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Suffer from panic attacks. Heart beating fast, feels floating. How to rectify?

I have always suffered with panic artacks from the age of 14 i am now 21 but the past couple of nonths they have been teally bad i can breath just heart goes really fast feel sick and feel like i am floating and need to go asleep i have had the ambulance out a couple if times and calmed down but to feel like this everyday i dont think they are panic attacks it is taking over my lufe i have 2 children aswell i am worried there is something wrong when i feel luke this it feels like i am going to die its the worst feeling ever people just say get on with it but its scary tbe feeling can you tell me if there is something wrong i have hqd my bliid pressure done she said its perfect heqrt rate was 111 but that was with me panicing
Asked On : Sat, 9 Mar 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
dear sarwahl,
from the description given by you , I think you are likely to be suffering from generalised anxiety and panic attacks.But before reaching a definite diagnosis,other medical conditions mimicking panic attacks( like hyperthyroidism ,hypoglycemia ,some cardiac problems and rare conditions like pheochromocytoma-a benign tumor of the adrenal glands)have to be ruled out.This can be easily done by a psychiatrist or a general physician with a medical examination and necessary investigations.
After doing this ,you have to undergo evaluation by a psychiatrist for ascertaining the diagnosis and finding out other coexisting psychological problems.Most anxiety disorders are easily treated by medications,a form of non drug treatment called cognitive behavior therapy(CBT) or a combination of both.
In CBT treatment ,you are given extensive education about the physiology of anxiety and relaxation training to get control over your anxiety .In a deep relaxation state you are trained to artificially induce panic attacks by active visualisation and imagination techniques and you do it regularly,first under supervision and then independently everyday at home.Gradually you get control over your panic attacks and the frequency and duration of panic attacks diminishes.The sessions continue until you can no longer invite panic attacks finally realising that these attacks are harmless.But if you have other psychiatric problems like depression, medications are likely to give better results.
Answered: Sun, 10 Mar 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

The symptoms which you have describd are all typical of panic attacks. Increased heart rate, feeling sick, strange floating sensation, feeling like you are going to die, etc. are all common symptoms experienced during a panic attack.

Since your symptoms are prominent and you seem to be in a lot of distress and dysfunction, I would suggest that you seek professional help. There are effective treatment options for your problem - in the form of medication or counselling / psychotherapy. So, please consult a psychiatrist for a detailed psychological assessment and further treatment.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Mon, 11 Mar 2013
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