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IBS and Panic Attacks

Learn How to Deal with Acute Symptoms


Updated June 21, 2014

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Due to an overlap between panic disorder and IBS, some people find themselves dealing with IBS symptoms and panic attacks at the same time. Luckily, strategies that are helpful for managing the symptoms of one disorder are also generally helpful for managing the symptoms of the other disorder. The following articles will educate you about panic disorder and panic attacks and teach you some practical skills that you can use during attacks to help minimize your distress and discomfort.

Symptoms of Panic Attack

Woman having a panic attack.
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Have you experienced anxiety symptoms, but are unsure if what happened was a panic attack? This article offers you the complete list of symptoms of a panic attack from the diagnostic manual used by mental health professionals. Read more…

Relaxation Exercises

Relaxation exercises are your front-line offense for dealing with both the symptoms of panic disorder and those of IBS. Used on a regular basis, relaxation exercises can lower your baseline level of anxiety, as well as help to reduce anxiety during an acute panic attack or IBS episode. Read more…

Self-Help for Panic Attacks

This article reviews the benefits of relaxation exercises for panic attacks, and offers additional strategies for dealing directly with panic attacks. Read more…

Coping With Panic Disorder

This article offers some wonderful advice for learning how to reduce the probability of your next panic attack. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Read more…

Readers Share: How Do You Deal with Panic Attacks with IBS Symptoms?

Find reader tested tips for dealing with panic attacks with IBS symptoms. Feel free to share your own experiences in dealing with panic disorder and IBS at the same time. Read more…

How to Deal With an IBS Attack

Although not a medical diagnosis, IBS can cause some acute symptoms. As you will see, the strategies you can use during an IBS attack are very similar to those recommended for dealing with a panic attack. The article also offers you tips for reducing your probability of continued episodes. Read more…

Readers Share: How Do You Get Through a Bad IBS Attack?

Read some reader-tested tips for getting through bad IBS attacks. Feel free to share your own tips for dealing with the pain and urgency of a severe IBS episode. Read more…

Let Panic Go App

This app designed for the iPhone is an excellent tool for working your way through a panic or anxiety-driven IBS attack. The app offers guided instruction for deep breathing and calming the mind. With no audio, you can comfortably use the app whenever you need it. Read more…

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