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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 (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 panic disorder a real entity?

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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What are the symptoms of panic disorder?...

Panic attacks often: Last 2 to 10 mins. Sx’s can include: sense of severe anxiety or panic, chest tightness or pain, rapid or pounding heartbeat, areas of numbness or pins ; needles type sensation, hot flashes or chills ; heavy perspiration. There may be a tickle sensation in the stomach or nausea, feeling dizzy or faint ; physical shaking. The person may fear that they are going crazy, they are out of control or that. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have a panic disorder?

Possibly.: 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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How to distract myself from my panic disorder?

How to distract myself from my panic disorder?

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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What is your first choice ssri for panic disorder?

SSRIs for Panic: My choice, from experience, would be zoloft (sertraline) for females & Celexa for males. Of course there is no ground rule, since different people respond differently. ...Read more

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Panic disorder an chest pains. ?

Panic disorder an chest pains. ?

MVP: in the setting of panic disorder can be diagnosed with an echocardiogram. One can sometimes hear the valve click with a stethoscope exam. See your doctor about this. Typically one feels sudden sharp pains in the chest. ...Read more

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What is panic disorder with agoraphobia?

What is panic disorder with agoraphobia?

Panic & agoraphobia: Panic disorder with agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder. In it there are discrete episodes of intense fear peaking within 10 min and dissipating within 30 min. Also there is fear of situations which might be hard to escape or where help may not be available --also fear of crowds, bridges & being outside alone. Panic includes physical sx like shortness of breath, tachycardia, chest pain, etc. ...Read more

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Which is the preferred antidepressant for panic disorder?

Which is the preferred antidepressant for panic disorder?

SSRI's: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors have been used often for panic. Your prescribing provider can help to determine the optimum antidepressant for you. ...Read more

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What is the best antidepressant to take for panic disorder?

Everyone unique: Ssris usually a few require maois--find a doc who treats pd & work with him or her--if someone in your family has pd & is doing well on a drug it will likely work for ypu. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Panic Disorder (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Dr. Linda Bernstein
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Recently Gave Birth (Definition)

Postpartum is a term that means after the "separation of the mother and the baby", or after ...Read more