Our expert says:
Remember --- Panic Attacks almost always FEEL like physical attacks. But any physical cause of attacks that severe would have killed you long, long ago. So they are diagnosed in their own right, by their typical pattern of symptoms, and NOT by excloding every possible physical cause of each separate symptom.
You don't suffer a stroke of heart attack during a panic attack--- but it feels like it. Remember, part of what is happening is that your system is being flooded with the chemicals that induce fear as well as the symptomns that alarm you.
There are numerous drugs, as well as CBT counselling, that can help panic attacks --- discuss with your shrink what your alternatives are.
4. These are probably not, strictly, panic attacks, but related ways of handling stress dysfunctionally.
5. Yes, one can overcome this, definitely so. The fear causes fear, and as you try to avoid situations in which the attacks may occur, you constrict your like.
6. Not a shred of evidence that acupuncture helps at all.
7. We can't know whether its the right bed for you until you try it, and persist on it for a few weeks. While it's still just ink on a prescription form, it can't help at all.
All panic attacks are psychologic, with MAJOR physical symptoms, which, fortunately, are not as dangerous or harmful as they feel.
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