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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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Y do panic attacks make you feel numb n out of body?

Y do panic attacks make you feel numb n out of body?

Panic attacks: Can make you feel numb and out of body, plus many other things. It could be that or a desire to avoid the present ups and downs of life. A clinical psychologist or your doc can help. Peace and good health. ...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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Are panic attacks permanent?

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?

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 are the symptoms of panic attacks?

Panic Attacks.: Panic attacks can develop rapidly ; include: marked anxiety; rapid, pounding heart beat; chest tightness or pain; shortness of breath with hyperventilation; hot or cold flashes; a sense of butterflies in the stomach, nausea or even vomiting; tingling of mouth or extremities; increased sweating; feeling faint or lightheaded; headache or shaking. There may be difficulty swallowing or tight throat;. ...Read more

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Are all the causes of panic attacks real?

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Panic attacks: Etiology of panic attacks can be real or perceived threat to safety, whether it is actual scary encounter such as sudden exposure to feared object or event, or it can be an event that triggers fears from past exposure (flashbacks) that trigger our alarm system to react with panic. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have panic attacks?

Is it possible that I have panic attacks?

Panic: Sense of impending doom, tense muscles, heart racing, sweating, GI upset, fast breathing, sense of urgency, fear of dying or going crazy, headache, chest tightness, blurred vision, numbness & tingling, with symptoms lasting few minutes to 1/4 hour. ...Read more

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List of all the triggers of panic attacks?

2 many 2 list: Typically situations where pt feels out of control or unable 2 escape--malls restaurants middle seat in church theater class bridges elevators planes etc. ...Read more

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What are signs or symptoms of panic attacks?

Sxs: Panic attacks are usually brief. They often last a couple of minutes to around ten minutes. Symptoms can include a sense of severe anxiety or panic as well as chest tightness or pain and a rapid or pounding heartbeat. A person can experience hot flashes or chills and perspire heavily. There may be a sense of a tickle sensation in the stomach or nausea. When a person has a panic attack they. ...Read more

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What are the causes of random panic attacks?

MOST PROBABLY...: Assuming no physical basis for them, there is probably a common underlying cause connecting them. One finds out about that sort of thing in psychotherapy - and when you find out, you can change/stop them. Meds help initially, but seeing the source is key to fixing things. ...Read more

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How to have panic attacks and still be okey?

How to have panic attacks and still be okey?

People who have: Panic attacks are ok but often fear dying or some other catastrophic event. The fear of another panic attack becomes the real issue. Some therapists will even prescribe panic attacks to help the person see that they are ok and that the attacks are self-limiting. Please see a psychologist for support. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Hiw would I know that its just panic attacks?

Hiw would I know that its just panic attacks?

Taking Care of You: You wouldn't want 2diagnose yourself & take the chance of missing something important. Think about it: even doctors see their doctors 4medical care! Feelings of anxiety & panic can be indicators of physical conditions. Likewise, they may reflect mental health conditions other than panic attacks. So #1 get doc 2 rule out physical health issues then #2 get diagnostic psychiatric/psychological eval. ...Read more

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How are panic attacks and panic disorders treated?

Panic Attacks: Can be treated with psychotherapy & /or psychiatric medications. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) & behavior therapy can be effective. Medications such as SSRI's or SNRI's may be used. Benzodizapines are sometimes used as well. ...Read more

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How would I know if I am only having panic attacks?

Panic attacks.: Panic attacks can develop rapidly and can include: marked anxiety; rapid, pounding heart beat; chest tightness or pain; shortness of breath with hyperventilation; hot or cold flashes; a sense of butterflies in the stomach, nausea or even vomiting; tingling of mouth or extremities; increased sweating; feeling faint or lightheaded; headache or shaking. See below>>>>. ...Read more

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Are benzo's the only legitimate way to truly eliminate horrendous panic attacks? Thanks!

Are benzo's the only legitimate way to truly eliminate horrendous panic attacks? Thanks!

NO: Benzodiazepines are good for quick relief but long term use is not recommended. Antidepressants offer more sustained reduction of anxiety & panic. Consult a psychiatrist for proper diagnosis & medication treatment. Therapy is powerful in addressing anxiety & panic including developement of anxiety management strategies for life-long control that eventually could eliminate need for medicin. ...Read more

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Can't sleep and panic attacks?

Can't sleep and panic attacks?

Seek medical care: But in the mean time here are some tips. Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, >. ...Read more

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Can stress cause panic attacks?

Can stress cause panic attacks?

Stress: Can make any condition worse. So yes, it can trigger panic attacks. We all get stressed but do not all have panic attacks. Please see a mental health professional to learn ways to manage stress and panic. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How can I prevent panic attacks?

Phobias: Cognitive behavior therapy with a trained counselor/therapist can help. Also behavior modification using exposure-response prevention-desensitization technique is helpful. Meditation & imagery work is also of help. Discuss all such options with the therapist. Medications are last resort. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for panic attacks?

Is there a cure for panic attacks?

Cure no, help yes: Learning to face and deal with your anxiety and panic attacks is the key to success, meditation, biofeedback, neutofeedback, yoga, hypnosis and medication all could be beneficial. ...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