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Panic Disorder?

I am 14 and have Panic Disorder. The thing is I always get this:
On the side of my rib cage where my heart is it hurts like 20 times a day for 1-2 seconds sometimes 3 seconds. This gets me very anxious thus causing more fears. I am growing my parents say it can be because your rib cage is getting larger im 5'6" 105 pounds. Skinny and tall basically. Could a professional or anyone who has experienced this for like as long as me which is 2 months respond .

Thank You,
I appreciate it

I was diagnosed w/panic disorder 3 years ago. This is NOT what you have. Do you have Doctor to diagnose your physical problem? Go see a medical doctor....your descriptions are physical, not mental. Best wishes.  (+ info)

Panic disorder?

I havent been diagnosed with panic disorder yet but Im sure I will be as I have them everyday and I have done for about 6 to seven months and they just keep getting worse.
What Im worried about is sometimes I get extremely depressed, is that part of panic disorder and will medication for it help it go away?

Thanks in advance

My mom is on zoloft to help with her depression and anxiety- panic attacks. She's been on them for about a year and she hasn't had anymore panic attacks. She seems like a much happier person now.  (+ info)

panic disorder????????????????

I have panic disorder and anxiety.Its driving me nuts.My whole day is consumed of me worrying that theres something wrong with me and that i will lose my mind or go mental and end up in a mental hospital.i do take prozak,buspar,and klonozapin.does any1 else have this problem?what would help me get my normal life back?

Well, first of all your taking 3 prescriptions. Try something more natural and take 1 instead of 3. Look online for more natural alternatives. There's lots of things that you can get a walmart for example, ginko biloba, kava kava, st. johns wort, and these are all in easy pill forms. I have anxiety and it sucks. Its like you think and over analyze everything, but remember your just thinking too much to yourself, No one is thinking as much as you do. Hope it helps. Your not the only one : ) ....(did i write that okay? did that sound stupid..the over analyzing me.) lol  (+ info)

What is the best antidepressant for panic disorder?

I have severe panic disorder, next week I see the doc, I want to suggest an antidepressant for me for this. I am weening off of xanax right now, he wants to put me on an antidepressant. Anyone have any expierience with this?

Theres several...and really it all just depends. The effects of any of the medications (Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac, Lexapro, Welbutrin...aka Zyban...etc., etc., the list goes on forever) on any one certain person varies so much its kind of a guessing game. For me, none of the above so far, but Elavil and Trazadone are good and they are antidepressants, but they make you sleepy. Although I dont really think that matters much since you are being weaned off xanax right now. Elavil (amitryptiline) and trazadone are inexpensive, but they are older medications and they may be difficult to get a dr to prescribe since they tend to prescribe the newer ones with less side effects. Good luck  (+ info)

What is a good medication for panic disorder and social anxiety?

I have severe panic disorder and social anxiety and I was prescribed trileptol and celexa. I've been taking them for almost a year now, and I haven't noticed any change physically or mentally. Is there a different medication I should be taking?

Listen, I will suggest a medication, but I have a couple of things to say that WILL help you ALOT. Because medication is not always the answer.

You may need to take a medication for social anxiety but by all means, do not take short acting medications like klonopin,xanax , or adivan. You will become reliant on these meds. If you must take a medication try Seroquel XR(extended release, to mellow you out throughout the day) It will knock you out each time you take them for the first week or so, but after that it helps alot. Stick to a medium dose- you don't want to end up a zombie.

Some tips:
-The more you expose yourself to social situations, the easier they become to deal with. You will be a little less anxious each time.

-Do not bail out, quit, or stay at home because that will only make the problem worse. [the opposite of the therapeutic effects of exposure.]

Finally- emotions come in waves. You need to jump in, stop thinking so much, and wait for the wave to pass. They always do. Good luck. You have one life to live.  (+ info)

What are some credible sources of a panic disorder?

I am doing a project for school, and we have to state causes of a panic disorder, and credible sources of a panic disorder. I don't really know what credible sources are, so if you do i'd appreciate some help !
Thanks :)

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How many panic attacks does one have to experience to be diagnosed with Panic Disorder?

I was curious about this. I have been recently diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder and I think I have been also diagnosed with Panic Disorder, but I am not sure. How many panic attacks does someone have to have to be diagnosed with Panic Disorder?

Negative emotions (like sadness, stress, anger, etc.) causes your Serotonin production to be low; when your Serotonin level is low, you are more prone to getting Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression, etc.

Medication like Antidepressants (SSRI - Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) helps to boost Serotonin level.

But there are natural ways to do it without medication. There's this strange herb called "St John's Wort" - it is said to be more effective than Prozac. No, it is not for mild depression only and ignore those sayings. In fact, it does help anxiety and panic-attacks as St John's Wort works like prozac. Other natural ways will be exercise, diet, more exposure to light, etc.
The problem is that, even if your Serotonin is balanced... you have that "learned behavior" in your mind. You need to break that initial cycle to destroy that learned behavior - Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) does this. A technique that you can use without CBT will be Distraction... There are several other techniques to help cope them!
Ok, to use Distraction: Firstly, try to....

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How long does panic disorder typically last?

I've developed a severe panic disorder (lots of panic attacks and general anxiety) over the past couple months that seems unusual to me. I'm seeking therapy for it and the medication I've been put on for it, Xanax, hasn't been helping me. I'm considering taking an SSRI the doctor recommends but I don't know if it will help either. Does this stuff typically go away on it's own or am I just stuck with this?

Hi - for some people panic attacks occur seemingly out of nowhere, and go away as fast. But for others panic disorder is something that they have to deal with for many years or their entire lifetime.

Part of the challenge is that the causes of panic disorder are not completely understood (no mental health condition is actually!). There's quite a bit of evidence from clinical studies that the condition may result from a genetic imbalance of the the neurotransmitter serotonin. Of all the anxiety disorders, Panic Disorder has been the most extensively studied from a genetic standpoint, and family and twin studies have consistently demonstrated that PD runs in families. Studies have found that an individual is 8 times more likely to develop Panic Disorder if a family member has been diagnosed with it. Other risk factors for Panic Disorder include: alcohol, smoking, or drinking large amounts of coffee or other caffeinated beverages; taking medications known to trigger panic attacks, such as those used to treat asthma or heart problems; having mitral valve prolapse, a heart condition in which one of the valves in the heart does not close as it should; and experiencing an episode of major depression.

Current thinking is that if you are having panic attacks more than a couple times a week, that an antidepressant might be a better treatment strategy than a benzodiazepine sedative like Xanax. A newer SSRI like Lexapro (Escitalopram) seems to work well for a lot of people with panic, and is a relatively "clean" med in terms of side effects compared with other antidepressants.

Good to hear that you are doing therapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is generally viewed as the most effective form of psychotherapy for treating panic attacks. CBT has been found to reduce sypmtoms in 70-90% of individuals with Panic Disorder and agoraphobia. CBT involves the use of such techniques as thought-stopping, gradual challenging of irrational behaviors, identifying triggers and separating them from the attacks themselves, systematic desensitization that is focused on the physical sensations of a panic attack, etc.

Hang in there...panic disorder is considered to be one of the most treatable of the anxiety disorders, and you can have every reasonable expectation that your attacks will lessen with time and treatment.  (+ info)

Does Serendyn really work to aliviate anxiety and panic disorder?

Iv been looking for a Natural Supplements to help alleviate anxiety and Panic disorder, and I heard that this is a Natural Supplement to significantly alleviate Anxiety and Panic attacks.

Has anyone taken Serendyn? Does it really work?

There are 2 programs out there that are famous for treating Panic Attacks and Anxiety successfully.
They are: Panic Away and The Linden Method.

You may wonder, "Which one is better?" Don't worry, you're not the only one with that question.

The Panic Away program is more appropriate for people who can cope with their Panic Attacks or Anxiety well.
Linden Method is more for those who aren't really good in coping their Panic Attacks or Anxiety well.

Check out the reference for the full comparison.  (+ info)

What are the side effects of the medication prescribed for panic disorder?

I heard that the medication for panic disorder is unhealthy and brings side effects in the future. What kinds of side effects does it bring and how is it unhealthy?

It really depends on the medication, and how your body reacts to it. You didn't list one here. Everyone is different and may have different side effects.

They can range from sleeplessness, to dry mouth, to loss of libido.

The biggest concern dependence on the medication. If you can work with a health professional to confront your panic attacks in a non chemical way, that would be awesome. This is no small task, I realize. But I've had friends who've used this approach (with a doctor) and it gave them proper perspective. After all, it's a mental condition and it's something you can take charge of with the right help.

Best wishes to you!  (+ info)

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