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Category: panic disorder

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…

The Four Causes of Panic Disorder

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THE FOUR TRIGGERS IN FORMATION The first Attack “Out of the Blue” The Primary Trigger (1): The Core Emotional Source of Panic Attacks *Mary, a 32 year old married school teacher, had just lost her father to a sudden heart attack five months ago.  The holidays were quickly approaching and, as usual, Mary had overextended herself to family and friends.  On a Monday morning during…

Causes of Panic Disorder: Blocked Emotions

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Holiday Panic Attacks The Holidays were rapidly approaching.  *Janet, a 35 year old married Nurse, was busily preparing for her family to visit. After she had completed most of her preparation, she took a break and started to thumb through a family photo album.  All of a sudden, “Out of the Blue”, she felt a wave of lightheadedness. Then, heat waves swept over her. She…

Panic Attacks and Insomnia

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Panic Attacks Keep Me up All Night The sun is starting to set.  Your mind is already consumed with terrifying sleep thoughts. “I hope I get a good night sleep tonight.  What if that dreaded heart pounding and sweats strike again, just as my head hits the pillow. What if the panic attack symptoms escalate and interrupt my sleep again.  My body feels drained from…

Can Panic Attacks Make Me Depressed?

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Setback-Depression is Secondary to Panic Disorder Abracadabra panic disappears from your life.  You found a magical technique or new method. You think “It is gone forever!” You are floating on “cloud nine.” You found the answer.  Then, all of sudden, “Out of the Blue”, just when your life seemed perfect with no major stresses or upsets, Wham! Panic attacks are back with a vengeance. It…

Future Treatment Model For Panic Disorder-A Special Report

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Training Emergency Medicine and Primary Care Doctors in Early Diagnosis and Brief Education Capturing panic disorder in its earliest, formative stages yields the ripest opportunity for rapid reversal. After the first panic attack, panic disorder patients congregate in medical settings, desperately seeking a medical explanation for their physical symptoms. Panic attack sufferers present with an array of somatic complaints include dizziness, shortness of breath, numbness and…

Causes of Panic Disorder; Stop Holiday Panic Attacks

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People Pleaser Panic Attacks Are you wondering about how to accommodate the requests from family and friends to visit and schedule time together during the holiday season?  You are not alone.  Thousands of panic attack sufferers spend considerable time planning and coordinating schedules with both family and friends to make sure everyone is happy.  The fear of hurting a loved one’s feeling and prompting disapproval…

Panic Disorder; The Phobia of Bodily Sensations

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*After the first attack strike, panic disorder patients become sensitized to natural normal bodily sensations of adrenaline.  See the list of common sensitized bodily symptoms below; A List of the Top Ten Sensitized Bodily Sensations 1)      Heart pounding 2)      Shortness of breath 3)      Lightheadedness 4)      Weakness 5)      Rubbery legs 6)      Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet 7)      Dry mouth 8)      Lump…

Panic Attacks on the Highway: Seven Thanksgiving Driving Tips for Panic Attack Sufferers

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* If you are like many Americans you are preparing to visit your family during the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday.  According to AAA, last year 33.2 million Americans traveled by car to their Thanksgiving destination.  We are filled with feelings of excitement and anticipation, as we think of reuniting with family and friends during the holiday.  However, if you are like many of my panic attack patients,…

Diagnose Panic Disorder with the Panic Checklist

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Your Panic Profile and the Three Factor Model Factor One: Your Physical feelings “Out of the Blue” Suddenly “Out of the Blue” you get hit with a wave of heart pounding, dizziness, shortness of breath, weakness and rubbery legs, there not-there feeling, disorientation, head pressure, chest pressure, blurred vision, hot and cold flashes, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, a lump in the…

Panic Disorder: The Three Types of Panic Attacks

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The following is part of a training session, I administered last Thursday to one of my panic attack sufferers. The Three Types of Panic Experiences:  Type One: The Major Emergency Room (ER) Panic Attacks Major panic attacks hit you suddenly, without apparent reason, “Out of the Blue.”  Here, there is a sudden surge of multiple bodily sensations that seem to escalate rapidly including; heart racing,…

Six Steps To Prevent Recurring Panic Attacks

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Don’t Let Panic Rust Set In It was almost a year ago that *Linda had successfully completed panicLINK.  She had been feeling so well, that the panicLINK DVD, CDs, Workbooks and Guidebook were collecting dust.  She had even misplaced some her key handouts on the 6 Take Control Training Steps. The holidays were rapidly approaching.  As usual, she was overextending herself to family and friends….

Physician Reassurance Backfires with Panic Disorder Patients

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As a panic disorder specialist, I take an active responsibility in helping my patients feel confident that their physical complaints have no organic etiology.  My day is filled with my patient’s reporting symptoms of heart palpitations, shortness of breath, chest pressure, rubbery legs, lightheaded feelings, inner trembling, numbness and tingling in the extremities, lump in the throat, knot in the stomach and head pressure, to…

Panic Disorder: Three Key Personality Traits of the Panic Prone Person

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My study of panic disorder for over three decades reveals three personality characteristics of the Panic Prone Person.  Examine the Panic Prone Personality Trait Inventory below to see how well you fit into the Pre Panic Profile. <strong>Panic Prone Personality Trait Inventory</strong> <strong>Personality Trait One: The Over Accommodator/People Pleaser…”I am Sorry Syndrome.”</strong> 1)      Do you worry excessively about what others think of you? 2)      Do worry…

Panic Attack Symptoms; 5 Take Control Training Tips

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1.       Stop False Catastrophic Thinking  When a sudden surge of shortness of breath, weakness and rubbery legs, numbness and tingling in your hand and feet, dizziness and woozy feeling, heart thumping and inner trembling, heat waves and sweats create havoc in your body, don’t add False Catastrophic Thinking.  Don’t fuel the panic attack symptoms with enemy thoughts of stroke, heart attack, brain tumor, die, I…