CategoryPanic Disorders

Panic Attack Medication – Your Options and Whether it Works

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If you suffer from frequent panic attacks then you will no doubt know just how invasive, scary and unpleasant they can be. Moreover, if you have panic attack disorder and it is causing you to have frequent attacks when you are out in public, it may also be potentially dangerous, embarrassing and inconvenient. With all that in mind, you’ll probably be looking for treatment and one option...

Panic Disorder With Agoraphobia

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While many things can trigger panic attacks, one of the most common causes is agoraphobia. Agoraphobia is often thought of as being a fear of open spaces but as we will see it is actually somewhat more complicated than that. Here we will look at what agoraphobia is, how it relates to panic attacks and at how you can treat the condition. What Is Panic Disorder With Agoraphobia? Panic disorder is a...

Natural Remedies for Panic Attacks – Which Ones Work?

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Panic attacks are a highly unpleasant and frightening phenomenon, characterized by a rapid heartbeat, shallow breathing, dizziness, confusion, chest pain and extreme stress among other things. In the worst cases, a panic attack can cause fainting leaving you vulnerable and potentially causing injury. For all these reasons, those suffering from panic attacks will often understandably do anything...

Beta Blockers for Panic Attacks

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Beta blockers are drugs that can be used to treat and manage heart conditions, as well as anxiety disorders. Beta blockers provide some benefits that may make panic attacks easier to cope with and work slightly differently from other medications such as benzodiazepines. How Beta Blockers Work Beta blockers work specifically by reducing the actions of the ‘catecholamine’...

How to Stop Panic Attacks With CBT

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Panic attacks are highly stressful events that can be best describes as extreme stress attacks. Here the body goes into a severe ‘fight or flight’ response but mismanagement of those symptoms then exacerbates the situation to the point where dizziness, shortness of breath and a sensation of ‘unreality’ become common. Panic attacks can affect anyone and in fact almost...

Why Do You Get Panic Attacks at Night

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Panic attacks are exaggerated stress responses that are often made worse by a sufferer’s misinterpretation of their symptoms. Panic attacks are caused by the fight or flight response which leads to elevated heart rate and blood pressure, muscle contraction and anxious thought patterns. As this gets worse it can also lead to hyperventilation, chest pain and dizziness. This in turn leads the...

Alcohol and Panic Attacks – Understanding the Connection

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Many people will use alcohol as a way to unwind and to relax – even self-medicate. Alcohol slows down our thinking, eases our stress and helps us to forget the rigors of the day. It is after all a depressant, which means that it essentially suppresses our brain activity and helps us to put on the breaks. This is similar to the way that some anti-anxiety medication such as benzodiazepines work...

What Is a Panic Attack?

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A panic attack is a short episode that can last 20 minutes to several hours. It is marked by feelings of intense dread and foreboding, along with extreme stress symptoms such as heightened heart rate and blood pressure, hyperventilation and chest pain. Panic attacks are not dangerous and will normally pass on their own. However, they are highly unpleasant and often patients can end up...

How Long Do Panic Attacks Last?

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Panic attacks are sudden onsets of acute anxiety symptoms along with other physiological effects. Essentially, this feels like the normal ‘fight or flight’ response to fear but to a greatly exaggerated extent. When they’re in full force, it’s normal to feel a sense of terrible dread, to pace uncontrollably, to have a very high heart rate, to shake and tremble and to...

Keith Hillman

Keith Hillman

Keith Hillman is a full time writer specializing in psychology as well as the broader health niche. He has a BSc degree in psychology from Surrey University, where he particularly focused on neuroscience and biological psychology. Since then, he has written countless articles on a range of topics within psychology for numerous of magazines and websites. He continues to be an avid reader of the latest studies and books on the subject, as well as self-development literature.