I'm a former sufferer of panic attacks. I am in my final year of graduate studies in Social Work. My practicum is at Floyd Memorial Hospital in New Albany,IN. The project I'm working on is to implement a brief breathing retraining-biofeedback (with capnometry) intervention for patients who admit to the emergency room experiencing a panic attack. An accredited and state licensed social worker trained in biofeedback methods would provide a brief intervention to panic attack victims.
I would like for you to tell me what you didn't like or did like about your experience with the doctor in the emergency room. Was he/she helpful or not? Please explain. How many times have you used the ER for panic attack? Do you know much about biofeedback/breathing retraining interventions?
Would it have been helpful to have an experienced social worker (LCSW) trained in breating techniques to help you through your experience? She or he would then educate you about panic attacks and provide you with information about biofeedback and other methods of relaxation, as well as talk to you about the need to see your physician and/or psychologist.
Also, it has been noted by several researchers that if panic attack is not diagnosed by a physician early on that patients are significantly open to experiencing a major depressive episode...did this happen to you?
What has helped you the most in handling panic attacks? All of your information is confidential...no names please. Your information will help me develop an intervention for panic victims in the emergency room at FMH.
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