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I started getting panic attacks after a respiratory infection. Kindly help me.


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Patient's 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 respiratory disease. I had the same panic attacks eight years ago. I am not under any medication.


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 will help you:

1) You should do exercises daily for 30 - 45 minutes, like going for a walk.

2) You should do meditation for 20 minutes daily, sit at one place in a comfortable position and try to concentrate on your normal breathing, do not stop or force yourself to control your thoughts. Just let it be.

3) You should eat healthy home-cooked foods, avoid junk foods.

4) You must drink enough water.

5) You should spend quality time with friends and family daily or do video calls if you live away from your family.

6) You should spend time on creative hobbies like reading good books, writing journals, painting, drawing, learning new skills or language or musical instruments.

7) You should take enough seven to eight hours of sleep daily.

8) You need to fix your time for sleep, which means you must fix the time to sleep and awake.

9) You must not do any other activities in bed.

10) You must not just lie down on the bed without any reason. A bed is just meant for sleep.

11) Wear loose and comfortable clothes for sleep.

12) Take light food at night or dinner at least three hours before sleep.

13) You can take a maximum of 20 minutes of nap a day.

14) Do not use mobile or TV (television) or laptop at least half an hour before sleep.

15) Try to maintain the adequate temperature of your room, which means not so cold or not so hot.

16) Have a proper bed and pillow.

17) Make sure there is no noise or disturbance at night.

18) You can drink warm milk with turmeric before sleep.

19) You must avoid tobacco or alcohol or any substance abuse.

20) Live your life, do not just spend it.

21) Be bold and confident.

If you still have symptoms that persist after following the advice for four to six weeks, then you need to start medications for a short duration.

I hope that this was helpful. Please get back if you have further doubts.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi
Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi


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