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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Panic Disorder (Overview)

Panic disorder includes recurrent and unexpected panic attacks accompanied by fear of having additional panic attacks. Common symptoms of a panic attack can include increased heart rate, sweating, difficulty breathing, rapid thoughts of dying, and dizziness.


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What is the technical definition of panic disorder please?

What is the technical definition of panic disorder please?

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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
670 Doctors shared insights

Panic Disorder (Overview)

Panic disorder includes recurrent and unexpected panic attacks accompanied by fear of having additional panic attacks. Common symptoms of a panic attack can include increased heart rate, sweating, difficulty breathing, rapid thoughts of dying, and dizziness.


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How long does a single panic disorder typically last?

How long does a single panic disorder typically last?

Panic: Usually few minutes up to half hour, depending on trigger and what medications you take and cause. ...Read more

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Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Checklist)

See a psychiatrist
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Engage in cognitive behavioral therapy
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Make sure your OCD is not a possible side effect of any of your medications
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I feel faint having palpitations all morning which make me feel real jittery is this a symptom of panic disorder?

I feel faint having palpitations all morning which make me feel real jittery is this a symptom of panic disorder?

Your symptoms: May be due to panic disorder but first get yourself checked out by doc to rule out cardiac conditions. Next see mental health professional for panic disorder treatment as mentioned in your history. It is very treatable. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What are typical symptoms of panic disorder?

What are typical symptoms of panic disorder?

Panic attack: Sudden intense anxiety or apprehension accompanied by sense of impending doom and other hyper arousal symptoms, either due to medical causes or part of panic disorder. ...Read more

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Overcoming Seasonal Affective Disorder (Checklist)

Buy a white light box, and use it daily
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Stick to a strict sleep schedule
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Keep a regular schedule
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Keep in touch with your friends and family members
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Don? T understand signs and symptoms of panic disorder?

Don? T understand signs and symptoms of panic disorder?

Panic: Panic attacks in panic disorder typically begin all of a sudden and out of the blue, symptoms usually peak within 10 minutes. Symptoms may include fear of loss of control /death, rapid heart rate, chest pain, sweating, tremor, shortness of breath, chills/hot flashes. Nausea, headache, faintness, tightness in throat & difficulty swallowing. ...Read more

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46 male. Gad/panic disorder diagnosis. My pulse stays around 85-90 which is my resting pulse. My BP is 139/85. Normal blood work. Not anxiety?

46 male. Gad/panic disorder diagnosis. My pulse stays around 85-90 which is my resting pulse. My BP is 139/85. Normal blood work. Not anxiety?

Still could be: Your blood pressure and pulse do not rule out the possibility of having generalized anxiety and/or panic disorders. Your resting pulse and blood pressure are moderately elevated. Are you using any stimulants, either prescribed or otherwise? (amphetamines, caffeine, etc). Hoping you're being fully treated for your anxiety, and that you're also working with a good family physician. ...Read more

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Living with Manic Depressive Disorder (Checklist)

Keep a crisis list with doctor and family phone numbers
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I show most if not all symptoms for panic disorder, do I still need to go get diagnosed or is a self diagnostic good enough?

I show most if not all symptoms for panic disorder, do I still need to go get diagnosed or is a self diagnostic good enough?

Get diagnosed.: Self-diagnosis has its limitations - even for doctors. There's a saying, "a doctor who treats herself has a fool for a patient! "

because there are other conditions that can mimic panic disorder (high thyoid levels woud be one), it would be wise to talk with your doctor, get a diagnosis and make a plan of treatment. But your own assessment will be helpful. Good luck. ...Read more

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Parenting a Child with a Learning Disorder (Checklist)

Request a full psychological evaluation for your child
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Make sure that your child's evaluations are updated
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Meet with a psychologist
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If applicable, join a special education organization for parents
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What's risk of death with ep study 4 posible svt? Risk of complications? Have panic disorder and terrified that I can't lie still and will have panic attack during the test.

What's risk of death with ep study 4 posible svt? Risk of complications? Have panic disorder and terrified that I can't lie still and will have panic attack during the test.

Risk is low: Risk is very low for any significant complication...<3% for bleeding or infection. Actual risk best obtained from electrophysiologist performing procedure. Sedation is given during the procedure.... ...Read more

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Do the tests for panic disorders work ok?

Do the tests for panic disorders work ok?

Not sure what u mean: No tests I know of--dx made by history & exclusion--if you give sodium lactate i'v to a person who is predisposed you can cause them to have a panic attack. ...Read more

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Living with Borderline Personality Disorder (Checklist)

Go to cognitive therapy for supportive feedback
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Exercise to reduce stress and increase endorphins
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Avoid alcohol to reduce anxiety and depression
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How do I know if I have panic disorder?

How do I know if I have panic disorder?

You may have PD if U: 1) experience frequent, unexpected panic attacks that aren’t tied to a specific situation. 2) worry a lot about having another panic attack. 3) are behaving differently because of the panic attacks, such as avoiding places where u’ve previously panicked. Still, even if u don't meet the specific criteria for pd, u deserve to feel better about ur symptoms! Consult w/ ur dr. Or a therapist. Gl! ...Read more

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Living with Bipolar Disorder (Checklist)

Take your medications
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Balance work and play
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Know your limits
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Visit your doctors regularly
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Any advice? I have been having panic attacks frequently. Does this mean I have a panic disorder?

Frequent panic: Frequent panic attacks usually are a symptom of panic disorder. Treatment for panic attacks and panic disorder usually involves medication and/or cognitive-behavior therapy. ...Read more

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Is amitriptyline a good medicine to treat panic disorder I was prescribed that and protonix (pantoprazole) yesterday and I'm not sure its going to work?

Not common choices: For Panic Disorder, those medications are not usually prescribed. They are for major depression and gastric acid problems respectively in most cases. Drugs are used 'off label' more and more, so this may be a new choice. Do take the opportunity to clarify w/ the Dr who prescribed. Don't simply ignore it and don't start it until you understand why, what to expect, etc. Take care, be well! ...Read more

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Managing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Checklist)

Find a therapist who specializes in PTSD
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Join a support group with others who are dealing with PTSD
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Consider eye movement desensitization and reprocessing as a form of treatment, and discuss it with a therapist
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Learn relaxation techniques that will help you when flashbacks occur
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What is the average time it would take to treat agoraphobia w/o panic disorder?

What is the average time it would take to treat agoraphobia w/o panic disorder?

Varies a lot: Typically people with agoraphobia are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, such as panic disorder. If you're avoiding only 1-2 specific situations, you might be diagnosed with a "specific phobia, " or "social phobia" if the avoidance is limited to social situations. These sorts of behavioral and anxiety problems are often improved within a few months, but there is a wide range among patients. ...Read more

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I'm being treated for extreme panic disorder. My pulse sometimes gets up to 185-200 could I die?

No: Thinking you'll die is one of the symptoms of panic disorder, and just makes the anxiety worse. You won't die, but you clearly need treatment. Fortunately, there is good treatment available. ...Read more

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Is smoking marijuana useful for treating panic disorder?

Is smoking marijuana useful for treating panic disorder?

No: Smoking marijuana is not useful for treating panic disorder. It may distort time and induce a temporary feeling of relaxation for some, but some also report a feeling of anxiety and paranoia when smoking. By its very nature, untreated panic disorder has attacks that come suddenly. Seems more sensible to be evaluated, learn ways to handle anxiety, and use prescription medications if needed. ...Read more

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What treatments for panic disorder can I try at home?

Behavioral - Other: There are a variety of behavioral strategies you can practice to help manage panic attacks. These include various relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises and meditation. You will also want to monitor you overall health and exposure to stress. It would be good for you to work with a therapist on these strategies. ...Read more

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Can you cure anxiety or panic disorder without taking prescribed pills?

Meds or no meds: If you wish you can treat anxiety or panic without medication. Medication will only be necessary if your disorder is too severe to for you to benefit from cognitive-behavioral treatment (cbt). Cbt helps master physical skills like breathing, relaxation; thinking skills like not exaggerating outcomes, not overestimating probabilities; and behavioral skills like gradual exposure to situations. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of panic disorder without taking medicine?

How do I get rid of panic disorder without taking medicine?

Cognitive therapy: Studies show that therapy can be as effective for panic disorders as medication. See a good cognitive therapist as that may be effective. ...Read more

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Are there rehab clinics that can deal with prescription drug addiction and panic disorder in one place?

Are there rehab clinics that can deal with prescription drug addiction and panic disorder in one place?

Yes: Such a facility would have a psychiatrist on staff that would be managing the detox as well as management of coexisting psychiatric disorders. ...Read more

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I have clonazepam tablets that were bought 4 years ago but they were not used. Can they still be taken for the management of panic disorder? Thanks.

4years long time: Clonazepam is very inexpensive. Why would you want to use an outdated med when you have panic attacks? Check prescription bottle, ask pharmacist or your doctor. Best to get a new script. ...Read more

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Why do some people get panic disorder and others don't?

Specifics unknown: Panic attacks are abrupt bursts of psychological and physical discomfort such as racing heart, sweaty palms, shortness of breath, trembling, a sense of impending doom or death, and other similarly discomfiting signs and symptoms. There is a genetic component, and, in people susceptible to it, certain drugs can precipitate it. That said, we don't really know why it happens. But, it is treatable. ...Read more

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I was recently diagnosed with a panic disorder. How do I prevent attacks?

I was recently diagnosed with a panic disorder. How do I prevent attacks?

Counseling: Nothing is guaranteed to keep them away, but start with a psychologist and get the help you need to avoid triggers and calm yourself when you can. ...Read more

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When taking Zoloft (sertraline) & klonopin for depression, anxiety, panic disorder, I know you should avoid alcohol, caffeine, chocolate. What about cigarettes& sugar?

When taking Zoloft (sertraline) & klonopin for depression, anxiety, panic disorder, I know you should avoid alcohol, caffeine, chocolate. What about cigarettes& sugar?

No good!: The tar in cigarettes can induce a liver enzyme 1a2, this should not affect the blood levels of zoloft (sertraline) or klonopin. However nicotine is a stimulant, and stimulants are not helpful for individuals with panic. Also emphysema, secondary to cigarettes is particularly unpleasant when you have panic. Refined sugar can lead to fluctuations in glucose exacerbating panic. Talk to dr. About quitting. ...Read more

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What is a panic disorder?

What is a panic disorder?

Panic disorder: Is a form of anxiety disorders which presents with sudden onset of intense fear that triggers physical symptoms for no apparent reason. You feel like losing control, having heart attack or dying. Most attacks go away if stress is removed. ...Read more

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Panic disorder will it go away?

Panic disorder will it go away?

Exposure therapy: Once medical prob is ruled out find a therapist who specializes in panic disorder, esp helpful is exposure therapy for panic, where gradually, w the therapist's guidance, u intentionally & repeatedly bring on various symptoms of panic, interspersed w/ relaxation techniques. By doing this over & over again, physical sensations that accompany the panic feeling will no longer trigger a panic attack. ...Read more

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Is panic disorder a real entity?

Yes, very real: Panic disorder is a genuine medical condition consisting of episodic intense anxiety & terror that come out of the blue. They're accompanied by physical symptoms such as: racing heart; chest pressure or pain; shortness of breath; feeling weak or dizzy; GI distress; tingling or numbness in hands, fingers, & sometimes face; feeling of loss of control & that death is imminent. Treatment helps! ...Read more

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How can I control panic disorder?

A couple of ways: Panic disorder is a form of anxiety disorder. I would recommend seeing a doctor and see if you really have this. Also one can treat the underlying cause with a serotonin drug and use a tranquilizer like Clonazepam to take for breakthrough panic episosdes. In addition counseling can be helpful in dealing with this as well. Definitely get help as this is treatable. ...Read more

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What to do about my panic disorder?

Panic Attacks: May 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. Benzodiazapines are sometimes used. 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 > ...Read more

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How do you develop a panic disorder?

out of the blue: For many folks, panic attacks start and come out of the blue and for no reason. For others, symptoms of anxiety and panic start in relation to some stress. Panic disorder as well as other anxiety problems tend to run in the family. A good book you can try is: stop obsessing by edna foa, which has techniques which are very useful. ...Read more

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Need some help, for a panic disorder?

Need some help, for a panic disorder?

CBT: Cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) is a fabulous treatment for panic disorder. It involves learning what triggers panic and how to manage panic symptoms. Effective tools are used. Medication can help, as well, if the panic symptoms are so severe that they initially get in the way of participating in cbt. ...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