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I have serious anxiety problems and was wonderin if there

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Hi there i have serious anxiety problems and was wonderin if there was anything out there that could help me with panic attacks this is all due to a very traumatic experience that i had 2 weeks ago
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 4 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 4 months ago.

The best way to deal with panic is a comprehensive approach. It can be treated by the following measures by yourself;

1) Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and operant-behavioral therapy (OBT); done by a psychologist but there are internet based approach nowadays too. CBT has higher efficacy and lower relapse rates.

2) Relaxation training and biofeedback.

3) Hypnosis

4) Acupuncture and acupressure

5) Yoga

6) Meditation

7) Group sporting activities

8) St. John's wort

9) Melatonin
10) Valerian root

11) Deep breathing exercises.

A major component of therapy involves understanding and assuring yourself that the symptoms are neither from a serious medical condition nor from a mental deficiency but rather from a chemical imbalance in the fight or flight response. CBT helps to understand how automatic thoughts and false beliefs/distortions lead to exaggerated emotional responses, such as panic, and how they can lead to secondary behavioral consequences.Cognitive restructuring involves substituting positive thoughts and getting rid of negative thoughts. Some studies have suggested that high importance to religion and religious practices also improve panic symptoms and prevent recurrences.

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Customer: replied 4 months ago.
My original gp prescribed me a small course of xanax which has helped immensly do you think that it would be a good idea to obtain another prescription?
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 4 months ago.

Xanax causes dependence. so currently is out of favor for any long term management. For short term it may be right.

Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 4 months ago.

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