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    nightly panic attacks
    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
    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.

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