Q. What can cause panic attacks?

Answered by
Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 05, 2016 and last reviewed on: Apr 06, 2020

Hi doctor,

I have been having panic attacks for the past 13 years. I have been to the hospital on multiple occasions and have been diagnosed with anxiety attacks every time. I have had EKGs and blood work done. All the reports are fine. Sometimes, I am having multiple panic attacks in a day and also I am getting these every day. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • For panic attacks and persistent anxiety, there is a need to get a medical checkup done.
  • Hyperthyroidism, cardiac issues like angina, etc., could cause increased risk of panic attacks.
  • So, if the panic attacks are persistent, then get one ECG done to rule out heart causes and thyroid function tests to rule out hyperthyroidism. Once that comes normal, then most likely cause of symptoms is panic disorder with anxiety.
  • Behavior therapy has great roles in panic, especially when one does not have access to prescription medicines.
  • Yoga and relaxation exercises help to calm individual in events of panic attacks. Green tea can also help you in coming out of panic symptoms.
  • If symptoms persist, then visit a psychiatrist for help. SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) can help to reduce anxiety.
  • In situations of severe panic attacks Benzodiazepines like Clonazepam and Lorazepam will help.

For further information consult a psychiatrist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/psychiatrist


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