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Category: panic disorder

Panic Disorder: The Mother of All Fears

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The Fear of Fear What distinguishes panic attacks from other types of fears and phobias? In a specific phobia of dogs, heights or air travel, the feared stimulus is external. In a dog phobia, if you escape or avoid the dog, your fear subsides. The exact opposite is true in panic disorder. In this condition, the fear is inside your body. The fear is internal….

Panic Attacks During Pregnancy

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“I used medication to control my panic attacks for two years.  Now, I am planning a pregnancy and I want to be medication free during my pregnancy. I hope those awful panic attacks don’t come back into my life during my pregnancy.  What can I do to prevent a relapse? What If the panic attacks return with a vengeance when I go off my medication…

Panic Attacks at the Airport

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The Call from the Airport *Yesterday, I received a frantic call from one of my patients.  Dorothy was at the airport, waiting to board a flight to attend her sister’s wedding.  We had just started panicLINK training.  I had created a special audio program to help prepare her to take control of panic attacks on her flight to California. She said in a desperate tone,…

What Causes Panic Attacks When I Am Home Alone With My Children?

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Home Alone Panic Attacks *Ever since the birth of her second child, Susan, a 34 year old married accountant, has been experiencing severe panic attacks “Out of the Blue.” Her first panic attack hit suddenly when she was home alone with her two children while her husband was away on a business trip.  Susan still remembers the sudden surge of weakness and lightheaded that swept…

Panic Disorder-The Mind-Body Connection

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This educational information should be used in consultation with your doctor to confirm a diagnosis and to review available treatments for panic disorder. THE MIND-BODY CHECKLIST FOR PANIC ONLY Do You Fit The Panic Profile? Do you live in fear of panic symptoms? Do you wake up in the morning wondering “Will my heart pound today?” Worry about panic symptoms can trigger symptoms Sometimes can…

What is the Root Cause of My Panic Attacks?

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The Psychological Basis of Panic Disorder What Does My Personality Style Have to Do with Panic Attacks? The People Pleasing Personality Are you an over accommodator? Do you bend over backwards to make others happy? Do you constantly fear that other people will be mad at you? Do you avoid conflict and confrontation? Are you “always there” for others? Do you over identify with the…

What Is Causing My Panic Attack Symptoms?

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*Uncertainty about the Cause of Panic Attack Symptoms Initial panic attacks appear “Out of the Blue” for no apparent reason. Experiencing intense physical sensations with no explanation can be very disconcerting.  You immediately think “Why am I feeling this way? What could be causing me to feel such intense surges of physical sensations in my body?”  Uncertainty about the cause of intense physical sensations prompts…

How Do I Know I Have Panic Disorder?

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Even though your physician has reassured you over and over again that you are in good physical health The Panic Symptom Checklist Do you wake up in the morning with heart pounding and shortness of breath and wonder, why am I feeling this way? Do you get lightheaded before you leave to go out and worry that you might faint at the wheel? Do you…

Panic Disorder Prevention

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*Emergency Room Panic Attacks When you are awakened at 2:00am with your heart thumping “out of your chest” and you are gasping for what you believe could be your last breath, naturally you call 911 and race to the ER.  A complete battery of tests indicates nothing is wrong medically and the Doctor asks you whether you are under stress.  This makes no sense!  Your…

Panic Attack Triggers-Exercise

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Can Running up a flight of stairs cause a panic attack? Are You a Catastrophic Thinker? Panic attack victims are catastrophic thinkers.  They think the worst! When panic attack symptoms hit you for no apparent reason, the catastrophic thinker misinterprets normal bodily sensations of adrenaline as a sign of danger. Strong surges of lightheadedness tricks you into thinking you will go down on the spot….

How To Normalize Panic Attack Symptoms

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The first unexpected sudden surge of heart pounding, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, weakness, rubbery legs, jelly legs, shallow breathing, chest tightness and numbness and tingling can be very terrifying.  Without even realizing it, your alarming reaction to these normal bodily sensations fuels the symptoms.  The panic attack symptoms can rapidly spiral into a full-blown panic attack. Your Body Bit You and Body Sensitization The first…

Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder-A Prevention Model

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Panic Disorder and Emotional Stuffing Panic attack sufferers tend to hold in their emotions. Oftentimes, they associate emotional expression with loss of control and signs of weakness. They tend to avoid conflict and confrontation in significant relationships for fear of hurting other’s feelings.  They are also prone to excessive worry about the safety and well-being of their family and friends and can be especially sensitive…

Panic Attack Causes: Trapped Situations

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Market Place Panic attacks *When a sudden surge of heart pounding, dizziness, and shortness of breath hit you unexpectedly while shopping in the market place, your first thought is “Why am I feeling this way?  What is causing me to feel this way?” Naturally, worrisome, terrifying thoughts flood your mind like “Faint, Heart Attack, Stroke, Collapse and Make a Scene in Public.”  The sudden urge…

Causes of Panic Disorder; The Panic Imitator

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Can Caffeinated Coffee Trigger Panic Attacks? Coffee: To Drink or Not To Drink Many panic attack victims tell me they have read and been advised that caffeine can trigger panic attacks. In many instances, the panic disorder sufferer has been instructed to eliminate caffeine from their diet to control panic attacks. The ingestion of caffeine has nothing to do with the production of panic attacks. …

The Cause of “Out of the Blue” Panic Attacks

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*If you are like most of my patients, that first panic attack struck “Out of the Blue” for no apparent reason.  This sudden unexplained surge of physical feelings like weakness, shallow breathing, heart racing and rubbery legs can be very terrifying.  The experience of panic attack symptoms “Out of the Blue” immediately makes you think something terrible is happening…either a severe physical reaction or loss…