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Making Panic Attacks Disappear

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If you've ever had a panic attack you know they're like a tidal wave of terror. They bring in their wake breathlessness and a pounding heart. You may feel light-headed with a strong need to fall down, or your stomach may be in an uproar. You may go numb or tingle like mad. You may flash from hot to cold to hot again.

There are the (relatively) mild panic attacks -- although if you are the person having one it may not seem mild at all. And then there are the big brutes. Panic attacks may eventually transform into full-blown phobias like agoraphobia, a fear of open places.

Some people grit their teeth and white-knuckle their way through a panic attack. Some doctors prescribe antidepressants or recommend cognitive behavioral therapy.

Dr. Andrew Weil has another approach to dissolving panic attacks, even preventing them from arising.

"Following the practices of a healthy lifestyle can help, including eating well and getting regular exercise. Using mind-body approaches and relaxation techniques to reduce stress and anxiety can also help keep you centered and minimize the impact of panic attacks."


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On March 22, 2004 the FDA wanred of increasing anxiety and panic attacks from antidepressants so caution is required.

The Physicians Desk Reference states that SSRI antidepressants and all antidepressants can cause mania, psychosis, abnormal thinking, paranoia, hostility, etc. These side effects can also appear during withdrawal. Also, these adverse reactions are not listed as Rare but are listed as either Frequent or Infrequent.

Go to www.SSRIstories.com where there are over 3,700 cases, with the full media article available, involving bizarre murders, suicides, school shootings/incidents [54 of these] and murder-suicides - all of which involve SSRI antidepressants like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, etc, . The media article usually tells which SSRI antidepressant the perpetrator was taking or had been using.

April 20, 2010 - 7:56am
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