Skip to content
Includes Expert Content
nightly panic attacks
avatar
An_252570 posted:
My wife has been suffering from nightly panic attacks some times two and three a night. She takes meds but they are not doing anything for her. is there anyone out there that can please help
Reply
 
avatar
Reid Wilson, PhD responded:
Hey, An_252570-

Nighttime (nocturnal) panic attacks can be quite startling and scary. She should definitely get an appointment with her physician to rule out any physical causes. Once that is taken care of, she needs to find out if this constitutes panic disorder. If so, then cognitive-behavioral therapy of nocturnal panic can be quite effective. We don't pay attention to how to prevent the symptoms. Paradoxically, as your wife learns to change her response to the symptoms when they show up, then they tend to fade. She will also learn to calm her breathing if it is erratic and to reduce her worry in anticipation of sleep.


Featuring Experts

Reid Wilson, PhD is an international expert in the treatment of anxiety disorders, with books translated into nine languages. He is author of Don...More

Helpful Tips

Exercise you can doExpert
Exercise is one of the most beneficial self-help techniques we know of today and more and more research is indicating its usefulness in ... More
Was this Helpful?
57 of 77 found this helpful

Related News

There was an error with this newsfeed

Related Drug Reviews

  • Drug Name User Reviews

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.