By Carol Berman
EMPOWER your self! if you happen to or a friend suffers from panic assaults, this booklet bargains support. the single textual content to supply either the doctor’s and patient’s standpoint, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Panic disease delivers authoritative, functional solutions for your questions on the factors and therapy of panic disease, in addition to recommendation on dealing with panic assaults, resources of aid, and masses extra. Written by way of Carol W. Berman, MD, a in demand psychiatrist focusing on the remedy of panic disease, with observation from a sufferer, this publication is a useful source for figuring out and dealing with the scientific, mental, and emotional turmoil of this scary and sometimes debilitating .
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MVP is considered a benign condition. It is necessary to take antibiotics prophylactically before dental or other procedures, but otherwise it can be ignored. Panic attack patients must learn to ignore or minimize sensations in their bodies. Just because you feel it doesn’t mean it’s of medical significance. Panic attack patients believe that anything they feel must be abnormal, so they become easily frightened. Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) Excessive backwards movement of the mitral valve leaflets into the left atrium of the heart during ventricular systole, sometimes giving mitral regurgita tion; MVP has been Â�associated with panic attacks.
How do I know if I have posttraumatic stress disorder or panic disorder? A person may have both posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and panic disorder. A catastrophe like September 11 can trigger panic attacks. If the panic attacks are induced by stimuli recalling the event, such as walking past “ground zero,” where the event occurred, then PTSD may be considered a primary diagnosis, or we may say that they are “comorbid,” that is, the two disorders exist at the same time. The patient with PTSD must have first been exposed to a traumatic event (like 9/11) in which he or she felt threatened by death or serious injury to the physical integrity of self or others.
This type of attack must be distinguished from sleep terror disorder. In sleep terror disorder, a patient is often abruptly awakened from sleep with a panicky scream. He or she has intense fear, a rapid heartbeat, deep breathing, and sweating. The person is unresponsive to others trying to comfort him or her and usually has amnesia for the episode. The symptoms of fear—a rapid heartbeat, deep breathing, and sweating—are similar to those with a panic attack, but the unresponsiveness to comfort and amnesia are unique to sleep terror disorder.
100 Questions & Answers About Panic Disorder by Carol Berman