What sort of doc should i see for panic attacks?

i have experienced panic attacks since i was in high school, but they’re typically very rare and their cause is easily identifiable (stress at school or whatever), but lately they are getting more frequent and scary. i just experienced probably the worst one ever (my hands are still trembling ) and i think i want to see a professional about it.

my question is, should i see my primary care doctor or a psychiatrist? both would be through my university, and both would probably be someone i haven’t seen before. i just don’t know who usually deals with this sort of thing. thanks!

When I used to get them to the point of black out in college I went to my primary care physician. He actually got me on zoloft. I also started briefly seeing a psych.
The ONLY thing your primary care doc will do is give you drugs. Drugs don’t cure panic attacks, so it seems silly to waste your time and money there.

Go see a psychologist who specializes in NON-medication treatment, hypnotherapy, CBT, etc.
See a PCP first. He/She can then better analyze your need for see a psychiatrist.

The ONLY thing your primary care doc will do is give you drugs. Drugs don’t cure panic attacks, so it seems silly to waste your time and money there.

Go see a psychologist who specializes in NON-medication treatment, hypnotherapy, CBT, etc.

So…the Zoloft my primary physician gave me for my panic attacks were just drugs that didn’t work?

Nor does Xanax, didn’t you know?

For real.
Has anyone tried the "suck it up and walk through the panic" method?

I’m not at all being critical or trying to minimize panic attacks. Thankfully, I’ve never had one and I only know of one person that did and it was the result of some screwed up brain chemistry due to drug use. So I don’t know anything about how panic attacks feel or work or any of that.

And I’ve never heard of anyone saying, I knew I was panicked but I was able to keep going and they went away.

Has anyone tried the "suck it up and walk through the panic" method?

I’m not at all being critical or trying to minimize panic attacks. Thankfully, I’ve never had one and I only know of one person that did and it was the result of some screwed up brain chemistry due to drug use. So I don’t know anything about how panic attacks feel or work or any of that.

And I’ve never heard of anyone saying, I knew I was panicked but I was able to keep going and they went away.

I used to have one weekly, and they were bad too. There were times where I was very capable of fighting my way out of one…but it was hard. Honestly, taking the meds ended them completely and I haven’t had one since…shit, I can’t even remember it’s been so gloriously long.
Usually there is a psychological component, so generally a psychiatrist to treat the anxiety, as well as a therapist to help uproot any possible cause that you can work through.

Thats correct.

Correct also.

And, are you still on the meds?

Has anyone tried the "suck it up and walk through the panic" method?

I’m not at all being critical or trying to minimize panic attacks. Thankfully, I’ve never had one and I only know of one person that did and it was the result of some screwed up brain chemistry due to drug use. So I don’t know anything about how panic attacks feel or work or any of that.

And I’ve never heard of anyone saying, I knew I was panicked but I was able to keep going and they went away.

it’s WAY harder than it sounds, and took me years of trusting myself enough to do that.
Panic attatcks are rearely one of those singular issues, usually a symptom identifying a much deeper issue. Definitely see someone about them.
I’ve had them since I was quite young and been left in blackout several times. Because they’re linked to stress I try to regulate my breathing and detatch myself from situations, it rarely averts an attack but keeps me concious.
Alternative to seeing someone you might want to experiment with meditation

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