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Forum Name: Psychiatric Topics

Question: Anxiety or Panic attack?

 BITTERSWEET - Sat Aug 21, 2004 5:25 pm

I've been having weird episodes. I am fine,then all of a sudden, I'm panicky,shaking,can't breathe,and get light headed. sometimes I think I'm going to pass out.. I have a feeling of being terrified and I don't know why. This comes out of nowhere and lasts for about an hour or two. I get scared because I have a 2 year old and I'm home with him alone. please help. I've had this for 8 years.My doctor has prescribed Buspar,Paxil, and several other meds. But nothing seems to help. What would you suggest?
 Dr. Yasser Mokhtar - Sun Aug 22, 2004 10:58 am

User avatar Dear Jody,

These are panic attacks, if your doctor that you are referring to is not a psychiatrist, it is time to see one.

These panic attacks might be part of other psych disorders or have become themselves something called panic disorder.

Panic attacks/disorder can be treated by medications but sometimes medications are not that effective and the patient has to undergo psychotherapy and behavioral therapy.

Thank you very much for using our website and i hope that this information helped.

Yasser Mokhtar, M.D.

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