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Author: Roger Thompson

Basic Understanding Of Panic Attacks

Fear…heart palpitations… terror, a sense of impending doom.. .dizziness… fear of fear. The words used to describe panic disorder are often frightening. But there is great hope: Treatment can benefit virtually everyone who has this condition. It is extremely important for the person who has panic disorder to learn about the problem and the availability of effective treatments and to seek help. In panic disorder, brief episodes of intense fear are accompanied by multiple physical symptoms (such as heart palpitations and dizziness) that occur repeatedly and unexpectedly in the absence of any external threat. These “panic attacks,” which are...

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Alternative Ways To Treat Panic Attacks

panic disorder with panic attacks and acute anxiety have become either more common or more diagnosed in recent years. Panic attacks are generally accompanied with the following symptoms: Palpitations, pounding heart or increased heart rate. Sweating. Trembling or shaking. Sensations of shortness of breath. Feelings of choking. Chest pain or discomfort. Nausea or abdominal distress. Feeling dizzy, unsteady, light-headed, or faint. Fear of losing control or going crazy. Fear of dying. Numbness or tingling sensations. Chills or hot flashes. Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps, but will rarely cure the problem. There are successful ways to treat panic attacks. It is not...

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We, the Mentally Ill

“Roger, on a scale of one to five in intensity, how would you rate the last week?” asked John Gaddis, a counselor with the Sanctuary Psychiatric Centers. “It’s been a four in both directions. In the same day, I’ve had feelings of total euphoria followed by thoughts of hurting myself. But I’m not worried yet. It’s not a five.” “You’re not worried?” Or maybe I’m worried. Maybe these budget cuts to mental health in Santa Barbara County will adopted. Maybe my treatment will end. Maybe my housing will be revoked. Maybe I’ll be a five and find myself without...

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