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How to get rid of anxiety?

I just got back from the doctor and I have a history of anxiety attacks. My heart rate was 115. They did an EKG and my rhythm is normal but obviously it's fast. I'm about 10 weeks pregnant and before the pregnancy my heart rate was about 92bpm with taking a beta blocker. Is this cause for concern?
Thu, 22 May 2014
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Hello,
you are pregnant and first trimester is going on - so, one should preffably avoid all meds which one can.

You can do walking and deep breathing exercise for relaxation till three months pass..later we can start some anti anxiety mediicine if needed.

You made a mistake in not taking proper anti anxiety treatment in past. You took only beta blocker which is not the right treatment for your problem. Had you taken something like sertraline or paroxetine you would have been much better off now.
Let it be , try to parctice deep relaxed breathing- this is very helpful. Do it five to ten minutes, 3times a day at least.

If still your anxiety is not controlled at all, then we may have to put you on suitable medicine in lowest possible dose.

Good luck!
Dr. Manisha Gopal
MD Psychiatry
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How to get rid of anxiety?

Hello, you are pregnant and first trimester is going on - so, one should preffably avoid all meds which one can. You can do walking and deep breathing exercise for relaxation till three months pass..later we can start some anti anxiety mediicine if needed. You made a mistake in not taking proper anti anxiety treatment in past. You took only beta blocker which is not the right treatment for your problem. Had you taken something like sertraline or paroxetine you would have been much better off now. Let it be , try to parctice deep relaxed breathing- this is very helpful. Do it five to ten minutes, 3times a day at least. If still your anxiety is not controlled at all, then we may have to put you on suitable medicine in lowest possible dose. Good luck! Dr. Manisha Gopal MD Psychiatry