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Suggest treatment for panic attacks

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Posted on Thu, 12 May 2016
Question: At times when I fall asleep in the family room and wake up I have this panicked feeling which sometimes last anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour. My pulse is normal, but I feel like I would if my heart were racing. I go back to bed and lay there feeling panicked and not sure what is going on. I have no other symptoms.

Male 37 300 pounds. I take metroprolol and lisinipril for hypertension. I also have panic and anxiety disorders
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Answered by Dr. Alexander H. Sheppe (7 minutes later)
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Detailed Answer:
Hello, and thanks for your question.

What you are describing is a panic attack, which can be common in people with panic and anxiety disorders. I can assure you that everything is going to be okay. Do some deep breathing , listen to music, do progressive muscle relaxation, anything that keeps you calm, and this will pass.
In the long run, you would benefit from an antidepressant like Lexapro to treat panic disorder once and for all.

Please let me know if you have any further doubts / queries..

In the future, for continuity of care, I encourage you to contact me directly at my private link below. After you ask a direct question, it would be my pleasure to be your dedicated personal physician on this website. My name is Dr. Sheppe, and I am an XXXXXXX doctor working in New York City at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, ranked #1 for Psychiatry in the United States (tinyurl.com/psyrank). For a personalized comprehensive evaluation, treatment recommendations, and individual therapy, ask me at HealthCareMagic at this private link: tinyurl.com/DrSheppeAnswers
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Brief Answer: Consultation Detailed Answer: Hello, and thanks for your question. What you are describing is a panic attack, which can be common in people with panic and anxiety disorders. I can assure you that everything is going to be okay. Do some deep breathing , listen to music, do progressive muscle relaxation, anything that keeps you calm, and this will pass. In the long run, you would benefit from an antidepressant like Lexapro to treat panic disorder once and for all. Please let me know if you have any further doubts / queries.. In the future, for continuity of care, I encourage you to contact me directly at my private link below. After you ask a direct question, it would be my pleasure to be your dedicated personal physician on this website. My name is Dr. Sheppe, and I am an XXXXXXX doctor working in New York City at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, ranked #1 for Psychiatry in the United States (tinyurl.com/psyrank). For a personalized comprehensive evaluation, treatment recommendations, and individual therapy, ask me at HealthCareMagic at this private link: tinyurl.com/DrSheppeAnswers