How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. Chip Your Own Question

Dr. Chip
Dr. Chip, Doctor (MD)
Category: Health
Satisfied Customers: 23709
Experience:  Over 20 yrs of Family Practice
18722459
Type Your Health Question Here...
Dr. Chip is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I have been having severe panic attacks for several months.

Resolved Question:

I have been having severe panic attacks for several months. It wakes me up at night and I find myself getting very little sleep as a result.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
Hi--is this only a night time occurrence and why haven't you seen a doctor about it?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.


it is more frequent in the late afternoon and evenings when im done working and my mind has a chance to slow down. then I start stressing and it builds up throughout the night. I guess I'm going to bed in this state and then I sit up wide awake after being asleep awhile full of fear and anxiety.


I havent seen a doctor because I thought I could just calm myself down on my own. I'm a believer in psoitive thought and meditation but so far I haven't been able to help myself.


I work long hours and can't afford to take off to go see a doctor so thats why I'm trying to get some info from you

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
OK--then please describe in full one of these attacks
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

I've had a stressful lifesyle the past few years. I work as a civilian for the military and I deploy to Afghanistan on a regular basis. I have a wife who has been battleing breast cancer and two young boys who I miss so much when I'm gone. I stress over my oldest sons health and weight and over my wifes health issues and just about being in the hostile environment in Afghanistan and away from my family.


I am home in the USA now and have been since late April when I had to have cervicle spine surgery for ruptured discs.


Needless to say, all these things build up in me and are causing great anxiety.


I toss and turn in bed for an hour or so befor I fall asleep but it seems I sit up fully awake withing an hour like I'm waking up from a nightmare, full of fear. My mind is racing about all my worries and what if's than could happen. My wife's cancer and my childs weight issues weigh heavily on my mind and I can shut off the thoughts no matter what I do.


I'll get out of bed, go in the living room and turn on the tv trying to stop thinking about all these things. Usually after a couple hours I'm so sleepy I can fall back to sleep but by this time it's 2am and I get up at 4am to get ready for work.


I'm exhausted and not sure how much longer I can deal with this. Honestly I feel like I'm about to break down. All I can do is pray and occasionally I'll wake up my wife just so I can talk to her about how I'm feeling but I know she needs her sleep too

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
OK--and this also happens in exactly the same way during the day?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Yes during the day as well but I'm working during the day so being busy and needing to be mentally and physically available to my coworkers allows me to ward off the attacks somwhat. The fear and anxiety is there but not as severe because I have to occupy my thoughts with the matters at hand being my job

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
OK, and we can continue after this if you'd like. It really would be best for you to get therapy from a psychiatrist and there is medication that can be effective for panic attacks like Zoloft or Wellbutrin. In lieu of that, you could try St John's wort as a nonprescription alternative and that might help. You might also consider acupuncture and hypnosis therapy as adjuncts to help also
Dr. Chip, Doctor (MD)
Category: Health
Satisfied Customers: 23709
Experience: Over 20 yrs of Family Practice
Dr. Chip and 6 other Health Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
< Last | Next >
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
  • I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well! Claudia Albuquerque, NM
  • Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion. Kevin Beaverton, OR
  • Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
    I feel better already! Thank you.
    Elanor Tracy, CA
  • Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem. Julie Lockesburg, AR
  • You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions. John and Stefanie Tucson, AZ
  • I have been dealing with an extremely serious health crisis for over three years, and one your physicians asked me more questions, gave me more answers and encouragement than a dozen different doctors who have been treating me!! Janet V Phoenix, AZ
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Nurse Milli, RN

    Nurse (RN)

    Satisfied Customers:

    4043
    20 years experience in many areas of Nursing. Both Hospital and Private Practice experience.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/NU/nursescare4u/2013-3-31_03429_JApic.64x64.jpg Nurse Milli, RN's Avatar

    Nurse Milli, RN

    Nurse (RN)

    Satisfied Customers:

    4043
    20 years experience in many areas of Nursing. Both Hospital and Private Practice experience.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/agketch/2008-7-14_184046_drketchresized.jpg Dr. Ketch's Avatar

    Dr. Ketch

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    102
    Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/FA/FamilyPhysician/2013-8-31_191624_JA550x500Photo.64x64.jpg Family Physician's Avatar

    Family Physician

    Doctor (MD)

    Satisfied Customers:

    5622
    Emergency Medicine and Family Practice for over 26 years
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/drphophalia/2007-08-23_095626_dr._arun_phophalia.jpg Dr. Arun Phophalia's Avatar

    Dr. Arun Phophalia

    Doctor (MD)

    Satisfied Customers:

    17025
    MBBS, MS (General Surgery), Fellowship in Sports Medicine
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VA/VANP/2012-6-6_235535_Skye2.64x64.jpg A. Schuyler, NP's Avatar

    A. Schuyler, NP

    Nurse Practitioner

    Satisfied Customers:

    12170
    Board Certified NP, MS, RN. Private practice & hospitalist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/TA/tazechip/2012-6-7_135230_drpic.64x64.png Dr. Chip's Avatar

    Dr. Chip

    Doctor (MD)

    Satisfied Customers:

    10029
    Over 20 yrs of Family Practice
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/neurosurg/2009-10-06_120923_profile.jpg Dr. Mark's Avatar

    Dr. Mark

    Doctor (MD)

    Satisfied Customers:

    6234
    U.S. Physician/Surgeon in Neurosurgery
 
 
 
Chat Now With A Health Professional
Dr. Chip
Dr. Chip
Medical Director
11414 Satisfied Customers
Over 20 yrs of Family Practice