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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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

Dermatologist, Venereologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Cosmetologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner

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 discomfort in abdomen after continuous pinching and palpation of veins. Do I have anxiety?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 20-year-old male suffering from a kind of health anxiety. Before the pandemic, I was anxious about my health. I had a change in my bowel habits and because of this, I started to pinch and touch my abdominal wall constantly. I palpated some veins under my skin and started examining ...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj Patil

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician, Diabetologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The veins in the abdomen cannot be palpated unless there is a severe liver disease or a block in the major vein that brings blood back to the heart. So it has to be ruled that there are engorged veins in the absence of any disease. The next concern is about your repeate...  Read Full »

Is it advisable to take Ativan 0.5 mg for a prolonged period?

Query: Hello doctor, I cannot get in touch with my current psychiatrist until next month, and I have a concern that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. I have been prescribed Ativan 0.5 mg four months back. At the time, I was dealing with severe anxiety and panic attacks. Hence, I have prescribed th...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi


Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your reply. I can understand your situation. You have an anxiety disorder. It is fine to take medication because you have anxiety. You can stop your Ativan in the future. You can taper off gradually, and it will not lead you to any withdrawal or relaps...  Read Full »

I get scared while sleeping and bite my tongue. What is the reason?

Query: Hi doctor,I have depression and anxiety and anger Issues. So, I used to get sleep paralysis a year ago but then it stopped happening itself. I never had panic attacks even with this severe depression. But a week ago I had my first panic attack and then I started having pain in my collar bone, left a...  Read Full »

Dr. Gayatri Saraf


Answer: Hi,Welcome to seem to have anxiety attacks along with a sleep disorder. The anxiety can be treated with medications from a psychiatrist. For the sleep issues, there are tests such as sleep studies available which can help diagnose what exactly it is. Usually tongue bite in sleep is u...  Read Full »

Will Zoloft help in acute anxiety and high homocysteine level?

Query: Hello doctor, My brother aged 52 years suffering from acute anxiety and fear since two weeks with homocysteine level more than 50 umol/L and IgE 122 IU/ml (other blood, urine pararmeters, and hormones are normal). He would like to start Zoloft 50 mg daily for two to three weeks. Is this fine?  Read Full »

Dr. Md Rajja

Internal Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, General Medicine Physician, Family Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your brother is suffering from acute anxiety and fear for two weeks. Take tablet Alprazolam 1.5 mg once daily for 20 days. Zoloft 5 50 mg daily for two to three weeks is also fine. Homocysteine level of more than 50 umol/L is moderately high. Causes among them are p...  Read Full »

Is it normal to feel tightness in the stomach and finding it hard to breathe?

Query: I am 21 years old. So I don't know what is going on with me but ever since I freaked out about an exam a month ago I have been having this tightness in my stomach which makes it hard to breathe sometimes. If I'm doing something or hanging out with friends I don't notice it, or it doesn't feel tight....  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj Patil

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician, Diabetologist

Answer: Hi. Looks like you have anxiety. when you have anxiety attacks you will feel racing of heart, sweaty, bloating sensation etc. Normally it do not stay for long. Alternate possibility is paroxismal atrial fibrillation in which you feel your heart is racing in irregular fashion. Looks like you are anem...  Read Full »

Can Midazolam be used for severe panic attacks?

Query: I have a friend who had severe panic attacks last week. She keeps weeping and doesn't sleep or eat much. She's a bit better now but a doctor prescribed midazolam for her. I think this medication might be not right for her. I'm greatly worried so please tell me if this prescription is right or not  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi


Answer: thank you for taking help from a psychiatrist. I can understand your situation. You seem to be a good person who is so much concern about your friend. Yes, midazolam can be used for anxiety but it is not frequently used for anxiety. There many other good medications for anxiety with lesser side effe...  Read Full »

Can Cymbalta be used for symptoms of OCD?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 32 year old man. I have been experiencing panic disorder, OCD symptoms and excessive levels of anxiety. In the last few months, major changes in my life have happened. For instance; quitting my job and moving to another city triggered my anxiety symptoms. I usually feel drowned in ...  Read Full »

Dr. Abhijeet Deshmukh

Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for describing your query in detail. To start with, you might be absolutely right in saying that the current increase in your anxiety and associated feelings could be secondary to the change of place. Change of residence and workplace is always an anxiety-provok...  Read Full »

Should I start taking Ativan after an anxiety attack?

Query: Hello, I gave birth two years ago and began suffering with PPD. I was prescribed Ativan and Zoloft. I was taken off ativan after a few months as it had done its job. I am still taking Zoloft - 100mg. For the last week or so I have been experiencing some anxious feelings and i had a full blown an...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi


Answer: thank you for taking help from a psychiatrist. I can understand your situation. I apology for late reply. You can take either tablet lorazepam 0.5mg or tablet clonazepam MD 0.5mg when you have anxiety attack. You do not need to take it daily. You can take it as per requirement. You should take mouth...  Read Full »

What can I do to manage anxiety attacks?

Query: Hi doctor, I get a type of anxiety and fear of going out somewhere. Six years ago, when I was in high school some guy gave me something to smoke. I did not know what it was. That day, I went home and I was high. The next morning I woke up fine and went to school. After some time, I started to feel l...  Read Full »

Dr. K V Anand

Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Sexologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through all your details. No panic attack itself is a positive development. This also shows that you are able to manage your anxiety disorder. There are many aspects to your issue. The first substance abuse and resultant anxiety, relationship problems with yo...  Read Full »

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