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    Tips to manage panic attacks?

    I was recently involved in a car accident and now experience panic attacks whilst in a car. Also, I am always on edge and worried that something bad is going to happen..
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    Anthony Berrick

    Psychologist

    The way you're feeling is a NORMAL response to a traumatic event - but it still sucks. Unfortunately, a few simple ‘tips’ probably won't be enough to help you feel the way you used to before the car accident. I would strongly recommend that you talk to your GP and get a referral to see a psychologist. A good psychologist with experience in treating anxiety issues should be able to help you feel much better very quickly - and you'll wonder why you didn't go sooner!

    Visit the Australian Psychological Society website http://www.psychology.org.au/findapsychologist/ to find a psychologist in your area.

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    Renee Mill

    Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist

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    It sounds like you may have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of the car accident. Panic attacks are one symptom of PTSD.

    I believe you would respond best to therapy geared to treat PTSD. Sometimes that takes only a few sessions. However, other times, longer term counselling is required as well. 

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