I've been working on the panic/agor issue on you tube in the agoraphobia and panic attacks videos. Anyone who writes me on you tube regarding this issue gets the "canned message" I will post below. What I've found there on you tube was that so many of the people on there with panic videos have links to money-making sites hawking one cure or another, all for financial gain. After having panic attacks myself and knowing how dreadfully damaging they can be to one's psyche, I couldn't imagine any previous sufferer making money off other sufferers. The thought makes me ill. I'm not here hawking anything except help. If what I post here doesn't help you, or if you disagree with it, just ignore it. My goal here is to help. I HAVE to. The attacks (even though they stopped over 16 years ago due to focusing on the cause and taking a med related to that cause) have driven me to do so.
I am not a doctor but I have studied the panic attack/anxiety connection to vestibular (inner-ear)disturbances for 16 years. First off, this was discovered by Harold N. Levinson and he wrote a book on it called "Phobia Free." For an explanation on how all this is connected, this is the best source. You can get it for cheap if you buy used on amazon.com, or at most larger libraries. I have no financial interest in Levinson's work so get your hands on it any way you can if this interests you. The best way to show this connection between vestibular problems and panic/agor is to send you the links that show this connection is real. Before that however, I'd like to say that I had panic attacks, anxiety and borderline agoraphobia before I found the answer. Officially diagnosed by one of the leading anxiety specialists in the SF bay area (A Dr. Brower or Brauer in Palo Alto, Ca not sure which spelling). I was also diagnosed with an inner ear condition called "endolymphatic hydrops", also by one of the best, F. Owen Black, here in Portland, OR. This is not a coincidence. One reason I know that, is because my attacks were stopped cold by meclizine, a simple over the counter inner ear med. It strictly targets the vestibular system. Not one attack in 16 years and anxiety reduced 95%. Here are the links:
And below are medical studies again showing links between inner ear dysfunction and panic/agoraphobia and anxiety. Copy and paste these links into your browser. Also, make sure the "reader" on pubmed is set to read "abstract plus" by clicking on the dropdown box near the top left:
(although I disapprove of the SSRI recommendation at the end of the above abstract. They are not the best and first line of treatment in my opinion)
(60% with panic/agro in the above study had vestibular problems)
(71% in that study)
(and this study from levinson himself)
(and another by levinson showing a 94% correlation)
Please write back with any further questions.
Edit: One of your links was edited as it was connected to a site that was selling memberships for $35.00 and did not, in my opinion change the prupose of your post. Thank you for understanding.
Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 7/22/2008 4:21:39 PM (GMT-6)