The ER and Panic Attacks

Here some worthless news:

A Michigan woman reportedly caused quite a stir in the emergency room on Monday night when she arrived to be treated for a panic attack while covered in grisly Halloween makeup. The makeup, she claims, was mistaken for an actual medical emergency and she began being prepped to enter trauma.

Ha, ha, ha. She fooled the staff. Good for her. She says that wasn’t her intention and she thought they would realize it was makeup (then why share their embarrassment with the world?)

Here are my questions:

  • Why are young people going to the ER for panic attacks?
  • Why are so many young people having panic attacks and anxiety?

I don’t know the answer to the first question. I think I know a partial answer to the second… I recommend the book Digital Minimalism for anyone who agrees with me and has this same problem. And I think chronic weed may be an issue as well.


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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  2 comments for “The ER and Panic Attacks

  1. Bill Ameen MD
    October 3, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Doug, it’s drugs, drugs, drugs, Doug! If not marijuana or speed, maybe it’s Red Bull and Mountain Dew all day long! But when I was in full-time practice I saw plenty of older people having panic attacks. Never understood it.

  2. David Schindler
    October 3, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    She’s lucky. I’ve seen several patients with panic attacks trip the “sepsis alert”. She could have ended up receiving Zosyn and Vancomycin, + 30 cc’s/Kg. of IV fluid!

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