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HELP, having a panic attack now!
« on: May 23, 2014, 03:48:03 PM »
I have an extreme fear of dizziness and fainting. Like an hour after I woke up, I felt that i was dizzy but it wasn't the the point where I stayed in bed. I went downstairs and what not. However, like an hour ago, idk what happened. I was watching tv and all of a sudden felt faint and felt depersonalization. So I ran to my bathroom and sat in the bathtub for like 20 minutes to help calm me down. I then went to my room and ate and felt panic coming again and I am now in the bathtub again. HOW do I know if I really am sick or if this is just anxiety. Makes me cry when  I think about my life cus I don't want to live like this anymore. I've been on zoloft for like four months and it got increased to 100 mg on the 6th.
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Re: HELP, having a panic attack now!
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2014, 05:10:01 PM »
If you're sitting in a bathtub trying to calm yourself down, it's probably anxiety. The answer is almost always going to be "It's anxiety." But anxiety is an illness. You're not simply overreacting or irrational, you're ill. You're having a setback. They happen. Eventually the attack will subside, hopefully it already has.

If you think you're physically ill, have you seem a doctor lately? I'm not a medical professional in any way, so I can't guarantee it's anxiety, though I've experienced enough of the symptoms to feel confident it is.

Good luck! It's only temporary.
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Re: HELP, having a panic attack now!
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2014, 09:18:25 PM »
Thanks for the reply ! Anxiety sucks huh. Bad days and good days.
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Re: HELP, having a panic attack now!
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2014, 10:31:44 PM »
It's pretty awful all right. I'm coming out of a major depressive episode and OCD trauma right now. I had three great weeks, and now this week has been a step back. Blah. All these disorders are just so brutal.

Where'd you get the Zoloft? From a GP or a PDoc? I'm on Prozac myself. 20mg for six weeks, but my pdoc may increase it in a month. I guess I'll see how this month goes.

Are you feeling better? I hope so. Stupid anxiety.
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Re: HELP, having a panic attack now!
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2014, 01:05:02 AM »
I know how you feel. I just got over one myself. Except I can't get in the bathtub when I have one. I would like to but it makes me nervous to :-\  hope you're feeling better. Does anything else help you calm down?
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Re: HELP, having a panic attack now!
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2014, 05:42:31 PM »
I know how you feel. I just got over one myself. Except I can't get in the bathtub when I have one. I would like to but it makes me nervous to :-\  hope you're feeling better. Does anything else help you calm down?

Why does it make you nervous? And chewing gum kind of helps me. I also like to lock myself in a room, such as the bathroom because it calms me down knowing tht no one can see me, even in my own house. I guess since my fear is getting dizzy and falling, I'm embarrassed for anyone to see me.
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Re: HELP, having a panic attack now!
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2014, 05:47:49 PM »
It's pretty awful all right. I'm coming out of a major depressive episode and OCD trauma right now. I had three great weeks, and now this week has been a step back. Blah. All these disorders are just so brutal.

Where'd you get the Zoloft? From a GP or a PDoc? I'm on Prozac myself. 20mg for six weeks, but my pdoc may increase it in a month. I guess I'll see how this month goes.

Are you feeling better? I hope so. Stupid anxiety.
I know, I hate anxiety. I actually just came out the bathtub again like how I was on friday. I'm the type of person that if something bad happens to me,i think it will happen To me again, so I think I caused my panic attack again today cuz I was nervous it was goin to happen again like it did friday. I also have OCD. I can't even leave my house without feeling like I'm goin to faint, it's definitely ruined my  life. A nurse practitioner at my therapists office gave me zoloft. I think I'm goin to try to switch to another medicine because I don't feel any better. I hope the medicine makes you feel better. I wouldn't wish anxiety and panic attacks on my worse enemy.
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Re: HELP, having a panic attack now!
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2014, 01:27:48 AM »
Seriously, I'm beginning to think that OCD, MDD, and GAD haven't been worth it at all!
I remember someone saying that every panic attack you have after your first panic attack is based on the fear of having another panic attack. That wouldn't surprise me at all. The worst panic attack I had was one of the last I had. It went on for what seemed like forever. But it was almost like it burnt itself out of me. After that one I had a few more, but they couldn't compete.

Of course, the anxiety didn't stop, just the panic. Not to worry, it found other ways to make me miserable.

Have you noticed any improvement with the Zoloft? Is that the only ssri you've tried?
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Re: HELP, having a panic attack now!
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2014, 10:24:09 AM »
Seriously, I'm beginning to think that OCD, MDD, and GAD haven't been worth it at all!
I remember someone saying that every panic attack you have after your first panic attack is based on the fear of having another panic attack. That wouldn't surprise me at all. The worst panic attack I had was one of the last I had. It went on for what seemed like forever. But it was almost like it burnt itself out of me. After that one I had a few more, but they couldn't compete.

Of course, the anxiety didn't stop, just the panic. Not to worry, it found other ways to make me miserable.

Have you noticed any improvement with the Zoloft? Is that the only ssri you've tried?
  yeah it must be the fear I have that is makin me hve more attacks. no I haven't really felt improvement with zoloft. Idk if it's cuz my thoughts and anxiety are too strong. I tried celexa before this and didn't feel anything. I might try to switch to Prozac
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Re: HELP, having a panic attack now!
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2014, 10:54:34 AM »
I'm sorry you don't think the Zoloft is working yet. Tomorrow will be my 7th week on prozac. My dose is still low, only 20mg, but I do feel like it's helping. I'm not feeling normal yet, but I'm better than I was and I had a three week period where I did feel great.

Have you read the book When Panic Attacks, by David Burns?
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Re: HELP, having a panic attack now!
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2014, 11:58:45 AM »
I'm sorry you don't think the Zoloft is working yet. Tomorrow will be my 7th week on prozac. My dose is still low, only 20mg, but I do feel like it's helping. I'm not feeling normal yet, but I'm better than I was and I had a three week period where I did feel great.

Have you read the book When Panic Attacks, by David Burns?
I'm glad that you feel that the Prozac is workin. It's so annoying having to find the right medication. No I havent, is it good? I recently ordered the anxiety and phobia workbook because it has good reviews. I haven't received it yet though.
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Re: HELP, having a panic attack now!
« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2014, 04:25:23 PM »
Yeah, but with the prozac it's hard to tell if it's working, or if I'm just getting better over time, or what. Recovery from this stuff is so gradual, it's hard to tell if it's working, or even if you're getting better until weeks have gone by. But I do feel like this is temporary.

I never got entirely through the book because as I read it I got over the panic. But flipping through it just now I realize I should probably go through it. And if you get it, buy the paper version, not the kindle version. There's pages you make copies of and write stuff down in.

The thing I don't like about those books, but which I understand is the best way, is the exposure work you have to do. You have to delve into your triggers and confront them. It's like treating cancer by filling your body with cancer. But it works.

There was another online panic treatment I saw that was based on learning to let the panic happen, in fact you try and make it worse. Apparently it works for a lot of people, but I never had the guts to try it.
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« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2014, 04:33:55 PM »
Yeah, but with the prozac it's hard to tell if it's working, or if I'm just getting better over time, or what. Recovery from this stuff is so gradual, it's hard to tell if it's working, or even if you're getting better until weeks have gone by. But I do feel like this is temporary.

I never got entirely through the book because as I read it I got over the panic. But flipping through it just now I realize I should probably go through it. And if you get it, buy the paper version, not the kindle version. There's pages you make copies of and write stuff down in.

The thing I don't like about those books, but which I understand is the best way, is the exposure work you have to do. You have to delve into your triggers and confront them. It's like treating cancer by filling your body with cancer. But it works.

There was another online panic treatment I saw that was based on learning to let the panic happen, in fact you try and make it worse. Apparently it works for a lot of people, but I never had the guts to try it.
yeah that's what I think when it comes to medicines. I had taken 2 xanax one time and I had the urge to drove and I did with no panic which the I wondered if it was me who was gettin better or was it the xanax talking. I'll definitely get tht book, anything to get my life back together.
And I agree that I dont have the guts to do that's as well. Like When people feel an attack comin on, they tell the attack to bring it on. My mind is so attached to the panic that I couldn't  Do that
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Re: HELP, having a panic attack now!
« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2014, 12:10:20 AM »
Xanax is something I've never had. I have it as a mythical happy pill. But I know if I ever take it, I'll just want it all the time.
I was so disappointed to learn how long the prozac took to work, followed by the worst statement someone can say, "if it does work." I'm fortunate to have a pdoc I really like who really knows his stuff. How much longer are they going to give the Zoloft? The good news is that even if it doesn't work, you've got a lot of options and the meds will get sorted out. And until then you can get these books and workbooks and make progress. None of this lasts forever, but it sure feels like it does.
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Re: HELP, having a panic attack now!
« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2014, 06:12:00 PM »
Xanax is something I've never had. I have it as a mythical happy pill. But I know if I ever take it, I'll just want it all the time.
I was so disappointed to learn how long the prozac took to work, followed by the worst statement someone can say, "if it does work." I'm fortunate to have a pdoc I really like who really knows his stuff. How much longer are they going to give the Zoloft? The good news is that even if it doesn't work, you've got a lot of options and the meds will get sorted out. And until then you can get these books and workbooks and make progress. None of this lasts forever, but it sure feels like it does.

yeah it all depends on the person who's taking the xanax. i don't feel like i need to take it all the time, only when i know I'm going to be going into a stressful situation or if i'm feeling anxious and/or had panic attack.
i actually went to my nurse practioner today and she put me on prozac. i told her that zoloft gives me an headache literally headache, so she is having me start on 10 mg of prozac, hoping it works!
i just received my workbook so I'm going to start reading that soon.
i hope the prozac works well for both of us!
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