100 Questions & Answers About Panic Disorder by Carol Berman

By Carol Berman

EMPOWER your self! should you or a family member suffers from panic assaults, this booklet bargains aid. the single textual content to supply either the doctor’s and patient’s viewpoint, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Panic sickness promises authoritative, sensible solutions in your questions about the factors and remedy of panic sickness, in addition to suggestion on dealing with panic assaults, assets of help, and masses extra. Written by way of Carol W. Berman, MD, a favourite psychiatrist focusing on the remedy of panic illness, with remark from a sufferer, this e-book is a useful source for realizing and dealing with the clinical, mental, and emotional turmoil of this scary and infrequently debilitating situation.

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It isn’t certain that a panic attack will happen every time. indd 43 3/5/09 8:20:04 AM 1 0 0 Q u e s t i o n s ╃ & ╃ A n s w e r s A b o u t P a n i c D i s o r d e r Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Intense fear, help­ lessness, or horror after a traumatic event, manifested in persistent, vivid Â�recollections and physical symptoms. Comorbid When two disorders exist at the same time. 33. After September 11, 2001 I started to have panic attacks on a daily basis. How do I know if I have posttraumatic stress disorder or panic disorder?

What are these drugs? GABA system The system of neuro­ transmitters in vari­ ous parts of the brain that are responsible for inhibiting neu­ rons. If the GABA Â�system is not work­ ing well, nerve cells are not turned off (inhibited) when they should be, and excess stimulation can occur that results in panic attacks and other unwanted events. Neuron A nerve cell, the basic cell unit of the brain and spinal cord. indd 51 3/5/09 8:20:04 AM Antidepressants The best medicines to stop panic attacks; nonaddictive and may benefit the nervous system in many ways.

I had a patient, an alcoholic, who decided to sober up after receiving one too many citations for driving while under the influence (DWI). After he was abstinent for several months, he developed panic disorder. Instead of restarting alcohol, as many people might have done, he consulted me. I gave him an SSRI, fluoxetine, and set up weekly psychotherapy sessions. It took five weeks for his daily panic attacks to stop. Alcohol is received on the same GABA receptor sites as the benzodiazepine medications, like Xanax® and Ativan®, which are used to treat panic disorder.

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