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What causes panic attacks?

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Panic

Think of the phrase "bio psycho social".
Bio is for hereditary or medical causes. Psycho is for psychological causes. Social is for exposure to fearful objects. Most cases, however, the cause is not clear, but with therapy & exploring dynamics, it becomes more clear.

In brief: Panic

Think of the phrase "bio psycho social".
Bio is for hereditary or medical causes. Psycho is for psychological causes. Social is for exposure to fearful objects. Most cases, however, the cause is not clear, but with therapy & exploring dynamics, it becomes more clear.
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Dr. James Eyerman
An alternative view is that they are an attempt at self-healing....if allowed to be worked through in a supportive setting, emotional release and psychospiritual breakthroughs can occur... a good way to do this is Holotropic Breathwork. See ABHI websute,
Dr. Cristina Carballo
Pediatrics - Neonatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Anxiety disorder

Although my specialty is not behavioral or psych, I do know that panic attacks are related to anxiety disorder.
It is best to seek psychological help and perhaps pychiatric help, certain medications can help decrease these.

In brief: Anxiety disorder

Although my specialty is not behavioral or psych, I do know that panic attacks are related to anxiety disorder.
It is best to seek psychological help and perhaps pychiatric help, certain medications can help decrease these.
Dr. Cristina Carballo
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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Panic

Panic disorder, as well as other anxiety disorders may run in families.
Anxiety disorders, as a whole, are the most common psychiatric conditions. Other anxiety disorders are obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. All are treatable.

In brief: Panic

Panic disorder, as well as other anxiety disorders may run in families.
Anxiety disorders, as a whole, are the most common psychiatric conditions. Other anxiety disorders are obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. All are treatable.
Dr. Kevin Passer
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice

In brief: Several causes

Among causes of panic attack, mitral valve prolapse is not uncommon.
Causal relationships uncertain. Often seen in young females & diagnosed by detection of heart murmur; confirmed by echocardiogram. I have often discovered these sign & symptoms in women with joint hypermobility syndrome, an inherited connective tissue disorder; causal of joint ligament laxity &, imo, heart valve floppiness.

In brief: Several causes

Among causes of panic attack, mitral valve prolapse is not uncommon.
Causal relationships uncertain. Often seen in young females & diagnosed by detection of heart murmur; confirmed by echocardiogram. I have often discovered these sign & symptoms in women with joint hypermobility syndrome, an inherited connective tissue disorder; causal of joint ligament laxity &, imo, heart valve floppiness.
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