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How can you help someone having panic attacks?

How can you help someone having panic attacks?

Yes: A simple way would be to just be present with them. Just having the support may be enough. Also, trying to slow down their breathing could help. Panic attacks are made worse by hyperventilating so slowing down the breaths to about 8 seconds per entire breath may help break the cycle quickly. ...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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What is like for someone who has a panic attack ?

What is like for someone who has a panic attack ?

Scary spec. 1st time: Symptoms of a panic attack, which often last about 10 minutes, include: difficulty breathing, pounding heart or chest pain, intense feeling of dread, sensation of choking or smothering, dizziness or feeling faint, trembling or shaking, sweating, nausea or stomachache, tingling or numbness in the fingers and toes, chills or hot flashes, a fear that you are losing control or are about to die. ...Read more

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What can I do to help someone with panic attacks?

What can I do to help someone with panic attacks?

Knowledge 2 Help: The more you know, the better you can help. "panic attacks tend to start quickly and reach a peak within 10 minutes. The peak generally lasts for about 5 to 10 minutes before the symptoms start to settle. However, it can take quite some time for all the symptoms to subside." source=page on panic disorder by anxiety disorders assn' of british columbia (http://bit.Ly/pylkom). ...Read more

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How do you know if someone is having a panic attack?

How do you know if someone is having a panic attack?

Medical Eval: 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 can you help someone calm down during a panic attack?

Be supportive: Panic attacks can be very frightening. By being supportive and helping promote calmness one can help impact the problem. Promoting/coaching deep breathing is often very helpful. ...Read more

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What things can make someone more likely to have panic attacks?

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Panic predisposition: History of panic/anxiety/depression, substance abuse, heredity, ptsd, obsessive compulsive do, hypoglycemia, hyperthyroidism, mitral valve prolapse, inner ear disease, caffeine/nicotine/stimulants, phobias, chronic illnesses. ...Read more

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I always feel like someone's looking or spying on me? I encrypt my text messages and such but now I can't go through the day without a panic attack.

I always feel like someone's looking or spying on me? I encrypt my text messages and such but now I can't go through the day without a panic attack.

Seek therapy: Have a good psychological eval to determine the best combination of therapy and possible Rx meds to prevent this from progressing into a deeper sense of paranoia. While it's mild, you can understand better how to make trust choices. If you wait, it may be much harder. Sometimes mistrust is valid - you can learn how to feel safer. Take advantage of your present openness to find help. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Someone I know of mine having nightmares and panic attacks?

Someone I know of mine having nightmares and panic attacks?

Psychiatrist: It is recommended that patients that have panic attacks and nightmares see a psychiatrist and are thoroughly evaluated and treated with medications. ...Read more

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Can a panic attack knock someone out of a coma?

Can a panic attack knock someone out of a coma?

Not likely.: Panic attacks are brought on by conscious and subconscious processes but not by unconscious states. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a panic attack to cause someone to stop breathing temporarily?

Is it possible for a panic attack to cause someone to stop breathing temporarily?

Yes/NO: During a panic attack , a person may experience multiple physical symptoms including breathing difficulty such as feeling that he/she can't take a deep enough breath or can't even yawn, or feeling of chocking or hyperventilation. ... Over 25 years, we have never seen a patient where they stopped breathing. Usually oxygen concentration is within normal limits. Good luck and feel better. ...Read more

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Is there a hotline or helpline number someone can call when having a panic attack?

Hotline: At your local mental health center there are counselors on call that can provide support and guidance, otherwise a supportive family member can come handy. ...Read more

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When I have a panic attack about a certain situation and someone says "it's all in your head"! Is that really true?

When I have a panic attack about a certain situation and someone says "it's all in your head"! Is that really true?

Partly true: The cause of the panic attack is usually a signal from your brain, but the effects of the panic attack are in your body! The brain sends a fear signal that turns on your body's fight-or-flight response. Hormones speed up your heart, make you tremble, dilate your pupils, and raise your blood pressure. So what you feel in your body is actually in your body! ...Read more

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Are their any programs out there for someone who has constant anxiety and panic attacks because of the medical problems they have?

Are their any programs out there for someone who has constant anxiety and panic attacks because of the medical problems they have?

MBSR Groups: Mindfulness-based stress reduction (mbsr) programs are offered all over north america, and involve 8 weeks of instruction in methods to help you with anxiety, pain, and other kinds of distress. It is the beginning of a lifetime practice. There are many in-person programs, and also some online ones -- but in person is better for connecting with others, of course. Google "mbsr programs" and see! ...Read more

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Whats a panic attack?

DSM IV defintion: A discrete period of intense fear or discomfort, in which four (or more) of the following symptoms developed abruptly and reached a peak within 10 minutes: 1) palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate 2) sweating 3) trembling or shaking 4) sensations of shortness of breath or smothering 5) feeling of choking 6) chest pain or discomfort (cont. On comments). ...Read more

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What are panic attacks?

A/W Dr. Jacobson.: Panic attacks may develop rapidly w sxs of: anxiety; rapid, pounding heart beat; chest tightness/pain; shortness of breath w hyperventilation; hot or cold flashes; sense of butterflies in stomach, nausea or vomiting; tingling of mouth or extremities; ^ sweating; feeling faint or lightheaded; headache or shaking, difficulty swallowing or tight throat; a sense that you aren't real or that the. ...Read more

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What is a panic attack? 

What is a panic attack? 

Panic: Sudden onset of apprehension and fear, accompanied by physical symptom as sweating, dizziness, heart racing, rapid breathing, sense of urgency, etc. No clear trigger can be identified. ...Read more

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What cause panic attack?

What cause panic attack?

Interpretation: Your interpretation of the situation your are in as well as the symptoms you are feeling can lead to a panic attack. Breathing changes are also a factor. ...Read more

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Resolved. Panic attack

Glad to hear it.: Do you have many panic attacks? If yes consider the following. Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive Behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises & meditation. Don't isolate. ...Read more

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What causes panic attacks?

What causes panic attacks?

Physiology of Panic: When ur brain senses danger (even when there's none) its fear & rage centers go into overdrive preparing ur body 2run or 2fight. The centers get u 2breathe fast because ur body needs lots of oxygen.(o2) 4 running/fighting. But if u get too much o2 in relation 2carbon dioxide (co2) u experience sensations of panic. To chase away panic:, take slow, shallow breaths. Cup ur hands & breathe thru them. ...Read more

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How to cure panic attacks?

How to cure panic  attacks?

Panic: Attacks can be brought under control & the anxiety into recovery stage, with cognitive behavior therapy, life style changes, and medications for symptomatic control. ...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