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I have been haveing panic attacks since I was hit by a car, is the wreck a reason why I am haveing them? I went to the emergency room.

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Dr. Anne Sagalyn
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Very likely

If it's the first several mos after the accident, you are probably having an acute stress response-who wouldn't- and it should pass with time, esp if you have someone supportive to talk to.
If it's been several mos, it may be ptsd, and it would be helpful to seek psychiatric help. Very common and very treatable. Good luck.

In brief: Very likely

If it's the first several mos after the accident, you are probably having an acute stress response-who wouldn't- and it should pass with time, esp if you have someone supportive to talk to.
If it's been several mos, it may be ptsd, and it would be helpful to seek psychiatric help. Very common and very treatable. Good luck.
Dr. Anne Sagalyn
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Dr. Delight Thompson
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Survivor Anxiety

It is very common to experience a heightened sense of anxiety following a threatening or near death experience.
The sympathetic nervous system becomes over-activated and it takes time to resettle. Anxiety is a natural, adaptive response we experience when we feel unsafe or threatened. Time aids desensitization but so does actively spending time each day relaxing your nervous system.

In brief: Survivor Anxiety

It is very common to experience a heightened sense of anxiety following a threatening or near death experience.
The sympathetic nervous system becomes over-activated and it takes time to resettle. Anxiety is a natural, adaptive response we experience when we feel unsafe or threatened. Time aids desensitization but so does actively spending time each day relaxing your nervous system.
Dr. Delight Thompson
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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry

In brief: Get help

There are very effective medications for your panic attacks, first, avoid benzodiazepines, like Xanax (alprazolam) .
For my patients with symptoms as you describe, i usually prescribe 25 mgs of nortriptyline, at bedtime. It's four dollars a month at walmart and you need a script. This may or may not be what you need. Never just try taking any drug from a friend or relative. It is not safe, may be a felony..!

In brief: Get help

There are very effective medications for your panic attacks, first, avoid benzodiazepines, like Xanax (alprazolam) .
For my patients with symptoms as you describe, i usually prescribe 25 mgs of nortriptyline, at bedtime. It's four dollars a month at walmart and you need a script. This may or may not be what you need. Never just try taking any drug from a friend or relative. It is not safe, may be a felony..!
Dr. Kevin Passer
Dr. Kevin Passer
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