Panic Attack Specialist Portland ME

Anyone can suffer an isolated panic attack, especially during times of great stress. But if you experience them frequently—several times a month or regularly over longer periods—then you have what’s called “panic disorder.” Thankfully, in most cases, you can manage both varieties without resorting to long'term drug therapy.

Cynthia Gerry Sortwell, MD
(207) 879-2556
95 India St
Portland, ME
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Psychiatry
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Female
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1979

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Leora A Rabin, MD
(207) 871-3546
22 Bramhall St
Portland, ME
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Psychiatry
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Female
Education
Medical School: Brown Univ Program In Med, Providence Ri 02912
Graduation Year: 1994

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Dr.REINALDO DE LOS HEROS
(207) 780-1600
Ste 1, 583 Forest Avenue
Portland, ME
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Psychiatrist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Dr.William Berlingieri
(207) 347-5843
52 Maple Street
Portland, ME
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Psychiatrist
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Dr.Thomas Lantos
(207) 324-1500
121 Middle St # 404
Portland, ME
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Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ
Year of Graduation: 1984
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Psychiatrist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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William R Mc Farlane Jr, MD
(207) 662-2091
315 Park Ave # B
Portland, ME
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1970

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Benjamin Crocker, MD
(207) 761-9014
443 Congress St Fl 5
Portland, ME
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1979

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Robert Franklin Savadove, MD
(207) 772-7265
57 Exchange St Ste 400
Portland, ME
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Albany Med Coll, Albany Ny 12208
Graduation Year: 1967

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Dr.Carlyle Voss
(207) 879-2506
2367 Congress Street
Portland, ME
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M
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Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1965
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Psychiatrist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Catherine A Jakubowitch, MD
(207) 775-0110
69 Federal St
Portland, ME
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1994

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Ask the Doctor—Panic Attacks

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Q. I think I’m having panic attacks, but I don’t want to take antianxiety drugs. I’ve heard bad things about them. Is there anything natural I can do?

A. If you are having a panic attack, you typically experience rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, sweating, trembling, tightness in the throat, dizziness, and nausea. If that sounds like your experience, I can at least assuage your fears a bit: Panic attacks can feel scary—like you’re having a heart attack—but they won’t kill you. In fact, most pass within five to 10 minutes and rarely last longer than 20 to 30 minutes.

Anyone can suffer an isolated panic attack, especially during times of great stress. But if you experience them frequently—several times a month or regularly over longer periods—then you have what’s called “panic disorder.” Thankfully, in most cases, you can manage both varieties without resorting to long-term drug therapy.

Conventional doctors and psychiatrists often prescribe antianxiety drugs called benzodiazepines like Xanax and Klonopin as well as antidepressants like Prozac and Paxil to treat panic attacks. But antidepressants have unpleasant side effects, and both types of drugs, particularly the benzos, may produce severe withdrawal symptoms, including (ironically) extreme anxiety. These drugs should only be used as a short-term treatment or as a last resort—and should always be coupled with an integrative program to address the root physical and psychological causes of panic so you can overcome them for good.

Understanding panic
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps you recognize the patterns of thought and the situations that trigger your fear and panic. CBT trains you to take note of what’s going on around you and what thoughts are running through your mind right before you experience an attack. Once you can recognize these patterns, you can change them. Say you lived through a terrible tornado that destroyed your neighborhood, and now every time a storm approaches, your mind becomes overwhelmed with fear and your thoughts begin to spiral out of control. CBT shows you how to recognize these destructive thought patterns and teaches you to switch to healthier ones (I lived through this before; I’ll be fine again. I know how to protect myself. I’m a strong person). One of the best ways to take control of a panic attack: Control your breathing. When you feel yourself beginning to panic, focus on making each breath slow and deep. When we’re scared and our sympathetic nervous system kicks in to adrenalin-pumping fight-or-flight mode, our breathing becomes shallow and quick. By slowing down the breath, you activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which sends calming signals to the brain.

The mind-body connection
Relaxing the body has a profound effect on the nervous system. You can accomplish this with a number of different relaxation techniques including progressive muscular relaxation (tensing and releasing discrete muscle groups in the body beginnin...

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