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How do you calm yourself down if you're having a panic attack?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Panic

Self-talk (what if), relaxation, breathing exercises, meditation, imagery.
Keep in mind that panic attacks do not kill anybody.

In brief: Panic

Self-talk (what if), relaxation, breathing exercises, meditation, imagery.
Keep in mind that panic attacks do not kill anybody.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Allison Greco
General Practice
2 doctors agree

In brief: See doctor

Most true panic attacks resolve on their own within a few minutes.
It may help to breathe into a paper bag to prevent hyperventilation and dizziness. However, there are medical conditions that may cause symptoms similar to those of panic attacks, like hyperthyroidism or heart arrythmias. They may even be a side effect of another medication. See your doctor to be evaluated and receive treatment.

In brief: See doctor

Most true panic attacks resolve on their own within a few minutes.
It may help to breathe into a paper bag to prevent hyperventilation and dizziness. However, there are medical conditions that may cause symptoms similar to those of panic attacks, like hyperthyroidism or heart arrythmias. They may even be a side effect of another medication. See your doctor to be evaluated and receive treatment.
Allison Greco
Allison Greco
Answer assisted by Allison Greco, Medical Student
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Dr. Foster Carr
General Practice
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Professional help

You should have a psychiatrist determine the triggers or causes of your panic attacks and suggest the best course of medication and/or psychotherapy treatments.
It is important not to hyperventilate during an attack and for that reason some people suggest breathing into a paper bag so that you dont loose too much carbon dioxide from your lungs.

In brief: Professional help

You should have a psychiatrist determine the triggers or causes of your panic attacks and suggest the best course of medication and/or psychotherapy treatments.
It is important not to hyperventilate during an attack and for that reason some people suggest breathing into a paper bag so that you dont loose too much carbon dioxide from your lungs.
Dr. Foster Carr
Dr. Foster Carr
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Dr. Delight Thompson
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Don't Let it Build

Think of a pot of boiling water. You want to keep it on low so it doesn't boil over. Learn to self-assess and don't let anxiety build over a 7, on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the worst.
Free Smart Phone Apps: 1) MyCalmBeat, 2) StressCheck, 3) TacticalBreather,4) LifeArmor, 5) Breathe2Relax, 6) BioZen, 7) BinauralBeats, 8) Instant HeartRate.

In brief: Don't Let it Build

Think of a pot of boiling water. You want to keep it on low so it doesn't boil over. Learn to self-assess and don't let anxiety build over a 7, on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the worst.
Free Smart Phone Apps: 1) MyCalmBeat, 2) StressCheck, 3) TacticalBreather,4) LifeArmor, 5) Breathe2Relax, 6) BioZen, 7) BinauralBeats, 8) Instant HeartRate.
Dr. Delight Thompson
Dr. Delight Thompson
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