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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

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
664 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 OCD is not a possible side effects 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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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

Dr. Adam Lewis Dr. Lewis
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Living with Borderline Personality Disorder (Checklist)

Maintain 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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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

Dr. Miroslava Fox Dr. Fox
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Living with Manic Depressive Disorder (Checklist)

Keep a crisis list with doctor and family phone numbers
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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

Dr. Barbara Lavi Dr. Lavi
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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 evaluations are updated
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Meet with a psychologist
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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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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

Dr. Barbara Lavi Dr. Lavi
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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 EMDR as a form of treatment, discuss with a therapist
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Learn relaxation techniques to help 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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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