Panic Attack Specialist Waterford MI

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.

Ellen Rotblatt, MD
(248) 737-5437
31555 W Fourteen Mile Rd
Farmington Hills, MI
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Robert J Lagrou, DO
841 S Winding Dr
Waterford, MI
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Jaya K Madhavan, MD
1105 N Telegraph Rd
Waterford, MI
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Psychiatry
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Medical School: Med Coll, Univ Of Kerala, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
Graduation Year: 1979

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Ahmadul Hasan, MD
(248) 738-9500
4000 Highland Rd Ste 109
Waterford, MI
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Medical School: Chittagong Med Coll, Univ Of Chittagong, Bangladesh (704-10 Pr 7/1972)
Graduation Year: 1984

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Kokila K Sheth, MD
(517) 349-8388
West Bloomfield, MI
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Psychiatry
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Medical School: Mgm Med Coll, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidhyalaya, Indore, Mp, India
Graduation Year: 1967

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John Danl Mesaros, MD
(810) 714-1650
1585 Crescent Lake Rd
Waterford, MI
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Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
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Medical School: Mi State Univ Coll Of Human Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
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Margaret Shusterman, DO
(586) 268-6550
1105 N Telegraph Rd
Waterford, MI
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Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
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Medical School: Chicago Coll Of Osteo Med, Midwestern Univ, Chicago Il 60615
Graduation Year: 1973

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Jacinto Manuel Anaya, MD
(248) 851-5591
1105 N Telegraph Rd
Waterford, MI
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Psychiatry
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Medical School: Univ Complutense De Madrid, Fac De Med, Madrid, Spain
Graduation Year: 1953

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Mark Vernon Buzzard, MD
(248) 626-4600
PO Box 252984
W Bloomfield, MI
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Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry
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Medical School: Rush Med Coll Of Rush Univ, Chicago Il 60612
Graduation Year: 1992

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Leon Marc Rubenfaer, MD
(248) 351-2312
PO Box 251628
W Bloomfield, MI
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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
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