Panic Disorder vitamins herbs supplements natural treatment
June 20 2016 by
Ray Sahelian, M.D.

 

Panic disorder is fairly common, and can cause frightening symptoms that resemble those of heart, respiratory and gastrointestinal problems. But even though it can be difficult to diagnose, panic disorder is very treatable and most patients can be cured within just four to eight weeks. Between 3% and 8% of patients visiting their primary-care physicians have panic disorder. Most people suffering from the condition have had major stress-inducing factors in their lives within the year before their diagnosis, and people whose close relatives have had the disorder are at much higher risk.

 

Alternative therapy, natural remedy
Some people find kava or the supplement 5-HTP to be helpful.  Kava should not be used more than twice a week. The amino acid theanine is another one to consider since it helps with relaxation.

 

Q. I am a 45 year old female from London. I am very impressed by the excellent site and everything I have read about you. My instinct tells me that I can trust you that's why I am writing to you asking you for help. At the age of 27 I got my first panic attacks. They were so horrific that I got a fear from death. The very thought of death haunts me everywhere: in my sleep, my everyday life... I have also fears from air-planes, underground trains, elevators and basically every possible place where I don't feel secure and free which is very much in the way of living an integrated life. I have the feeling of sadness and hopelessness, I sob very often , I am physically debilitated very low self esteem. Vertigo, pains in the eyeballs. As a whole I am very pessimistic no matter how hard I have tried to change my point of view. The results so far are not satisfactory. I will be most grateful if you write me back and twice as much happy if you help me. Thank you very much in advance! Best wishes to you and your team. May God bless you for your true commitment!
   A. You may wish to consider some of the options listed on the anxiety natural treatment page.

 

My husband has anxiety, panic attacks when we want to travel. He feels like he wants to get back home. His chest hurts and he can't sleep and is a mess until we head for home. We tried to go cross country, as we have done in the past, but got one day of travel in and in the middle of the night he woke up and had that awful feeling. Do you think St. Johns wort pills would help? He is against going to doctors.
    A. It is not possible to predict which natural pills, if any, would help, but if his doctor approves he can try St. John's wort, kava, or 5-HTP.

 

Symptoms
Panic disorder can cause symptoms such as chest and abdominal pain, a pounding heart or irregular heartbeat, and shortness of breath. These alarming symptoms can often lead patients to be screened for serious physical ailments, like heart attack.

Diagnosis

Patients typically go through many medical tests before their physicians accurately diagnose them. Panic disorder is definitely diagnosable, and treatable -- people can usually be cured in four to eight weeks with either antidepressant medication or behavioral therapy, or a combination of the two.

 

Semergen. 2013. Panic disorder and atrial fibrillation. This paper studies the relationship between atrial fibrillation and panic disorder. There are often doubts on the differential diagnosis in emergency services and general medical settings. Panic disorder prevalence rates have been found to be high in patients suffering from atrial fibrillation. Various studies have observed that patients diagnosed with anxiety disorders frequently have higher cardiovascular disease rates compared to the general population. Usually, patients suffering from panic disorder exhibit somatic complaints suggesting coronary disease, such as chest pain or palpitations. The aim is to make the correct diagnosis and treatment for these different illnesses, and to decrease the costs due to misdiagnosis.

 

What is actually hyper ventilator syndrome ?
   Hyperventilation syndrome is a respiratory condition that leads to breathing too deeply or too fast. Mostly due to panic attacks but sometimes due to lung or medical problems.