been occurring every day. How can I have less of them. They are getting hard to deal with?

I've had panic attacks for years. Lately they have been occurring every day. How can I have less of them. They are getting hard to deal with?

Work w therapist: Rule out physical causes first. Then, seek help from a psychologist, SW or counselor. There are many effective treatments to help w panic attacks. Diaphragmatic breathing, relaxation techniques and medication may help as well as other coping tools. By catching anxiety at low levels, it's easier to turn it around before it gets to the level of a panic attack. ...Read more

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How can I stop the panic attacks that come every time I go to the gynecologist?

See a psychiatrist: It is important to understand why you have this response. Seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist to explore your reaction and receive treatment to deal with it would be worthwhile to eliminate this disturbing symptom. ...Read more

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Can panic attacks occur multiple times a night every night, don't respond to ativan, (lorazepam) can't be controlled by breathing and reach hr of 180bpm? Daytime

Possible, but...: As you probably already know, this is not the classical picture for panic attacks. On the other hand, it is possible that the symptoms you describe are panic attacks.
I would suggest looking for other causes though - such as thyroid, other endocrine, or other medical disorders. Also, a large number of medications and 'recreational' drugs could contribute to anxiety/panic symptoms. ...Read more

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How can I help my pregnant wife with her panic attacks and anxiety she reads into everything online and believes the worst case situation and thinks she is going to die or go crazy every time she has a panic attack and she has 3-4 a day

How can I help my pregnant wife with her panic attacks and anxiety she reads into everything online and believes the worst case situation and thinks she is going to die or go crazy every time she has a panic attack and she has 3-4 a day

Having: Having three to four panic attacks per day is a high frequency. If is not uncommon for someone experiencing a pain attack to believe that they are going crazy or that they are going to die. Panic attacks do not kill people, but with that said, she must be feeling miserable. Please encourage her to see a psychiatrist and / or a clinical psychologist. There are helpful treatments that do not involve use of psychiatric medications such as cognitive behavioral therapy, deep breathing exercises and progressive muscle relaxation. However, with the described frequency and intensity of her panic attacks, she may need to consider taking medication. It is always the woman's choice if she elects to take medication and it should be discussed with both her obstetrician and her psychiatrist. ...Read more

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I've had panic disorder daily for 10years. Recently went on Strattera for my adhd and all my panic attacks 100% gone first time in 10 years? How? Why?

I've had panic disorder daily for 10years. Recently went on Strattera for my adhd and all my panic attacks 100% gone first time in 10 years? How? Why?

Discoveries: About the effectiveness of medications are sometimes a surprise. When researching antidepressants it was found that they help some folks w/OCD for example. Please report your experience to your doc. Enjoy your new found freedom. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have had several panic attacks in the last few weeks and chronic anxiety. I get post nasal drip after every time I eat.

I have had several panic attacks in the last few weeks and chronic anxiety. I get post nasal drip after every time I eat.

Gerd: Sounds like Gastroesophageal reflux disease. You could try a pharmacy OTC med like Pepcid per label directions.
OTC nasal spray -Flonase allergy spray maybe helpful.
For definitive treatment a medical consult on Healthtap or to a local doctor in your area would be useful. ...Read more

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Stopping ssri n I keep getting panic attacks! Every time I get one I think I'm having a stroke or heart attack. How do I convince myself I'm ok?

Stopping ssri n I keep getting panic attacks! Every time I get one I think I'm having a stroke or heart attack. How do I convince myself I'm ok?

SSRI: This is serious. You cannot manage yourself without the help of your psychiatrist in order to avoid important side effects or insorgence of new symptoms. ...Read more

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I have panic attacks and faint every time I'm hurt (sprained ankle, thrown out back, etc) (vasovagal syncope?) 50mgzoloft helped; what else can I do?

Therapy and Meds: Zoloft (sertraline) is a very appropriate medication to help with panic attacks. Since you have received benefit from 50mg consider talking with your prescribing provider about increasing the dose to get more help, as long as you are tolerating the medication. In addition, it would be helpful to start seeing a therapist to discuss better ways of coping with your anxiety. Monitor your overall health as well. ...Read more

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Can asthma cause tension headache, anxiety and panic attacks at the same time? And what is the connection to food allergy? "chocolate cause headache"

Can asthma cause tension headache, anxiety and panic attacks at the same time? And what is the connection to food allergy? "chocolate cause headache"

Asthma symptoms: If asthma is not controlled and you continue to have difficulty breathing, it is a yes. Not able to breath well can cause anxiety, heart race or panic attack, and headache. Most of the time asthma is related to environmental allergies in the us. Having one allergic disease give to a risk of getting another one including food allergy. Chocolate, tea, coffee contain caffeine ; can cause headache. ...Read more

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I have panic attacks often. It feels like im dying. Got a full medical workup last year. How can I tell from panic attack or something serious?

If your doc: Has ruled out a medical condition please see a mental health professional who treats panic attacks. This is a treatable condition and there are lots of strategies available to help you. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Been on Kpin 0.5mg for a year and a half. I think I've developed tolerance because I get sudden panic attacks. Don't want to up dose. What to do?

Been on Kpin 0.5mg for a year and a half. I think I've developed tolerance because I get sudden panic attacks. Don't want to up dose. What to do?

Panic: You didn't mention if you were on other meds for anxiety. I suggest an SSRI and perhaps therapy. Klonopin does have lots of tolerance and addictive potential. Exercise, meditation and positive reinforcement are also helpful. Seek help from your doctor and a therapist. ...Read more

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Can panic attacks suddenly go away away & not return? I've had panic attacks for about a year, and haven't had one for almost 2 weeks. Is this normal?

It's possible: Panic attacks are part of many psychiatric disorders; major depression, panic disorder, specific phobias and drug abuse etc. Once the disorder is treated the panic attacks will stop. Panic disorder has a course of periods without panic attacks even without treatment for years with chances of coming back. Enjoy the time without panic:). ...Read more

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It it wierd for a 13 year old to have panic attacks about dying without achieving anything?

It it wierd for a 13 year old to have panic attacks about dying without achieving anything?

It depends...: It is developmentally normal for teenagers to have anxiety, sometimes pronounced about establishing their identity and life goals. It is not normal for this anxiety to be an ongoing, incapacitating problem. If this adolescent is struggling as a result of the anxiety, he may be a good candidate for therapy like cbt or medications like ssris. ...Read more

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I've been dating my boyfriend for a little over a year. I find myself everyday worrying about his well being. To the point of panic attacks. Help?

Stay calm.: It is difficult not to worry about someone when you care about the person; however, it shouldn't affect your health and wellbeing. Does he suffer from a serious medical condition or other health issue? Perhaps you could discuss it with him or get his permission to speak with his doctor. You should try to trust his health professionals and seek your own peace of mind. ...Read more

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What are the best coping skills for anxiety.? Had over a year anxiety now and still having panic attacks and setbacks. Always thinking I die everytime

What are the best coping skills for anxiety.? Had over a year anxiety now and still having panic attacks and setbacks. Always thinking I die everytime

Breath work mindful: Skills like deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and mindfulness help. Like any other skill these have to practiced regularly including when you are not having anxiety and panic for them to work well. I highly recommend seeing a psychologist to help you find skills tailored to your particular needs. Understand the reasons for your anxiety to find long-term solutions. Therapy will help. ...Read more

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Because of my anxiety and panic attacks I haven't been able to live my life in over a year. I constantly feel out of it and like I'm about to die.?

Panic attacks: Often cause people to feel as if they're dying. People go to the ER fearing they're having a heart attack. Hope you're seeing a therapist and a good psychiatrist for management of the symptoms and coping tools. Medication can be of great benefit. Best thing to do in a PA is lie down and tell yourself you've had these before and it will end. Wait for the fight/flight reaction to pass. ...Read more

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I am on celexa (citalopram) 20 mg since 2009 and my panic attacks are going down, 3-4 in the last year. Should I consider slowly stopping the medication?

I am on celexa (citalopram) 20 mg since 2009 and my panic attacks are going down, 3-4 in the last year. Should I consider slowly stopping the medication?

Yes: You have been on it for a long time and if your symptoms are better you should definitely consider tapering off it. Talk to your doctor to discuss best way to do this. Take care! ...Read more

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Is it ok to be on Zoloft (sertraline) long term? I've been on Zoloft (sertraline) for almost a year now. It's helped alot w/ my severe panic attacks so I don't wanna get off it.?

Zoloft (sertraline): Seems to be doing the trick. Unless you plan on becoming pregnant on your current meds I see no reason for making a change (other than completely coming of Xanax (alprazolam) under the supervision of your psychiatrist). ...Read more

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What is the chance of relapse of panic attacks after taking 50mg sertraline for 1.5 years in a 17 year old?

What is the chance of relapse of panic attacks after taking 50mg sertraline for 1.5 years in a 17 year old?

Depends: Panic disorder is generally long-standing, with a genetic factor and may recur over time. If stopping med, suggest bolstering coping skills by working with a mental health professional to minimize relapse. Variables such as stress, social support and understanding how to handle one's anxiety will effect recurrence. See: https://secure02.kidshealth. Org/teen/your_mind/mental_health/anxiety. Html? Tracking=T_RelatedArticle# I hope this helps. All the best. ...Read more

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I've been having panick attacks for 4 years now, have never been diagnosed, never went to a doctor for that reason. I was able to manage panic attacks last year, but after this summer (I experienced loss of loved ones) a week ago it was last drop?

Panic: Can be managed to some degree, as can other physical and emotional challenges. At some point the need for professional help becomes apparent. Please see a mental health pro such as a clinical psychologist to learn ways to manage your panic effectively. Lots of reason to hope. Peace and good health. ...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