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Postpartum Panic Disorder
I have panic disorder. It was pretty mild up until I had babies 6mths ago. It seems to be at a peak. Is it normal to have a "relapse" ?
Panic relapse: Yes, panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder tend to be recurrent with relapses. Childbirth and caring for your baby can be stressful in many ways plus you go through many hormonal changes. It's not surprising that you have a relapse at this time. Taking antidepressants for at least 12 months continuously before tapering can be helpful. Please see your doctor, preferrably a psychiatrist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Apprehension of PAs: Beyond the panic attacks themselves, a key symptom of panic disorder is the persistent fear of having future panic attacks. The fear of these attacks can cause the person to avoid places and situations where an attack has occurred or where they believe an attack may occur. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Expert Docs & Info!: #1) really helps 2have mental health clinician like a clinical psychologist who has specific training/expertise in treatment of anxiety disorders. #2) it's vital 2understand what anxiety is, how it ticks so u can take back ur life from anxiety when it interferes w/ur ability 2function. Consider researching. http://www.anxietybc.org #3) but start w/ur pcp 4 workup 2rule out medical conditions.! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Sure. Panic disorder can significantly reduce the quality of life for some individuals. Sometimes it leads to agoraphobia (fear of going outside in public), and sometimes evolves into bipolar disorder or recurrent depression. Some evidence suggests that panic disorder increases the risk for suicide. On the other hand, pure panic disorder is a very treatable condition using medication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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