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If I have a panic/ anxiety attack what are good there is a

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If I have a panic/ anxiety attack what are good there is a tendency that once I start getting anxious it just gets worse and worse and I can't stop it. This is causing me many sleepless nights. I need to stop the anxiety so I can relax enough to fall asleep.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Lisa, MSN, FNP-BC, CCRN replied 7 years ago.

Hello;

 

Thank you for writing in tonight. What you are describing is very common. Once your anxiety starts, you can lose your ability to effectively cope; therefore, anxiety can keep building and become difficult to control. Anxiety can cause a great deal of sleeping disorder, including insomnia. In your particular case and based on your description of the anxiety as it builds, it sounds like you do have a legitimate anxiety disorder. You will need to be evaluated by a provider. You can both talk about a treatment regimen. By treatment regimen, I don't mean only pharmaceuticals. There is a wide variety of options, depending on your needs. For example, some options may include therapy (perhaps there is a core issue causing your anxiety), meditation, visualization techniques, deep breathing exercises, sound and aroma therapies. As for pharmaceuticals, there is a wide variety of medications to treat both anxiety and insomnia. Also, anxiety can sometimes be a symptom of other disorders, such as depression.

 

I hope this helps. If you have any additional questions, concerns, or would like this information clarified, please let me know.

 

Ms. Lisa

Expert:  Lisa, MSN, FNP-BC, CCRN replied 7 years ago.

Until you can get in with your provider, you may consider trying some of techniques to promote sleep. I had a great list once. I will try and find one for you.

 

Ms. Lisa

 

 

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.

Often at night I get anxiety and panic attacks and worry about going to sleep in case something happens when I'm asleep. I know this is a fabrication of my mind but how do I calm myself or relax myself in the immediate short term so I can get to sleep. Long term I plan on continuing with the acupuncture and seeking professional treatment.

Expert:  Lisa, MSN, FNP-BC, CCRN replied 7 years ago.

Hello;

 

Thank you for responding. The fact that your anxiety even permeates your sleep is concerning. You will likely need professional intervention and management. In the meantime, I am attaching some links for you to read and review. They may offer some suggestions to help you sleep and calm your anxiety until you can seek care. I would recommend seeking evaluation as soon as possible. Although this is likely related to a psychological problem, anxiety can be a symptom of a physical problem too. I realize that the you may be familiar with some of the information presented, such as reducing stress and caffeine intake; however, you may discover something new. Also, if you do not have a specific bedtime routine and a set bedtime/wake schedule. I would strongly encourage this. Also, if you are having some problems in your life, I would encourage you to use your support system, friends and family, to lean on. Sometimes just talking about stress and problems can be very therapeutic.

 

http://www.aafp.org/afp/990401ap/990401g.html

 

http://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/tc/anxiety-home-treatment

 

http://www.sleepfoundation.org/sleep-facts-information/faculty-lounge

 

I hope this helps. If you have any additional questions, concerns, or would like to discuss this further, please let me know.

 

Ms. Lisa