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Overcoming panic attack - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My regular Doctor has left on a family emergency for the next couple of weeks,he has been treating me with severe panic attacks he suggested (or his nurse)that I find someone to help me until he gets back.the medication he has had me on is called aprozalom 2ml three times a day for the past three years.
I been told I can go into shock but I am new here and I dot know who can help,I called around but must places are already booked for he day and that would leave me the whole weekend with a big problem in my hands.what would you suggest                                                                 
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   let me read
Doctor :   panic attack is not a physical disease and will not cause any serious harm
Doctor :   it is the physical expression of internal worries
Doctor :   as previously put on you can continue the aprozalom
Doctor :   now adopt prevention technique
User :   I have been to the ER twice in the last year due to this problem. I have kids I cannot be feeling like this in front of them
Doctor :   panic attack is not a physical disease and it does not cause life threatening consequences
Doctor :   have you been taught relaxation technique ?
User :   I have tried everything for the moment being the only way has been continue taken until my stress level goes down
Doctor :   medications are not the treatment for the panic attack, it is only part of the treatment
Doctor :   relaxation technique, counselling, CBT, lifestyle modifications and occupational modifications along with the medications will help in overcoming the panic attack
User :   Doctor: I know if you ever experience how horrible this can be you may probably understand why I am asking for help maybe you cannot help but there may be someone you know that I may be able to see
Doctor :   yes i have treated many of the panic attack patients in the emergency room
Doctor :   all it need is you should understand that medicine is not the only way to treat
Doctor :   it will only abort the symptoms at the moment
Doctor :   and the symptoms do come back and back again
Doctor :   for the week end follow this
Doctor :   you can continue the medication you are taking presently
Doctor :   you indulge in a sports or recreational activity with your family
Doctor :   if you feel that you are getting a panic attack, just lie down and try to take a deep breath hold it as long as possible and release
Doctor :   it should be like this
Doctor :   hold the breath and start to count
Doctor :   everytime you increase one or two count before you exhale
Doctor :   this will abort the panic attack.
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