Panic Attack

A panic attack is a sensation of fear that occurs without warning in the body. It occurs at any time in the day, but it often occurs during sleep. The symptoms are chest pain, loss of control in the body, increased heartbeat, tingling or numbness in the body, and breathing difficulties. Usually, it lasts for ten minutes, but it cal also occur for a long time. It can occur during diabetes, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, asthma, and irritable bowel disease. It is treated by taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and Benzodiazepines. Doing deep breathing exercises regularly helps to provide some relief.

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Is tingling sensation in my hands because of a hot shower or energy wasted during an argument?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 34-year-old male. I had a hot shower for a long time. When I came out of the shower, I had a hard argument with my wife. After all these incidents, I started to have a tingling sensation in my arms and fingers without numbness. Is this because of a hot shower for long hours or be...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Quka

Answer: Hello Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern, and I would explain that your symptoms are not suggestive of any neurological disorders. The blood pressure fluctuations and anxiety (panic attacks) may mimic this clinical situation. Anyway, there is nothing to worry about. I recommend ...  Read Full »

How to reduce the psychosis caused due to sexual abuse for years?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18 year old, and I have been sexually abused as a child for many years. I have never told anyone, and now my parents got divorced. I am experiencing numbness and psychosis symptoms, but they do not affect my daily life, and no one knows what I am going through. I wanted to know...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I empathize with you. Sexual abuse in childhood is perhaps the most brutal and tragic thing that can happen to a person. The scars of that enormous trauma never fade away. I believe you have post-traumatic stress disorder. It is not a psychotic disorder but a...  Read Full »

How to reduce anxiety caused due to health issues?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 31 year old. I do not smoke or drink. I am suffering from a health anxiety. Recently I got an ECG and blood test done, the results of which I have attached for your consideration. I have an elevated RBC count. Could this be blood cancer? Also kindly note that I was very anxious du...  Read Full »


Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the reports that you posted (attachments removed to protect patient identity). Firstly, I would like to know the indications for which so many investigations were done. Did you have any symptoms or was it a general checkup? Do revert if you have an...  Read Full »

Which is better Mirtazapine or Maprotiline?

Query: Hi doctor, I would like to know the pros and cons of Mirtazapine versus Maprotiline. I am taking Mirtazapine for five weeks. A family member has been on Maprotiline for a few years and brought it to my attention. And now, I am experiencing panic attacks and anxiety. Which one is good? Kindly h...  Read Full »


Dr. Awadhesh P Singh Solanki

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for this query. Mirtazapine and Maprotiline are antidepressants medicines but they have different groups of chemical compounds. Mirtazapine has more sedative action than Maprotiline; that is why you are feeling tired after taking that....  Read Full »

Can respiratory infection cause panic attacks?

Query: Hi doctor, I suffer from fear and anxiety all the time. And I am scared for no reason and cannot sleep at night because of this feeling. I am afraid of death. I had panic attacks in the past weeks. By the way, I have mild symptoms of respiratory infection. The panic attack started after my respirat...  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your situation. You should consult your family physician for a mild respiratory infection. You may have an anxiety disorder. There is non-pharmacological management for it. It would help if you tried to follow the below guidelines to deal with it. It wi...  Read Full »

Do medications taken for anxiety affect my routine life?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 29 years old. I had panic attacks and anxiety for the last 1.5 years. It does not happen daily, but twice in a week. My BP and BPM will be increased due to palpitations, and I sweat a lot. Hence, I visited a psychiatrist yesterday. The psychiatrist has suggested me to take D Veniz 50...  Read Full »


Dr. Manjunadh M Nair

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Those drugs are for panic disorder. They are approved for these indications. They are safe. It will not affect your classes. If it causes any drowsiness (very unlikely), then you can consider reducing the night dose to half of the prescribed dosage. Please consult your sp...  Read Full »

Will depression and panic attacks cause suicidal thoughts to intensify?

Query: Hi doctor, I do not feel like myself anymore. I think it started two months ago, but it is getting worse more and more day by day. I do not know what I am feeling. A few days ago, I got a panic attack at my workplace. Lucky for me, there is a doctor in my workplace, and diagnose me to have hyperven...  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your situation. you may have a major depressive disorder. There is non-pharmacological management for depression. it would help if you tried to follow the below guidelines to deal with it: 1) You should do exercises daily for 30 to 45 minutes, like go...  Read Full »

I am not able to breathe and losing control of myself. Do I need to visit ER?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 26 year old female. My weight is about 310 to 315 lbs. My height is 5'7". I am in need to know if I am crazy or need to go to the ER. I have for some time now been having these sorts of attacks. I could not breathe, feel extremely hot and break in sweats. My chest is tight. My eyes...  Read Full »


Dr. Amit Dhamankar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It all seems to be an acute panic attack or acute anxiety attack. You need to distress yourself. Lifestyle modification will suit you better like meditation, yoga, aerobics, zumba, and breathing exercise. Still, if the symptoms are distressing, then I suggest you the fo...  Read Full »

Will stopping Effexor worsen panic disorder?

Query: Hi doctor, Seven years back, for two years, I had a complete breakdown with agoraphobia, panic attacks, weight loss, anxiety, depression. Little bouts throughout the prior ten years but they only last two weeks or few days. Nearly three years on Effexor for the panic disorder after a breakdown. I h...  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have panic disorder. There is non-pharmacological management for it. However, it would help if you tried to follow the below guidelines to deal with it. It will help you: 1) You should do exercises daily for 30 to 45 minutes, like going for a walk. 2) You should d...  Read Full »

Which is better for panic attacks and anxiety, Paroxetine or Sertraline?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 24 years old, and I have been suffering from anxiety and panic attacks since I was young. Every couple of years, my anxiety gets bad to the point where I feel like I need medication to help me. Five years back, I went to a therapist, and I was diagnosed with panic attack disorder an...  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the query. I can understand your situation. you have panic disorder. If you are feeling better on Sertraline, then you must go for it instead of Seroxat (Paroxetine). You can take a tablet of Clonazepam orally by dissolving 0.25 mg when you have a panic attac...  Read Full »

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