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Danielle, Bilingual Health Educator
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New Moderator

Bonjour tout le monde! Hello everyone! I'm very happy to be joining your online community as a bilingual support specialist. I hope I can be of some help to those with questions and support to those who need it. Danielle _____________________________________ The Panic Center Support Team
Danielle, Bilingual Health Educator
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CBT Buddies!! Where are you?

Hi Shawn, I just want to welcome you to the Panic Center. I hope you'll be able to find the support you need here. I hope you'll also take advantage of our 12 week online program in addition to our CBT buddy feature. If you're having trouble finding CBT buddies, try continuing to post in our forums. Talking to people in our forum could also lead to supportive connections. Danielle ________________________________ The Panic Center Support Team
Danielle, Bilingual Health Educator
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PSYCHOLOGIST vs. PSYCHIATRIST

Hi vickivdb, Ok here's the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist Psychologist: Has a PhD and usually works in the field doing research on mental illness and how these illnesses could best be treated. Psychiatrist: Has gone to medical school and is a doctor of psychology. He can diagnose mental illness, prescribe medication and treat the patient with the appropriate therapy. Danielle ________________________________ The Panic Centre Support Team.
Danielle, Bilingual Health Educator
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heartbeat

Hi Judy, A rapid heart rate is a symptom associated with a panic attack. It is very possible that you have always had an irregular heartbeat and have only noticed that it was irregular because your panic attacks have made it more noticeable. I'm very happy to hear that you have consulted about this with your doctor, however if he didn't give you the answer you were looking for, we suggest going back to see him or getting a second opinion to rule out any other underlying medical conditions. Danielle ________________________________ The Panic Center Support Team
Danielle, Bilingual Health Educator
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Tingling/Numbness on scalp

Hi Vickivdb, Everybody is different. Some people will experience the full range of symptoms associated with panic disorder, some may not. Your panic attacks may not be strong enough to trigger the "fight or flight" response that tells your heart to start beating faster. Again, just as Josie said it's all about working through the program and taking back control over your body and your mind. Also, keep working with your doctor and return to see him if your symptoms worsen or if you experience a rapid heart rate. Danielle __________________________________ The Panic Center Support Team
Danielle, Bilingual Health Educator
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Xanax - tell me your story

Hi Vickivdb, I strongly recommend you keep working with your doctor about this issue. He/she is the best authority, second to you, that will be able to determine how and when you should stop taking Xanax. There is a slight risk of forming a dependence when on this medication for an extended period of time or at a high dose. This is why your doctor may recommend decreasing the dose gradually. You're dosage isn't very high so I don't expect any of this to be a problem for you. However, again I strongly recommend you keep working with your doctor and don't forget to keep working through the program. It will help you track your level of anxiety which in turn will help yourself and your doctor make an informed decision about your use of Xanax. Hope this helps. Danielle _______________________________ The Panic Center Support Team
Danielle, Bilingual Health Educator
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Newbie, looking for her old life....

Dear Ripper 1098, Thank you for sharing your story with all of us. If you're looking for a supportive environment, you've come to the right place. On this site you will find a twelve week program with a session diary, a panic assessment test, a symptom tracker and more. These can all be located in the tools section on the left side of your screen. I strongly recommend you start our 12 week program so you can understand yourself better as well as your anxiety. There's also lots of information on panic and anxiety on our site to get you informed. Keep posting and visiting our forums. I'm sure you'll be able to find some common ground with the other people on this site. Our CBT buddy feature, once downloaded, will allow you to add people from the forums to your contact list if you want to talk with someone one on one. Lastly, know that the Panic Center Support Team is here to help you. Were always here to answer questions via the forum or e-mail. Please check back soon and let us know how you're doing or if there's anything else we can help you with. Danielle _______________________________ The Panic Center Support Team P.S. We also have a depression center if that's of any interest to you. Just follow this link: http://www.depressioncenter.net/
Danielle, Bilingual Health Educator
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Anxiety when riding with someone?

Hi dee12h, Cheryl is right, slow exposure. They teach you how to do this with the workbook. You gradually learn to adjust to every situation until finally you can ride in a car with little or no worry. Check back soon and let us know how you're doing. Danielle _______________________________ The Panic Center Support Team
Danielle, Bilingual Health Educator
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Anyone ever have a blood clot?

Vickers4, If the symptoms worsen or do not dissipate, I recommend you see your doctor. One visit to him/her will calm all your fears or get you the help you need. Better be safe than sorry right? Danielle _________________________________ The Panic Center Support Team
Danielle, Bilingual Health Educator
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FEEL LIKE ITS STARTING AGAIN

Jo, I recommend consulting with your doctor about your shakiness. I also recommend that you start working through the program. Maybe your anxiety has triggers and the program will help you figure out what they are. Check back soon, Danielle _______________________________________ The Panic Center Support Team