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Panic Attacks: Its Causative, Signs And Symptoms

Dr. Jimmy Mody 89% (37 ratings)
Transpersonal Regression Therapy, Integrated HYpnotherapy & Clinical Hypnotherapy, BA - Economics
Psychologist, Mumbai
Panic Attacks: Its Causative, Signs And Symptoms

Panic attacks can debilitate a person greatly. The panic or anxiety attacks can be extremely powerful and intense, whereby a person starts hallucinating. The level of hallucination can vary depending on the severity of the attack. Such people often hallucinate about something bad or catastrophic striking them.  They lose self-composure. In extreme cases, they cut themselves off from the outside world and recoil into their safe zone (Agoraphobia).

Panic attacks, should, by no means, be confused with depression. These attacks can be essentially divided into three phases; the start phase, it then reaches the pinnacle or the zenith, before sliding down (fades away). The duration of a panic attack can vary from long to very long periods. The whole experience can leave a person depressed, traumatized and drained out (physically and emotionally). A timely medical assistance can prove to be extremely fruitful.

Panic attacks- its causative, signs and symptoms

 A panic attack, can, indeed, come out of the blue (unexpectedly). Extreme emotional turmoil or anxiety can trigger such an attack. An over-excited nervous system might turn out to be the wrecker in chief, throwing life in jeopardy. A person might be unprepared to deal with such a situation. Though extremely difficult, the best thing would be to try and relax. The attack is just an extreme state of mind, an abstract feeling that can never come true. It will pass off soon. Panicking will only pile onto your agony. Identifying the associated symptoms can prove to be effective. 

Some of the important symptoms associated with pain attacks include:

  • A feeling of breathlessness, suffocation and dizziness.
  • The palms appear to be sweaty.
  • A person may complain of uneasiness or chest pain
  • Increased palpitations are quite common during panic attacks.
  • A person might experience severe chills or heat flushes. 
  • Twitching and trembling of the muscles are often observed during the attacks.
  • An intense fear of death or going insane grips the person completely.
  • Hands, legs, arms begin to tingle.
  • During anxiety attacks, a person loses the reasoning ability.

Few short-term behavioural therapies can be of great help. Meditation, yoga and certain breathing practices can effectively ward off physical and mental fatigue. CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a popular technique used to deal with panic attacks. This technique primarily emphasizes on the present conditions and factors resulting in panic and ways to minimize or completely eliminate the attacks.

I am going thru anxiety and panic attacks and was prescribed rexipra 5 and Etilam .25 MD ,stopped rexipra 5 and continuing Etilam. 25 MD ,off late I am on low mood and feel restlessness with negative emotions ,I feel that it’s etilam. 25 MD side effects ,how can I taper it down ,pls help.

Dr. Vimal Kumar 87% (121 ratings)
MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Delhi
I am going thru anxiety and panic attacks and was prescribed rexipra 5 and Etilam .25 MD ,stopped rexipra 5 and conti...
Dear lybrate-user please don; t play with medicines. Try to follow your psychiatrist so far as medicines and behavioural activities advised, wishing you the best!
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Heart Attack Or Panic Attack - Know The Difference!

Dr. Gopi A 87% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MD - General Medicine, DNB Cardiology, DM - Cardiology
Cardiologist, Bangalore
Heart Attack Or Panic Attack - Know The Difference!

You feel your heart begin to beat wildly in your chest as you break into a cold sweat and have trouble catching your breath; is this a heart attack or panic attack? Your first thought is that it's a heart attack since you have an impending feeling of doom which you may even have felt before your attack began. This makes your heart beat even faster and you become so overwhelmed that the feeling gets even worse until you begin to feel light-headed or maybe even pass out. This is a panic attack.

When you suffer from anxiety, the slightest thing can trigger a panic attack and some can be so intense that you can't imagine it being anything other than looming death. It's very common for those having an anxiety attack to mistake it for a heart attack and this fear is enough to just take over and really wreak havoc on your heart rate, but no matter how fast your heart beats or how panicked you feel; you are not having a heart attack and this episode will not kill you.

One thing that will prove helpful in dealing with this is learning the differences between the two:

Signs of a Heart Attack:

  1. Pressure in the Chest (described as feeling like there is an elephant sitting on your chest).

  2. Chest pain - note that this is not always present.

  3. Sweating.

  4. Shortness of breath.

  5. Pain in the right arm.

  6. Pain in the back or shoulder blades for women.

  7. Nausea or vomiting.

Panic attack symptoms include:

  1. Increased heart rate.

  2. Sharp or stabbing chest pain that lasts only 5 to 10 seconds.

  3. Pain that is localized to one small area.

  4. Pain that usually occurs at rest.

  5. Pain that accompanies anxiety.

  6. Pain that is relieved or worsened when you change positions.

  7. Pain that can be reproduced or worsened by pressing over the area of pain.

The bottom line: Be vigilant and get checked out promptly.

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Panic Attack - Can It Be Stopped?

Dr. Sanjeev Tripathi 90% (107 ratings)
Masters in Clinical Psychology, Bachelor in Psychology
Psychologist, Indore
Panic Attack - Can It Be Stopped?

A panic attack can start suddenly and may be caused due a variety of reasons. A patient of depression and anxiety usually goes through such attacks. The symptoms of these attacks include sudden and persistent fear, the feeling of losing control, the feeling of having a heart attackpalpitations problem, sweating, dizzy spells and more. It has been medically proven that most adults go through at least one or more panic attacks in their lifetime.

Here are a few ways in which one can stop a panic attack:

  1. Recognise the Signs: Take note of the symptoms. From a feeling of choking to detachment, losing control, surreal experiences, dizzy spells, nausea, pain in the abdomen and chills, to tremors, and a fear of facing death, there are many symptoms that can put your body in a fight or flight response where things may suddenly seem terrifying, and without any reason at that.
  2. Breath Control: Learn to control your breathing as soon as you begin to experience the symptoms. This will help in distraction even as it soothes and calms you down, thus forcing you to think rationally about the fear and helplessness that you are suddenly experiencing. Sit down with your knees bent and let your shoulders relax.
  3. Relaxation Techniques: Learn and practice a few relaxation techniques during times like these. This may include simple things like rubbing your neck and more focused activities like talking to yourself and meditating.
  4. Continuation: Remember to hold your breath, let it out, and then carry on with the activity that you had set out to do. If you stop what you were doing, then the message going to your brain is loud and clear and you will panic even further. But if you relax and zone out before letting yourself go about the chore, however robotically, then it will have a positive effect on the messages that are sent to your brain.
  5. Medication: In the event that you are not able to fully control and relax yourself and your thoughts, then you may want to see a psychiatrist who can prescribe specific medication that will help in relaxing you. Sedatives and antidepressants may also be prescribed for patients who are going through severe episodes of panic with debilitating symptoms.
  6. Differentiate between Stress and Panic: Many times, we may feel like we are panicking, yet this may simply be a way of going through stress. It is important to focus on recognising events and reactions as stress or panic.

Not allowing yourself run away from a situation is a sure shot way of dealing with panic as this condition the brain to be more accepting and resilient. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Hi Sir, Few months ago I tried weed with my friends and that night my saliva was dry. And I suddenly eat bread and got choked up and later I could’t breathe and later I got panic attack for the first time and I thought I was about to die but I thankfully survived. After 25 days I suddenly remember the moment where I could’t breathe and whole night I keep fearing that the panic attack might happen again. Any suggestions?

Dr. Kaveri Chauhan 91% (11 ratings)
Master of psychology, MPhil -psychology, PhD - Health Psychology
Psychologist, Karnal
Hi Sir, Few months ago I tried weed with my friends and that night my saliva was dry. And I suddenly eat bread and go...
It was bread not weed which make your throat dry. And after the impact of weed which creates action potential in nerve cells so fast. You felt panic attack. Read one book for story therapy and I guarantee it won't come back if living a healthy lifestyle, no weed, no smoke, no fast food. Go for personality test to check what type of person you are. Book name is Why Zebra's don't get ulcers.
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So, I think after like reading a lot that I might be facing ADD issues, well, but the symptoms also overlap with depression and anxiety disorders and I have had panic and anxiety attacks in the past. I am not sure what kind of treatment I would require, or how to overcome the problem, at the current rate I am going, I am getting more and more dependent on alcohol for brief moments of happiness, usually I am lost and in no control of my thoughts. Patient Gender: Male Patient Age: 19 Pursuing undergrad.

Ms. Parveen 94% (123 ratings)
Bachelors In Psychology, Masters In Psychology, Post Graduate Diploma In Guidance & Counselling, Internship in clinical psychology
Psychologist, Jalandhar
So, I think after like reading a lot that I might be facing ADD issues, well, but the symptoms also overlap with depr...
Hi Kushal, Don,t worry . You need psychological counselling and therapies for cure your anxiety and depression. but it will take some time . you will need 3-6 session. after one consultation you will feel improvement and then we decide how many session you will need. take care . you can over come your problem..
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Whenever I have any exam or in a new situation I get a panic attack, and if I think too much I get tremble and scared, and sometimes I feel like I want to cry and sometimes I do for no reason.

Dr. Juhi Parashar 95% (3903 ratings)
Masters In Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Lucknow
Whenever I have any exam or in a new situation I get a panic attack, and if I think too much I get tremble and scared...
It's due to anxiety Practice breathing exercise also change your perspective over studies Consult with me or any psychologist for therapy and counseling Connect with me through text or audio on Lybrate app.
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One year back I had panic attack ,i went to doctor and diagnosis ,every thing was right. But prob is I get very tension even in little prob. I lost my job and not married. I usually take mitraz15 and solopose to relax me as doctor prescribed. Prob is I do not want to take medicine as I will more become addict to it. I smoke 4-5 cigarette just becose to relieve stress. I do not know how to come out of all this mess. Please guide.

Dr. Rushali Angchekar 97% (56843 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Sindhudurg
One year back I had panic attack ,i went to doctor and diagnosis ,every thing was right. But prob is I get very tensi...
hi dont worry. I advise you to take homoeopathic treatment to control panic attacks. no side effects of homoeopathic treatment. I need detailed case history to find out cause and treat accordingly.
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I have anxiety panic disorder and bp problem from last 5 months they related each other .I m taking 1 embeta xr morning and evening 1 lozip 0.5md morning and evening 1 pexep 25 mg in night .pl tell how much time take I will free from this problem.

Dr. Juhi Parashar 95% (3903 ratings)
Masters In Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Lucknow
I have anxiety panic disorder and bp problem from last 5 months they related each other .I m taking 1 embeta xr morni...
It will be fine soon but along with medicine psychotherapy will help you alleviate your symptoms faster Consult with me or any psychologist for therapy and counseling Connect with me through text or audio on Lybrate app.
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Hello, I am 51 years male and an Engineer, a patient of Anxiety and panic disorder since last 16 years and under the treatment of an eminent psychiatrist in Kolkata and he used to treat me with different dozes of Paroxetine and after some years, different dozes of Deveniz. Since last 06 months I am suffering severe panic disorder in every morning after waking up from sleep due to extremely rough and rude behaviour of my immediate boss almost on every day due to minor reasons probably due to some pre accumulated anger against me which caused me severe anxiety and panic disorder in almost every morning before going to the duty. The symptoms are burning sensation in hands and legs, sweating and headache and vomiting tendency. I have told my doctor and after two times medication changing he prescribed me Pexep-CR-25x 02 tablets, Venla- XR-75 and Venla-XR-150 mg and Betacap -TR-40-one tablet daily and suggested to keep Zapiz-0.25 mg for taking it on sos basis and the fact is that in spite regular using of those medicines since last one month not very much improvement I have found and that thing has been reported to my Doctor by sms and he suggested for waiting and using this medication as per his advice before revisit to him in the next month. Now much question is, Are my treatment is going on on the right track? Besides medication, do I need any more therapy like counselling by psychologist? One thing, I have to say that I am residing alone in my working place which is a remote area and my family i.e my wife with two sons, elder one being 01st years medical student and younger one class Ix student and they are residing at a place which is near about 02 hrs distance from my working place and I will normally visit my family after 15 days interval.

Dr. Juhi Parashar 95% (3903 ratings)
Masters In Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Lucknow
Hello, I am 51 years male and an Engineer, a patient of Anxiety and panic disorder since last 16 years and under the ...
Yes treatment is fine but therapy and counseling with psychotherapist will help you improve faster Consult with me or any psychologist for therapy and counseling Connect with me through text or audio on Lybrate app All the best.
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