Anxiety Attacks

The fear of a situation or thinking about a problem that might occur is called an anxiety attack. An anxiety attack can result in restlessness, increased heart rate, indigestion, stomach pain, sleep problems, dry mouth, feeling faint, and sweating. Work pressure, family or relationship issues, reduced mobility, etc., can result in anxiety attacks.

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Do I have chances of complete recovery from recurrent anxiety attacks?

Query: Hi. About two and a half years ago, I had a severe psychological crisis due to work-related stress. As a result, I had anxiety, hopelessness, sadness, suicidal obsession, aggressive, intrusive thoughts, and fear of being alone. For the past five months, I have been managing my symptoms well. Howeve...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and will surely help you out. Reaction to severe stress can be considered similar to burnout. You seem to have developed depression and anxiety symptoms due to work-related stress. Experiencing the symptoms again is common and is not neces...  Read Full »

My sister laughs for no reason, cries all of a sudden, has difficulty completing a sentence or focusing, and is unable to sleep. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My sister has symptoms of caffeine toxicity which mainly consist of laughing for no reason, crying all of a sudden, difficulty in completing a sentence or focusing, and inability to sleep for almost a week. She was first prescribed Quatipine which helped her in proper sleep. After that, t...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. How old is your sister? Are you having parental responsibility and looking after her? The symptoms you have reported suggest an affective disorder or mood instability problem. Oxcarbazepine and Olanzapine are effective medications that act as ...  Read Full »

I lack motivation after changing my antidepressant tablet due to long-term side effects, as suggested by my doctor. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have started using Ritalin recently, as suggested by my doctor, for lack of motivation. But I feel less motivated after taking it. Also, my childhood trauma has been manifesting, causing anger. I started using Sertraline 3 years ago, but I stopped taking it because the doctor said it...  Read Full »

Dr. Ruhi Satija

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand what you are going through. Untreated childhood traumas may cause extreme stress and mental health issues. You have mentioned the medicine you are taking, but I think you have not been taking therapy along with it. I would strongly s...  Read Full »

Are there any ways to treat my anxiety issues?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had anxiety issues for the past four years and have faced major panic attacks several times, and I face this issue majorly when I try to sleep or if I get up at midnight. Because of this, I fear nights and losing my sleep cycle. For one year, I took medication, and I stopped it wh...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. There is non-pharmacological management for your anxiety disorder, and you should follow the guidelines below to deal with it. It will help you. You should exercise 30 - 45 minutes daily, like at least going for a ...  Read Full »

I have been smoking marijuana for five years, triggering a massive panic attack. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been smoking marijuana for five years which was the norm for me at that time. I did it almost every day. But this one time (I believe now that it may have been laced with something else) triggered a massive panic attack. For a while, I assumed it was just related to anxiety. And ev...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. A panic attack is caused by palpitations, fast heart rate, and high blood pressure. During a panic attack, the sympathetic nervous system is activated, which causes the heart to beat faster, blood pressure to rise, temperature to rise, and feeli...  Read Full »

Why do I feel anxious over the past month?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 34 year old female. I have been having terrible anxiety the past month. I wake up feeling very uneasy and nervous. Almost shaky. I also feel like I literally cannot breathe. I have to take deep breaths constantly. I went to an urgent care and they tested for a blood clot in the ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern, but stopping the anxiety medicines abruptly and not taking the drugs regularly is an adverse event that aggravates the situation. Anxiety symptoms get worse if we suddenly stop taking the medications especially Lexapro (Escitalopram). Lexapro...  Read Full »

How to know if a person has anxiety disorder?

Query: Hi doctor, What can someone do to be a supportive ally to a friend, family member, or partner who has anxiety? What are the common signs that your loved one might suffer from anxiety? What are the different ways that anxiety can manifest itself? What are the most typical behaviors or symptoms? What...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to To become a supportive ally to a family member or friend partner who has anxiety, one has to accept that they have the illness. Anxiety is a psychiatric illness like any other disease or ailment. It should be clear in mind, and this helps to empathize with the patien...  Read Full »

Will HIV occur even after having a protected sex?

Query: Hi doctor, Before nine months, I had sex with a girl and this was my first exposure. I had protected sex by using condoms. I had incomplete sex as I did not release any fluid outside. But there was a precum on my penis in low quantity. After sex, I tried to remove my condom and my partner stopped m...  Read Full »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are under a lot of stress due to the exposure. From the description, I can say that you have reduced chances to get infected with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) as there was no direct mucosa to mucosa contact or blood contact. I will not recommend HIV testing ag...  Read Full »

I have been having increased heartbeats for 12 weeks now. What is causing it, and what can be done about it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having increased heartbeats for 12 weeks now, and yesterday it went up to 150 bpm, and I had to take an emergency ECG. Can you tell me if this ECG reading is fine? Is anxiety causing this condition, or is there anything else? Last night it was beating irregularly. I am terrif...  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Valecha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. You have not uploaded any ECG, or it may be due to some technical issue. For raised heart rates, please take tests like hemoglobin and thyroid function (Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), thyroxine (T4), and then triiodothyronine (T3)). I...  Read Full »

I am currently jobless, which makes me anxious. What should I do to overcome this?

Query: Hello doctor, Currently, I am jobless, and I am in extreme fear. I got a call for three interviews but no response from the employer. I have become very restless and full of tension. From January till this day, I have left four companies. I feel I have lost all my confidence and strength to stand ...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. Why are you so tensed and anxious all the time? We all make mistakes in life, but we return to daily life by carefully assessing our decisions so that similar findings will or should not be repeated in the future. U...  Read Full »

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