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What Can I Do To Prevent Waking In An Anxiety Or Panic Attack
Clear diagnosis: It can be common to wake up from a vivid dream and have some anxiety, rapid pulse, deep breathing. Stress reduction such as breathing exercises can help improve sleep and decrease anxiety, as can "sleep hygiene" techniques. A true panic attack especially if recurrent, should be evaluated. Panic attacks need a coordinated approach as the sufferer can feel they are "going to die". ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more
What are some techniques that can prevent be from having bad anxiety or such as having a panic attack???
What is the best solution to do??
Panic Attacks: are always self-limiting. Please remember that. Seeing a mental health professional is best. Learn to manage them and don't use medication alone if you use it. See www.relaxationresponse.org for some self-help. Your situation is very treatable. Peace and good health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How to prevent or control ptsd / panic attacks / anxiety as anniversary of original event nears? Normally under control with lexapro (escitalopram).
Time for support: I suggest on this upcoming anniversary that you not be alone. Hoping you're in talk therapy as well as using Lexapro (escitalopram) -- this is extremely important in recovering from ptsd. Cognitive processing therapy and emdr can be very helpful to you especially at this time. You may need practices for grounding in the present, where you are safe rather than threatened -- therapy can provide these too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multiple options: Holistic: concentrate on breathing. - take up meditation and learn how to put yourself into a relaxed state quickly - have hypnotherapy and installation of an "anchor" that you can use to quickly get you in a relaxed state. - do "progressive desensitization" where you gradually get more exposure to things that could cause you to panic. Prescriptive: ssri's for background, constant treatment... ...Read more
Will taking a shot of hard liquor at onset of a panic attack prevent the current panic attack from starting?
Sometimes: It is thought by many that a common route to alcoholism is the desire on the part of the individual consuming alcohol to reduce the experience of anxiety. There is a conventional wisdom that states that alcohol does promote a reduction in anxiety although its effects can be short lived and there can be rebound anxiety as well if one tries to suddenly reduce consumption of alcohol. Stay safe! ...Read more
See below: Psychotherapy is the treatment of choice to explore and resolve underlying issues and develop coping skills. Also, explore potential benefit of emotional freedom technique (eft, aka tapping. Check it out at www.Eftuniverse.Com). I also encourage clients with anxiety to take on relaxation &/or mindfulness meditation. ...Read more
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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