(Closed) NWR: Anxiety/Panic Disorders – Need your Suggestions!

posted 8 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

talk to a counselor. you can explore the medication question with him/her if you don’t respond to talk therapy.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I had my first panic attack a year ago when I started grad school to get my DPT.  I currently am on a beta blocker – I only take it when my heart is racing or I feel like one is coming on and it slows my heart rate and relaxes me.  They’re scary and definitely not fun!  Mine are mostly brought on with stress and can happen at any given time! You’re not alone!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

therapy, ive suffered from anxiety disorder in the past. therapy was the most effective. took lexapro and a form of prozac at one point to try and curb it, but wasnt a big fan.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@kitzy: ditto

I feel like I am developing anxiety and people dying. I had two friends pass away suddenly this year, one was engaged the other about to be and I can’t stop thinking that I am going to lose my FH too. I get so upset about it, so far no full attacks, but I think the “episodes” are escalating. I feel for you, it can not be fun to go through that and hope you find something that helps soon.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

  I understand how you feel. I started experiencing anxiety/panic attacks in college. Something would trigger me and I would completely fixate on it. It could be medical related, something going on in my life (relationships, feeling like someone would break into my home, etc.). I was on medicine for awhile and saw a therapist. I took Clonazepam, which worked well, but made me really tired. Also, the night after I would take it, I would have bizarre dreams.

  Talking with a therapist really seemed to help. I can feel things coming on, but I can mentally block them now. In the past few years, I’ve only had one or two things get me for a little bit, but they weren’t even for long periods of time. The episodes definitely weren’t as intense, either. I’ve also gotten better about going to the doctor to check, if something really does seem wrong. I hate hearing bad news, and I feel like if I ignore it, it goes away :-).

  Good luck!! I hope everything goes well!

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have suffered from panic attacks and have been diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder. Go talk to someone and if needed you can take medication. Honestly medication has helped me more than seeing a therapist because there isnt really anything WRONG its just that I have a chemical imbalance! In addition, eating right, exercise, yoga, meditation and surrounding yourself with positive people will also help. I hate panic attacks – they are very scary. One of the things you should do is accept that you are having a panic attack and try to know when it is coming so that you can calm yourself down. If you tell yourself “Im having a panic attack, this will pass.” it is sometimes easier then just freaking out because of it. If you want to PM me with any questions – please feel free to do so! I was diagnosed with GAD 5 years ago and have learned to live with it – happily!

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have suffered from panick attacks also, I have only had a coupld but I did get really anxious a lot. i went to a counsellor for about 3 months and have not had a panick attack in about a year, and rarely feel anxious. I tried medication but it is not a permenant solution. I would go to your doctor and ask for them to suggest a counsellor. Since your panick attacks are bad try medication, but only as a temporary solution until the counselling help, since in the long run medication can make it worse. I hope that everything works out, Keep us updated. Feel free to pm me if you need any suggestions in the mean time.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

just a note: don’t think of medication as a magical solution. it helps immensely, but you also need to learn the skills and self-talk to help manage the anxiety. that’s the reason i stressed talk therapy before medication. medication is not a cure-all and will not make your anxiety disappear completely, but it can work wonders in conjunction with talk therapy. i’ve seen a counselor weekly off and on for a couple of years, and it’s like i’m a changed person.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I don’t personally have anxiety but someone in my family does.  You should 100% go see a doctor.  Don’t suffer any longer than you have to, these things usually don’t go away on their own.  I would go directly to a psychiatrist (rather than a GP) because they know a lot more about this stuff and will better be able to suggest the right meds if you need them.  They can also suggest whether therapy would be helpful (you might need to see a separate person for therapy).  My loved one has GAD and occasional panic attacks, and medication has made a HUGE difference.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@PitBulLover: I second the exercise part! When I don’t get enough exercise, my panic attacks are more likely to occur. Also, if I am starting to feel a bit nervous, I pop in an exercise DVD, do a fitness game on the Wii, or head to the gym. That seems to help a ton. Something with those endorphins :-).

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’ve suffered from anxiety for about 10 years off and on.  Panic attacks are the WORST.  So scary and the fear of having one is almost worse than actually having one!  I take Ativan for my anxiety.  It works for me but I try not to take it unless I need it.  I also agree with therapy…it has helped me so much and helped me recognize what my triggers are.  My therapist compared anxiety to a boiling pot of water.  If it’s simmering it WILL boil over if you don’t watch it!  If you keep it from even simmering, you’re fine.  As soon as you start to feel up come up, DO SOMETHING!  If you let the anxiety take over, you will lose every time.  I have felt much better after talking about it and taking my medicine as needed.  It’s not a cure all but it helps comfort me just knowing I have it.

I totally feel for you…when I’m feeling anxious or stressed I’m convinved I have a brain tumor when I have a headache or that I have a horrible disease if I’m tired!  Good luck, please take care of yourself!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Oh, and caffeine is a trigger for anxiety so try to lay off or limit it.

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