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Dx Panic Attacks Treatments:

Panic Disorders

The The Merck Manual Home Edition states
"Panic is acute, short-lived, extreme anxiety with accompanying physical symptoms.
  • Panic attacks can cause such symptoms as chest pain, choking, dizziness, nausea, and shortness of breath.
  • In panic disorder, people have many spontaneous panic attacks and usually worry about having future attacks.
  • Doctors base the diagnosis on the person's description of attacks and fears of future attacks.
  • Treatment may include antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, exposure therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Panic attacks may occur in any anxiety disorder, usually in response to a specific situation tied to the main characteristic of the disorder. For example, a person with a phobia of snakes may panic when encountering a snake. However, situational panic attacks differ from the spontaneous, unprovoked ones that often occur in panic disorder. Panic attacks are common, occurring in at least 10% of adults each year. Women are 2 to 3 times more likely than men to have panic attacks and panic disorder. Most people recover from panic attacks without treatment, but a few develop panic disorder. Panic disorder is present in 2 to 3% of the population during any 12-month period. Panic disorder usually begins in late adolescence (see Mental Health Disorders in Children: Panic Disorder) or early adulthood."

Medications Used in the Treatment:
1. Benzodiazepines: Xanax®, Niravam®, Ativan®, Klonipin®, Valium®, etc.
2. SSRIs: Zoloft®, Lexapro®, Paxil®, etc.
3. SNRIs: Effexor®XR, Cymbalta®

*[Editor] A number of natural vitamins, minerals and supplements are used internationally to treat depression/anxiety.
See  Depression/ Anxiety- All Natural Products

*[Editor] Screening for Laboratory tests may offer evidence that simple hormones may be out of balance. With these laboratory tests in hand, discuss them with your health care professional.

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