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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) ?

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?

Treatment: Panic attacks can be very problematic . They can limit your ability to work, socialize and study. Effective treatment can include therapy, medication or both. It is also a good idea to have a physical evaluation to be sure there isn't an underlying medical problem. ...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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I was prescribed Xanax (alprazolam) to take when i get panic attacks. By the time the Xanax (alprazolam) works, my attack is over. Is there a quicker way to manage the attacks?

I was prescribed Xanax (alprazolam) to take when i get panic attacks. By the time the Xanax (alprazolam) works, my attack is over. Is there a quicker way to manage the attacks?

Prevent not treat: You've run into a common problem with the use of tranquilizers to treat true panic (which comes on very suddenly & only lasts 10-15 min). No oral med works that fast. The solution is to prevent such attacks ahead of time using cbt psychotherapy, ongoing medication such as an ssri, or both. ...Read more

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I have nausea a lot lately. It's very frustrating. I get panic attacks to. Why does this happen?

I have nausea a lot lately. It's very frustrating. I get panic attacks to. Why does this happen?

GP: You should go see your general practitioner doctor, it could be a side effect of a medicine you're taking, out it could be untreated anxiety disorder. Ask for a referral for a good therapist. ...Read more

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My neck and back get cold and numb when masturbating, during orgasm. A similar thing happens before i get panic attacks. What could be causing it?

My neck and back get cold and numb when masturbating, during orgasm. A similar thing happens before i get panic attacks. What could be causing it?

Autonomic nerves: The autonomic (involuntary) nervous system is 2 parts: one called sympathetic and the other is parasympathetic. The sympathetic part is responsible for panic (fear fight flight anger and intense exercise) and also gets excited during orgasm. The problem is that fixing this problem is not as straight forward. Discuss with your doc possibly increasing Paxil (paroxetine) or using other meds like beta blockers? ...Read more

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My dentist only IV sedates children but i get panic attacks at his office so if i request an IV sedation, can he give it? Without it i can't do it.

My dentist only IV sedates children but i get panic attacks at his office so if i request an IV sedation, can he give it? Without it i can't do it.

Oral Sedation First: Before you ask your dentist about doing IV sedation on you, consider asking your dentist for an anti-anxiety medication to take before your appointment. These types of medication can really dramatically reduce your fear and nervousness about getting dental care. While you will be awake, you will be unable to drive, so be sure to bring some one as an escort. If this doesn't work, than do iv. ...Read more

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I overdosed many times on meth and cocaine from 2009-2011. Ever since, i get panic attacks during sleep. I quit drugs in 2011. Are they related?

I overdosed many times on meth and cocaine from 2009-2011. Ever since, i get panic attacks during sleep. I quit drugs in 2011. Are they related?

Could be related: After experiencing a near death experience multiple times you may have primed your body to be hypervigilant in the evenings. You may need to work with a therapist and psychiatrist about this. Stay safe! ...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