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Anxiety, feel like dying. Reason and treatment?

hi iam 21 year old girl , ive taking soo many test on my body to see what was wrong with me and the results was nothing iam healthy as can be, the problem was i have panic/anxioty problems, but i seeing a theropist and iam on two medications for it. but my ? is why when iam asleep ill wake up but on that point once in a blew moon ill feel like iam dying and then i freak out, and i jump my self to make sure iam alive. like it feels like my body shuts down for a second and i need that jump to start it again. after a couple min iam fine again but i dont fall back to sleep cause iam wide awake or cause sometimes am afraid ill dye if i go back to bed. whats wrong with me?
Asked On : Mon, 26 Mar 2012
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Hi and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your question...

From the symptoms you describe you seem to be having a nocturnal panic attack. Panic attacks can sometimes occur in the night and the kind of symptoms and the timing which you describe seem to be indicative of a nocturnal panic attack. Also, when people have panic attacks repeatedly they can also develop a sense of apprehension or fear of getting another attack... This is called 'anticipatory anxiety', which is what you seem to be experiencing.

You have mentioned that you have been thoroughly investigated and that all medical tests have come out as normal. You have also mentioned that you are already seeing a therapist and are on medication. I suggest that you discuss with your therapist to see whether the dosage of your medication needs to be increased or whether you would benefit from any additional psychotherapy.

All the best.

-Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Tue, 22 May 2012
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