Sunday, March 16, 2008


Books on the matter people,let's educate ourselves!!

Sometimes last year I was highly stressed out by 1 personal event and I woke up in the middle of the night thinking I was about to die seriously, my heart was beating like crazy, I felt tightness in my chest, I was extremely afraid, thankfuly my sister lived not too far from my apartment at the time , called her she tried to calm me down until her hubby came and took me to the hospital.When I got there, I went through a serie of tests that showed that nothing was wrong w/me physically, that's when I realised that it was a panic attack.

I/Even though it's hard 2 always determine the causes of a panic attack here are 1 few:
- It could be passed on geneticaly, let's say there are some chances for it to happen to u, if your parents have a panic disorder, are bipolar ect...
-Drinking too much alcohol, or caffeinated drinks
-certain medication, those that cure sleeping disorder ect can cause panic attacks
-of couse high level of stress
-using drugs
-birth of a child
-the abrupt stop of using prescription medication

II/How do you know that you are having a panic attack?
-Your heart beats like crayyyy
- Extreme feeling of anxiety
-Dizziness , trembling
-At that point you truly think that you are going to die
-choking feeling, upset stomach
-chest pain

III/What Medication to use?
Let me remind you that you should first see a specialist who will recomend the best medication , but here are some of the medication recomended , but
please see 1 doctor first *****

-Prozac, Valium,Tofranil,Xanax

IV/What I've learned about this condition?
I didn't know that after experiencing a panic attack , some people get so afraid of it happening to them again that sometimes they avoid crowds , malls, ect and rather stay at home, this condition is called Agoraphobia...waouh

Here are some of the articles on line or great webbies that you should look at if you want to know more about panic attacks:
Also check out Yahoo/health they had 1 great article on the matter.

Djaa we Fabulafricana women need to stay on top of our health:)
Eyeee Wayeee:)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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