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I have suffered from panic attacks on & off over the last few years. When I get one, my hr can get up to 150. Is this normal?

I have suffered from panic attacks on & off over the last few years. When I get one, my hr can get up to 150. Is this normal?

Yes: Hopefully this resolves in 30 minutes or so. It may even slow some in 10. Some folk experience even higher heart rates during an attack, and do not incur permanent damage, so don't worry about that. However, CBT therapy can offer a chance to learn skills to avoid, reduce and manage stress, anxiety and panic. It can be a good investment in your quality of life. Best! ...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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Why do I get panic attacks whenever people leave and I'm all alone?

Why do I get panic attacks whenever people leave and I'm all alone?

Troubling Thoughts?: Panic is often mediated by our thoughts. What do you think about when you're alone? Try to keep your thoughts positive, breathe and do relaxation exercises before and after people leave. Try to notice if you have worrisome thoughts about what might happen when you're alone, and combat them with rational, positive, helpful thoughts while you're relaxing. There is treatment for Panic, ask a doc ...Read more

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Why do I get panic attacks when i'm on my piriod?

Why do I get panic attacks when i'm on my piriod?

Multiple possibiliti: Panic attacks can have many different causes. The hormonal changes during your period may play a part. Diet has been found to trigger panic attacks (sugar and caffeine should be avoided or reduced). Emotional issues also can contribute to panic attacks, before and during your period emotions are labile. Find a psychologist and discuss the attacks to learn how 2 manage them and reduce frequency. ...Read more

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Why do i get panic attacks/anixety attacks after a night of drinking?

Why do i get panic attacks/anixety attacks after a night of drinking?

Individual reasons: You'd know better than anyone what drinking means to you. But whatever it is you feel after such a night, it's not usual. And you react to that change w/ thoughts and feelings that match your beliefs. They could be a sort of guilt or worry or disappointment. Those can easily spread into anxiety/panic. Consider therapy to help you understand yourself better and to see if you need to cut down/quit. ...Read more

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Why do I get a minor panic attack as I am falling asleep (ust drifting into sleep) ?

PA or hypnic jerk: The timing of your so-called panic attack is highly unusual. Although most nighttime panic attacks occur in the first half of the night, they are rare just as you're falling asleep. What is much more common at that time is a hypnic jerk which is also referred to as a sleep start. Please see: thescienceofsleep.Wikispaces.Com/the+hypnic+jerk. ...Read more

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Why do i get severe anxiety and panic attack when my period is coming including vertigo attacks.

Why do i get severe anxiety and panic attack when my period is coming including vertigo attacks.

This may be a form: of migraine (vertiginous migraine). Hormonal changes trigger a cascade of events that result in acephalgic vasospastic migraine. There are ways to diagnose this: An EEG done in this critical period may show excessive vasoreactivity during hyperventilation. Typically this responds to anticonvulsant medication (as do most types of vasospastic migraine) I also recommend avoiding DHE and triptans ...Read more

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What to do if i get panic attacks in crowded parties?

Panic: If you can 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 an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to. If you haven't been assessed for your panic/ anxiety - that would be prudent. Anxiety is no fun but it is treatable. ...Read more

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I get panic attacks and can't seem to control them. What do you suggest?

Panic Attacks: Panic attacks are often caused by unrealistic fears or fears based on actual trauma in the past. You could benefit from seeing a mental health professional who could help you work through your fears, uncover the origin and develop better coping styles. Best. ...Read more

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I am 24 I get panic attacks during my exams which effects my grades what can I do to stop this?

What else: If the panic attacks really effect your performance on test,You should learn coping skills by visiting good therapist, at the same time you may consider pharmacotherapy. Thera are a few technics as for therapy like systemic desensitization of biofeedback, etc. Usually smal dose of beta blocker , atenolol helps , the it may follow by benzo 15 min prior to test, you should do better on test . ...Read more

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I am on medicines for panic attacks since the last six yearsbut i still get very severe panic attacks suddenly, for noapparent reason. Can i get panic attacks with no triggers?

Yes: Panic attacks can come out of the blue with no apparent trigger. But at some level there is a trigger activating the hpa axis. Basically this is fight-flight mode when danger is perceived, even if only at the level of deeper brain structures including the amygdala. Besides medication, there are various techniques that can help: deep breathing, mindfulness practice, energy tapping.... ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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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