Anxiety/Depression/Panic Attacks..Need some advice

posted 3 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

Any possibility it could be irritable bowel syndrom ? It’s not a disease ”per se”, but it’s known to often become worse under stressful events. 

As for medication, when I had panic attacks (not able to breathe and pressure on my chest, excessive heart rate, feeling of panic because I felt I was about to die), I went to see a doctor and he prescribed Clonazepam, which is not an anti-depressor, but helps soothe and calm (and sleep, because I often had panic attacks at night, so I was unable to sleep). It’s not addictive, and it has helped me so much, that sometimes I only had to grab the bottle to comfort me, I told myself ”you have them, if anything goes wrong you have them” and most of the time I didn’t even have to take any pill. That’s also how I learned how to ”control” my anxiety over time.

 

Hope this helps, good luck !

 

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Cognitive behavior therapy!  It really works.  Either see a therapist or buy a book.  Anxiety is caused by your thoughts.  You need to re-train yourself to think differently until you do it automatically.  Usually, you have to commit to doing some exercise(s) daily — it only takes about 10 minutes or so. 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

What insuance do you have? I’ll help you look. Honestly, I just started seeing a new one today, and it’s like you need a therapist to FIND A THERAPIST that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. 

ETA: I would also seeing if you have naturopaths in your area. They can supplement with vitamins and nutrients that our body lacks from diet or physical reasons. That combined with therapy has been really helpful. 

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Xanax.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

@PinkMermaid:  That sucks!  I’ve only used books for CBT.  The techniques are really easy to learn on your own.  There are tons of good books on Amazon — I’d do a search and look for one best suited for your particular needs (look for ones written by actual PhDs, avoid the self-annointed, self-help gurus).

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

It sounds so much like IBS, but guess what?  We’re CYSTers!  I have ’em too and when I get anxious, upset or very stressed, boom, rupture.  The sharp pain associated with a rupture can also feel like you need to use the bathroom BADLY when it’s just muscle contractions in and around the ovary where the rupture occurred.  I am VERY socially anxious and have had a hard time dealing with knowing that people are going to be looking at me, taking photos of me and calling attention to me.  It makes me tremble.  I’m on medication to help with the cysts themselves, but I’m not on any anxiety meds.  I do my best to work through it.  I had a cyst rupture while I was walking in the mall the other day.  I was welled up with tears, but I just kept walking slowly and told myself, “This is not an emergency.  You’re having a rupture and it will be over in less than three minutes.”  It passed, and I was okay.  It helped me realize I don’t have to spend the rest of my days in bed “just in case.”

Instead of thinking about the steps to get to Hawaii, like the plane ride and situations that may not even happen (Anxiety makes me dream up ridiculous situations that I think could occur) just focus on being there and how beautiful it is, how warm it will be, endless beaches…all the good stuff!  Flight staff handle an array of severe medical conditions with passengers and they’re trained to handle them well.  If it makes you feel better, you could always say, “Hey, I’ve got a medical condition.  May I be seated near the restroom?”  I’m sure they’ll be happy to accomodate anything you may need.

If you feel a rupture, just close your eyes and take a few deep breaths and help it along.  The pain subsides quicker if you can talk yourself into keeping your anxiety down during an episode so your muscles don’t tense more than they need to.

I hope this helps a little.  Cysts SUCK but they’re common and lots of women go through it.  You’ll be just fine.  Breathe easy and enjoy that trip!! 🙂

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I have panic and anxiety disorder. All benzodiazepines are addicting and habit forming and should only be prescribed for a few weeks at best. They work in the short term but it’s a fake calm. You should def try to get to the root of that before you try the narcotic approach. Cognitive therapy can be an option. It’s also great to have a good support system.

Have you tried the herbal approach? Kava works wonders as well as valerian root. Essential oils are great as also.

I really do hope you find relief as it is a struggle.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

@Glenda_the_good_witch:  Just wanted to say, the dosage I started with was very weak and since I didn’t have panic crisis everyday, it could spend weeks without taking one pill. At this rate, they are really not addictive. I guess for frequent crisis, the doctor’s prescription would probably be different, too. 

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@PinkMermaid:  I’m so glad I could he helpful!  It’s interesting that your cysts can not be seen, but are sizable enough for you to feel ruptures.  Have you been tested for Endometriosis?  I have that too (fab, I know.) and sometimes it’s hard to differentiate between endo and cyst pain.  An attack onset of pain from endo can also give you that lovely, WHAM, to your abdomen.  It stinks, but eventually, you kind of get used to it.  If I’m in a bad mood from pain and my finance notices, I just say “I’m cyst-y.” LOL

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Does your employer cover mental health ? I’m assuming you have a PPO. I’m going to PM you 🙂

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Oh i feel your pain! I have some chronic health issues (mostly lupus, but I do also have endometriosis and ovarian cysts). A few months ago my health was so bad, that I had to take a prescription anti-nausea pill every 4-6 hours just so I could attempt to control my vomiting. I was mostly eating a liquid diet. So even if friends wanted to go out to eat, I could not eat a whole lot. It sucked. I also HATE being sick around people. Every time this year that I was in the hospital, I was adament about people not visiting me. Ijust hate being sick around people, even close friends. 

I also get panic attacks, but they’ve gotten a lot better. I see a therapist, adn it’s helped. My panic attacks are only recently about my health, they used to be related to something else (I have PTSD), and I found a book and workbook that were great. Before I was ready for therapy, they helped a ton. I agree w/ a PP that finding a book may be helpful. I can’t recommend any, but definitely find something w/ experience – maybe check reviews on Amazon. I also take Xanax, as needed. I take a very low dose (0.25 or 0.5, I’d haev to check. Even then, I usually only take 1/2. My bottle of 30 lasts me at least 6 months). It works quickly, and according to my partner who works in the health field, it’s one of the most common anxiety meds b/c it acts quickly but also doesn’t stay in your system as long as other meds. 

My therapist gave me a CBT worksheet when I first started, adn if I can find it, I can scan one that’s not written in. Basically, when you have any negative emotion/anxiety, you write it down in one column. You explain what you’re feeling, how you feel, etc. Then you write a percentage that you actually agree with what you’re feeling (so, if I have pain and feel like I’m going to die, I then think aobut it and say, okay I’m only really 10% sure that this is a pain that will kill me). Then I try to rationalize it and think about how realistic it is. You write a statement that is more true (so, “My pain is pretty bad. But, I’ve felt this pain before, I know that it’s just a cyst, and there is a very low chance that this will kill me. Since I’ve felt this pain, I do know it’s real, but that it also will end. In the mean time, I can do XYZ to help with the pain”) then I rate what percentage I currently agree with that statement (so, even though it’s true, I may only believe it’s true about 80%). It’s supposed to help change how you think.

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