(Closed) It’s official…

posted 9 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Does the medication give you any negative side effects?

I have had panic attacks a few times, but only ever alone with Fiance.  For me they get pretty scary, mostly hyperventilating, almost sobbing, heart racing, etc.  I can’t imagine having that happen out in public and having to deal with that.

Post # 4
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630 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I stuggle with panic attacks too, but therapy and medication have worked well for me.

Post # 5
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592 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Sounds like you’ve handled it before, so you’ll survive by handling it again. If you have to go on medication to help, do it. And you’ll get through it.

When you’re calm have a talk with Fiance and explain to him how to best handle when you are having a panic attack. If he’s never had one, he probably doesn’t have any idea what they feel like and may just think you were over-reacting or something. I think it would help him (and you) if you clearly spell out how he should properly handle the situation.

I have panic attacks too, but not severe ones and almost always in the middle of the night. I’ve been having terrible problems with anxiety lately and recently went back on meds myself until I can get through this horribly stressful time. We all need a little help with something or another sometimes – but it will get better.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I hear you, I have panic attacks when I shop, when I wear bras (so I don’t anymore), in lots of situations…my husband generally understands–every once in a while he actually has them too, but they are much less frequent. Sorry you have to deal with this. I got my husband to understand by basically just explaining (pretty much every time, after I had calmed down) why I was getting upset, and even if it the reason makes no sense that it is a known trigger for me so at least it is predictable, and sorry in advance for if it happens again. At one point, I even made a list of my triggers for him and it helped a lot. I am still frequently finding new triggers and having to explain myself again and again, so that is fun, but I am also getting better at avoiding and talking myself through the known ones.

I actually had to increase my anti-anxiety meds a little over a year ago and was sooo reluctant to do it, but things just got too out of hand. If you feel like you are losing control, it’s not your fault, and you will know when/if it is time to take something. Some of us just have different balances of these chemicals, and it is ok to do something to even it out. Best to you two~

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m sorry panic attacks are horrible! I have had bouts of panic attacks on and off for the last several years. I will be fine for a while, but then in times of extreme stress or lack of sleep I start to have panic attacks and they continue to worsen. Is there something that may be causing stress for you such as the wedding, job issues, etc? Helping to identify the meaning behind the attacks can help. I was told by a therapist (during my last bout) that when you are mentally stressed your body doesn’t know how to cope, so instead reacts with different physical symptoms. Have you thought about going to talk to a therapist about learning about cognitive behavioral therapy? This seemed to help me for a while, until recently. I just made an appt w/ my PCP to talk to her about my anxiety issues. I’m actually doing well now, but trying to trouble shoot as we get closer to the wedding b/c I know I will start having anxiety once the wedding nears with all of the stress with last minute planning! I’m hoping my PCP can recommend a good therapist and also discuss my options natural vs. conventional medication since she’s a DO as well. I hope you find a cope and get better!

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

In defense of Best Buy employees (I am one!) only a select number of employees, those who work the customer service counter, are trained to take bill payments. You don’t want an untrained person attempting it and having the money not actually credited towards your account. I’ve experienced customers caling me lazy and other names because I’m not trained to do what they need (we have about 10 different computer programs and very few people are trained on all), and it’s mean. I’ve never had a panic attack so I’m sorry if this is a stupid question, but why not go on medication? It certainly seems necessary if having one person in front of you in line who isn’t done super quickly causes such a reaction.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Don’t be hard on yourself if you do start taking medications!  Having anxiety and panic attacks is a medical condition just like diabetes.  It’s certainly not a sign of weakness to start taking drugs to fix chemical imbalances in either of those conditions.  Definitely talk to a doctor!  Most people don’t have to take drugs for anxiety for the rest of thier life.  Some people will take meds for a while and work with thier doctors to find other ways to manage anxiety so the drugs can be tapered and stopped.  

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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@Pinksapphire: That sounds awful =(  Maybe a break from wedding planning is in order, just a week or so where you don’t worry about it. I wish you luck with the coping mechanisms.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I get panic attacks too… waiting in line gets me agitated too!  I avoid going on meds too.. I tried SSRIs years ago to no avail and the idea of benzos makes me anxious.  I heard some over the counter items can help for panic attacks (rescue remedy spray and teas with valerian root), but haven’t tried them out.  Feel better soon

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