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What can I do to prevent panic attacks in the middle of the night?

What can I do to prevent panic attacks in the middle of the night?

Good day good night: Frequency and intensity of panic attacks depends on your fears, your level of stress, ingestion of caffeine or other stimulants. Attacks can come day or night. Panic disorder treatment will help you master techniques that will address these problems. If you get adequate treatment for your panic attacks, not only your daily attacks, but also those that occur while you are asleep will tend to recede. ...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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I have a lot of Aniexty and panic attacks. What things can I do to prevent Aniexty and panic attacks?

I have a lot of Aniexty and panic attacks. What things can I do to prevent Aniexty and panic attacks?

Professional Help: There are several techniques that can be helpful to you depending on your individual situation. For some people talking therapy to get to underlying issues that are making you anxious For otherscertain relaxation techniques or cognitive approaches can reduce or eliminate the anxiety For many people medication can be extremely helpful All of these approaches can also be used in combination ...Read more

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I take 10-20mg of propranolol monday through friday to prevent panic attacks at work. Should i take on weekends too to keep it daily? What's safer?

I take 10-20mg of propranolol monday through friday to prevent panic attacks at work.  Should i take on weekends too to keep it daily?  What's safer?

Propanolol: Propanolol can help with some of the peripheral symptoms of anxiety, such as rapid heart rate, sweating, tremor, etc -- but you may still experience emotional fear or anxiety in certain situations. For true panic disorder, treatment with ssri's or other antidepressants works much better. If you haven't already done this, please consult with a psychiatrist and get both assessment & treatment. ...Read more

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I am taking clonazepam 0.25mg the most of 2x per week to prevent panic attacks. Like when i go to stores or drive long to make me relaxed. Bad idea?

I am taking clonazepam 0.25mg the most of 2x per week to prevent panic attacks.  Like when i go to stores or drive long to make me relaxed. Bad idea?

As needed: At that low dose and at that low frequency, you are probably quite safe and probably would not suffer withdrawal if you did stop. So, if it is working well - don't worry. In fact, if you are otherwise okay, that's good. But if you have other concerns you might consider a CBT therapist to learn skills for avoiding, reducing and managing stress, anxiety, etc. Best! ...Read more

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How to prevent panic attacks? I get really nervous, whole body shakes uncontrollably ,nervous rash across my chest and down my arms, and vomitting

How to prevent panic attacks? I get really  nervous, whole body shakes uncontrollably ,nervous rash across my chest and down my arms, and vomitting

Fear of Panic Attack: Fear of having a panic attack can affect really start limiting ur life. Avoidance is not the answer. That will only isolate u & grow the fear. Get good eval 1st: see clinical psychologist who's anxiety expert. Learn about effective treatment: exposure & response prevention which will involve facing ur fear in progressively more challenging steps. Try anxietybc.org for education'l info ...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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Help can clorezapate prevent severe panic attacks?

Only one option: Benzodiazepines like clorazepate bind the GABA receptor complex and increase overall sedation of the brainl. These medicines are best used short-term until the SSRI or SNRI anti-anxiety medication takes hold. If possible, you want to use the lowest helpful dose of the benzo's due to potential for sedation, intoxication, tolerance / dependence, balance, and memory troubles, esp with older folks. ...Read more

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How can I prevent myself from getting panic attacks?

Panic: When you feel anxiety coming on, sit down & start meditating, distract yourself from the thoughts that provoke anxiety feelings, and start breathing exercises. ...Read more

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How can I prevent panic attacks when I drive and what brings them on?

How can I prevent panic attacks when I drive and what brings them on?

Best answer is: To find a good counselor who can teach you cognitive behavior skills to reset the pattern of environmental triggers, anxious thoughts and the onset of panic sx. You may need medication. In most cases something happened that caused you anxiety in the past while driving and you are repeating this experiancce in some way with each new panic attack. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what's the best way to prevent and stop panic attacks?

Underlying anxiety: Panic attacks are scary! the best way to prevent and stop them is to figure out what the underlying anxiety is about. Easier said than done; however, because you have the insight and courage to ask, you are already on the right track. ...Read more

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How can I naturally prevent panic attacks? How can I naturally get rid of panic attacks?

No.: Effective treatment of panic disorder requires either behavioral therapy and or medications such as certain antidepressants or benzodiazepines. ...Read more

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How frequently do you have to have panic attacks before it is a problem, for example, becomes a medical condition or prevents you from driving?

That depends: Severity is also an important issue. It is usually best to pull over to the side of the road to calm yourself if you are driving and have a panic attack. If you can't focus well on the task at hand - you shouldn't be driving. If continous panic when driving - would stop driving until symptoms improve. Discuss particulars with your doctor. ...Read more

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Could exercises or complementary therapies prevent the occurrence of panic attacks?

Yes: We all need some down time. Yoga is an excellent way to train you mind to deal with the anxiety signals it receives. In addition, hobbies and volunteering help keep your mind occupied and feeling good about your life. ...Read more

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When i take a medication that causes drowsiness it gives me severe panic attacks and i can't control it enough to calm it down. How do I prevent this?

Panic disorder?: I've known many anxious people who are afraid to fall asleep. They are hypervigilant for fear that something dreadful will happen. Many such people are dealing with previous trauma issues, and also the need to be "in control" at all times. The best help for this is seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist for good assessment -- plus receiving individual treatment, including medications if needed. ...Read more

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I have extreme anxiety attacks to where i feel as if i'm going to die, what could I do at home without medication to prevent the anxiety/panic attacks?

Consult a profession: Without professional guidance, and if you have never received treatment heretofore, self-help reading is about the most that you can do on your own, at home. But that will probably not be sufficient: you are advised to seek an assessment from a psychiatrist or psychologist trained to provide specific cognitive-behavioral techniques. You should discuss your reluctance to receive medication with him. ...Read more

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Hello. I often get anxiety/panic attacks when i am stressed and sometimes for no reason. How can i prevent them?

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I often get anxiety/panic attacks when i am stressed and sometimes for no reason.
How can i prevent them?

Your Dr can assess: for anxiety disorder & causative underlying medical conditions. Psychotropic medications are often indicated and cognitive behavioral therapy can be very helpful. In the meantime - if anxious find a quiet place - do so. Breath in slowly & deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through > ...Read more

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So I've been feeling quite anxious and I have panic attacks and I also have been feeling nauseous.. This usually means a migraine is coming how can I prevent one from happening? I've also been feeling like some rooms are darker then before?

So I've been feeling quite anxious and I have panic attacks and I also have been feeling nauseous.. This usually means a migraine is coming how can I prevent one from happening? I've also been feeling like some rooms are darker then before?

You have the: symptoms of panic attacks, but with a migraine kicker. Some might suggests these are the aura of the migraine. Others might suggest the anxiety sets you up to have a migraine. This requires more investigation by an MD who specializes in migraines and by a psychiatrist who deals with anxiety. In the meantime, here's some anxiety info: http://www.psychologyproductsandservices.com/page2.html ...Read more

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Aside from benzodiazepines, are there any equally effective treatments to prevent severe panic attacks?

Yes: Other pharmacological options include antidepressants such as ssri's, some tricyclics, and maoi's. A psychiatrist can evaluate your situation and recommend effective treatments. Because they induce tolerance, benozdiazepines are not a good long term approach. Paired with antidepressants, various types of psychotherapy (including cognitive behavioral) are essential and will improve your results. ...Read more

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I've lately been having panic attacks where I can't breathe, speak or walk and even went into shock once. No apparent trigger, how can I prevent them?

I've lately been having panic attacks where I can't breathe, speak or walk and even went into shock once. No apparent trigger, how can I prevent them?

Knowledge = Power!: Learn about panic "attacks" so u can learn 2 manage them! "Panic attacks tend 2 start quickly & reach a peak within 10 mins. The peak generally lasts 4 about 5 to 10 minutes before the symptoms start 2 settle. However, it can take quite some time for all the symptoms to subside." source=pg on panic disorder by Anxiety Disorders Assn' of British Columbia: anxietybc.org. ...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