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Getting Symptoms of Panic attacks - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Im 16 and i have gotten 3 self -diagnosed panic attacks in the past 3 or 4 weeks. This is the first time this has ever happened to me. I am in a high-stress situation as i am currently studying in ... for a year during high school, and I have not seen my family in 3 months. I am quite positive these are panic attacks because I have read about them after getting them a few times, and all of the symptoms fit perfectly: trembling, increased heart rate, trouble breathing and swallowing, weakness, etc. I am curious as to how I could learn to handle these panic attacks on my own, as I will not be with my parents for the next 6 months. Please help!
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr AAAAAAA here
Doctor :   let me read what you have typed
User :   hi
User :   okay, thanks
Doctor :   your symptoms do suggest possibility of panic attacks.
Doctor :   you can learn to control them by practicing relaxation techniques
Doctor :   or indulging in your favorite game, listening to music, taking hot bath, cycling etc
User :   okay
User :   so is this something that will last forever?
Doctor :   no, it will not last forever
Doctor :   you can over come it completely with counseling and if severe with medications added with counseling.
User :   so, it's basically something i have to learn to control mentally, right?
Doctor :   yes, mostly
Doctor :   if teh relaxation techniques fail to give relief
Doctor :   then you will need professional help
Doctor :   with counseling and medications.
User :   okay, thank you so much Dr..
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me. bye for now
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