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College students and managing panic attacks

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Attending college is a fun and exciting time for students. For many it’s not only a time to learn about the things that interest you the most, but it’s also a time where you learn a lot about yourself. However, college students also must cope with a wide range of stresses and challenges – largely because so much in their lives is changing. Old relationships…

Can Panic Attacks Make You Feel Sick All The Time?

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How Many Medical Doctors Do I Have to See? *Karen, a 33 year old married school teacher and mother of 3 young children, had been feeling “constant” lightheadedness, weakness and nausea for several weeks on end? When her family Doctor could not find a medical cause for her complaints, he referred her to an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist for a further medical investigation….

Panic Attacks and the Emergency Room

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*Emergency Room Panic Attacks What fuels the powerful surges of heart pounding, dizziness, shortness of breath, weakness and rubbery legs that drive panic attack sufferers to the Emergency Room every day? Emergency Room panic attacks are what I call Fused Panic. The Two Parts of Panic Part One-Physical Sensations There are two parts to a panic attack.   Part One (physical feelings): you feel a sudden…

Digital Version of panicLINK In-Home Training Program Just Released for Immediate Access Via Subscription

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Join Dr. Blumberg In-Session Now and Experience the complete In-Home Version of panicLINK. With the click of a button, join Dr. Blumberg In-Session and experience panicLINK session by session as if you were in his office listening to his words. Do you suddenly feel dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness, rubbery legs, heat waves, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet and you are terrified that your…

Panic Disorder: Chemical Imbalance or Blocked Emotions?

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What Causes Powerful Panic Symptoms “Out of the Blue”?  Intense physical symptoms of dizziness, chest pain, shallow breathing, weakness and rubbery legs seem so intense that both the Doctor and the Patient believe the source is a medical condition.  After multiple medical investigations, doctor visits, and several trips to the ER, Sara* a 24 year recently married nurse, realized the there was nothing medically causing…

Causes of Panic Disorder: Separation Anxiety

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Living Panic-Free Living panic-free is not a simple matter. Panic disorder is a complex condition. The causes are multi-factorial. Psychological, biological and interpersonal factors often combine over time building up to that first panic attack “Out of the Blue.” Panic episodes often wax and wane on their own, even without intervention. Oftentimes, just when you think you beat panic for good, another wave of panic…

Five Travel Tips for Panic Attack Sufferers

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How to Prepare For Your Panic-Free Summer Vacation If you are like many Americans, you are planning or getting ready to take a summer vacation. Sounds very exciting. Aruba. A cross-country jaunt. Or a short trip overnight to the coast! What is exciting for the panic-free community can be agony for a panic sufferer. Why? The Core Fear Is Being Trapped Far From Safety Whether…

Should I Start on Anxiety Medication for Panic Control?

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Anti-Panic Medication Can Interfere With the Effectiveness of CBT A variety of pharmacological treatments (anti-depressants and minor tranquilizers) have been shown to be effective in regulating panic attacks. However, Anthony and Swinson (2000) reviewed research which show that the addition of anti-panic medications to Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) for panic disorder can diminish the effectiveness of CBT.  Furthermore, outcome studies examining long-term treatment outcomes show…

Is Relaxation Therapy a Treatment for Panic Disorder?

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Relaxation Therapy Triggers More Panic Attacks From 1981-1983, when I was on the Faculty in the Department of Family Practice at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY, I quickly evolved the fundamental components of panicLINK. Intuitively, I felt relaxation training would NOT be a critical component in the treatment of panic disorder. Wolpe (1976) introduced Deep Muscle Relaxation (DMR) Training as a counter conditioning agent…

Stare Down Your Panic Attacks

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Take a look at this sample from the panicLINK Audio Program Component. Session 8-The Big Picture on the Road to a Panic Free Lifestyle: CD#10 Track 3. Don’t Blink The takeCONTROL training method: Finish off panic when you have panic on the run. Become completely fearless in the face of symptoms. Symptoms obey you when you stare down the bodily sensations of adrenaline. Feel the…

Summer Anxiety Attacks: Shedding Light On Lightheadedness

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Have you ever been lightheaded after taking a spin on the rides at a summer carnival? After vigorous exercise? Or felt lightheaded after having been swept away by love? Do you watch the weather channel and plan your day around the heat waves of August, dreading that you might get overheated and collapse from heat exhaustion. Well to a panic attack sufferer the wonderful, normal…

Evidence-Based Psychological Models for Panic Disorder

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Cognitive Models of Panic Disorder David Clark (1986) and Aaron Beck (1989) view panic attacks as a catastrophic misinterpretation of harmless bodily sensations. For example, a patient notices an increase in his heart rate and thinks the increased heart race is a sign of a heart attack. The alarming thought, “I am having a heart attack” increases the fear level and the heart races even…

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I try to maintain a free and open environment in which we can engage in meaningful dialogue about panic disorder and related subjects. As such, I welcome your comments on this blog. By commenting on this blog, you are agreeing to the following: Comments will be posted to the blog only after being approved by a moderator to ensure the quality of this forum. Your…