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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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Why did I have a panic attack after smoking Marijuana?

Query: Hello doctor, About a month ago, I decided to smoke marijuana with some friends, as I have several times before. Everything was going as usual, but when I took the second drag, I instantly had a panic attack. I decided to go to my room to try to wait it out, and after a while, the high went away, bu...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Substance-induced anxiety disorder seems unlikely here as one month had passed since you last smoked and the intensity of symptoms also goes against it. In my opinion, you should first go with non-pharmacological methods like practice relaxation techniques like breathi...  Read Full »

I am a 19-year-old with severe anxiety and hypertension. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 19 years old and completely healthy, other than severe anxiety and maybe hypertension. When I went to the doctor a couple of months ago, I had a panic attack, and my BP was 168/108 mmHg, then 158/100 mmHg. What disorders could cause high blood pressure at such a young age? Can this ki...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. Hypertension can be due to several causes, the most common being essential hypertension, of which the exact cause is not known. A sedentary lifestyle, obesity, high salt or sodium intake, and substance use can a...  Read Full »

I have been suffering from panic disorder. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I think I might have panic disorder. I was researching the symptoms because I had a weird episode. I guess I could call it what I have had in the past (a lot of times), and when I have these episodes, I have most of the symptoms of panic disorder. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You can screen yourself for panic disorder. Do a self-rating test like the PAS self-rating test, which you can easily find online. But exact diagnosis can only be made after a detailed evaluation by a psychiatrist in person. Treatment can then be given accordingly. Tre...  Read Full »

I am suffering from panic attacks, anxiety, and depression. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I suffer from panic attacks. I do not know why. I have anxiety and maybe some form of depression, but no one in my family will take me to a doctor. I do not know what to do. I feel helpless and alone. I think everyone hates me, and I think about suicide often. The only thing that stops me ...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to First of all, I would like to mention that it does not matter what others think about you but yourself. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness or stupidity; instead, it shows your strength that you are acknowledging a problem and want to resolve it. Furthermore, a d...  Read Full »

I feel depressed and have seminal leakage. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 21 years old and going through a very strange time. I was 149 pounds last year, but now I have lost around 45 pounds. I was a happy student, but now I am so much depressed. I started experiencing panic attacks last year, and then I experienced seminal leakage. I have passed all th...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. You seem to have an anxiety spectrum disorder, but a detailed evaluation is needed to conclude. So consult a psychiatrist in person for detailed evaluation and treatment. Treatment is possible. Seminal leakage is nothi...  Read Full »

How to deal with panic attacks and hypothyroidism?

Query: Hello doctor, I experienced my first panic attack five months back and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, with a TSH level of 8.6. I have been prescribed 50 mcg of Thyronorm to manage my thyroid condition. Initially, I was prescribed tablets Amitone 10 mg (Amitriptyline) and Zapiz 0.25 mg (Clonazep...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I suggest discussing with your treating psychiatrist regarding tapering off the dosage of the tablet Clobazam (generic name). If there has been no improvement with the tablet Pari CR (Paroxetine), then it can be substituted with Sertraline....  Read Full »

I had a panic attack after the intake of marijuana. It has been two weeks and I still feel a pit in my stomach accompanied by anxiety. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, About a month and a half ago I was smoking marijuana with some of my friends for probably the third time ever I had a severe panic attack. For the last two times when this happened to me, I just went to my room to wait it out and it eventually ended and I went back to normal. However,...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. As more than a month has passed since you last smoked marijuana, it is unlikely to be substance-induced, though it could have been precipitated by it. I suggest you to take the following steps: 1 Screen yourself for clinical depression ...  Read Full »

I take tablets Lexapro and Valdoxan, but I still keep getting panic attacks. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I keep getting really bad panic attacks. I take two tablets of Lexapro in the morning and a tablet of Valdoxan at night, but I need help controlling my panic attacks. I have also had panic attacks and have taken tablets Diazepam, Clonazepam, Alprazolam, Lexapro, Duloxetine, and Effexor...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. You can discuss with the treating psychiatrist regarding changing the dosage of medicines or substituting the tablet Valdoxan (Agomelatine) with Mirtazapine. You can also discuss regarding tablet Lorazepam. You can als...  Read Full »

Why am I having anxiety and panic attack?

Query: Hello doctor, I have anxiety and panic attack. I had chest pain and went to the doctor who said that EKG is normal. He prescribed me Zoloft and Buspar.  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, it could be due to an anxiety spectrum disorder. But do not worry as the treatment is possible. Continue with Zoloft (Sertraline) and Buspar (Buspirone). Medicines usually take around two to three weeks to start exerting the effect. Also, practice relaxation tech...  Read Full »

I am having frequent panic attacks, and I have been diagnosed with depression. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 22-year-old woman. I have been diagnosed with depression. I have consulted other doctors and I am aware of my problem. I even get panic attacks sometimes. During panic attacks, my face turns red and I suffer from breathing problems. I feel suffocation and I do feel that my life is ...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In my opinion, both medicines, as well as non-pharmacological methods, are required for treating your problem. For medicines prescriptions, kindly contact a psychiatrist on this platform or nearby. Besides following things can help: Practice relaxation techniques l...  Read Full »

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