Mental health disorders

Panic disorder

About Panic disorder

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder. It causes panic attacks, which are sudden feelings of terror when there is no real danger. You may feel as if you are losing control. You may also have physical symptoms, such asFast heartbeatChest or stomach painBreathing difficultyWeakness or dizzinessSweatingFeeling hot or a cold chillTingly or numb handsPanic attacks can happen anytime, anywhere, and without warning. You may live in fear of another attack and may avoid places where you have had an attack. For some people, fear takes over their lives and they cannot leave their homes.Panic disorder is more common in women than men. It usually starts when people are young adults. Sometimes it starts when a person is under a lot of stress. Most people get better with treatment. Therapy can show you how to recognize and change your thinking patterns before they lead to panic. Medicines can also help.NIH: National Institute of Mental Health

All Medications for Panic disorder

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Panic disorder

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • Paxil, lexapro, prozac will take time to get into your system and start to work. I took xanax for a couple of weeks until the medication began to build up in my system and work. Eventually I did begin to feel much better and the attacks did stop. I have a very stressful job and high performace is a must so the paxil, prozac, etc. left me with a clear head to think and perform as I should without any type of problems. When you work in a very stressful enviroment and people lifes are in the balance you have to have clear head and be able to think and react quickly so I would highly recommend one of these drugs.

  • Knowing that this is more of a chemical imbalance I try to tell myself that I'm ok and it will pass. Daily exercise of any type really seems to help.

What’s your best coping strategy?
  • Stay in house with pets

  • Reconize when you are having an attack. Realize what is happening and focus on breathing normally. The focus on breathing will help you to relax and calm down. Get out in the sunshine as much as possible. Work in the yard, spend the day at the lake, go to the ball park all of these activities can help you to focus on other issues.

  • Breathe deep for 7 seconds, hold for 4 seconds than let it out and repeat

  • Remember when you feel like you can't breathe, it's actually that your getting too much oxygen

Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Stay in house with pets

  • Would like to her from other about yoga, excise, counseling, etc.

  • Counseling

  • Exercise, watching a funny movie or tv show. Anything to divert your attention away from the attack