My job sent me to a conference in Kansas City for two days and even though I have been doing fine with the switch to lexapro from zoloft, i had the worst anxiety attack on the airplane. So bad that my sister flew out to meet me. URGH!! i controlled myself at the airport so no one knew what was happening inside my head but this sucks... well i ever be myself again. This coming from somebody that would travel to europe months at a time, now i cant even go on a 2 hr flight, away from my family without having anxiety. Theres got to be something i can do to control it.
Hi nenag. Its the way it is.having said, the zoloft might need to be adjusted. I know its... the pits to say the least. trying to remember how long a time you've been on it (zoloft). Give it time. When I was on it, it worked well, against my anxiety. I know, its not the best of advise that I'm offering, yet, it should help you. You might need to take it with say wellbutrin, as a combo. That, often helps a drug like zoloft to work better for you. Take care ok? don't let it get you to far down in the dumps. You'll see, just a bit more time. Won't be on the sight anymore this evening, so, have a good night, and weekend. ( I was in aviation for years) and I now have a dread of flying. Thats the honest truth. Imagine huh? Bye nenag,
I really really do care and it may be because of a change in medications, I have suffered with panic attacks in the past and aggoraphobia, if anyone would have told me what I am doing now I would tell you that I couldn't possibly I lead the singing in the morning and evening worship at church I didn't think I could do something like this without having an attack. the only medicine that I am on now is low dose xanax but I don't use it to get by when I had the worst several years ago I probably related this story to you I went into counseling I found a fantastic person who worked with me to develop tools I have mentioned prior to this I do any and everything I can to keep my mind from even going in that direction, if I told you that I didn't feel the physical symptoms that would not be truthful it just that I handle the situation in a much different way.
I am so sorry that this has been so difficult for you believe me I am sure it might lead you to think these could never have been severe, Well I spent nearly a month in bed, wouldn't go outside the house yes it's been several years but one thing that I think rings true once you ever have a panic attack you never ever forget how horrible they can be. I do care it is my desire to encourage in any way that is possible
I feel for you with what you went through, anxiety attacks are horrible and they leave you with this scarey feeling long after the attack is over,they can come on at any given time for no particular reason,(although i know yours was at the airport full of people)when i started having them at first it was usually in crowded places(like what happened you),then went on to when i was at home in my house,the dreads of panic would come upon me and i would go into full panic attack mode,thought i would die many atime with the feelings that overcame me.
I went to doc and was put on lexapro that helped for a while along with xanax like billy mentioned,i had to go to cbt,which i probably told you this before,the meds help to a certain extent but the therapist was able to give me hints on how to control panic when you feel it coming on first so that it wont escalate into a full blown panic attack,it helps better to know these things are there so if and when the dreaded panic decides to rear its ugly head as some describe it-you wiill know how to calm it down!! The zoloft should help with time,but i cant rem if you said in other posts that you were going for councelling. As i said i went for a while and it helped for leaning how to cope with the attacks,but i've been on alot of different meds since then and my anxiety is starting to get worse again so my pysc wants me to go to another lot of stress therapy,which i will try and see how it goes,i'll try anything to get rid of the panic and anxiety i feel ona daily basis.I have'nt found what triggers these attacks for me,although they did calm down for a while and that was some relief in itself to say the least!!
Anyway enough about me,i know you're busy with your job,but if you could fit in some cognitive behavior therapy,it will help you to control the panic attacks and eventually you will no how to ease them when you feel attacks coming on,it can do no harm for you to try it..
I wish you luck my friend and hope you can overcome these feelings soon!
Keep posting if you can,you are not alone in this,there's lots here that care!
I wasnt aware zoloft was prescribed for anxiety. I was prescribed 200mg of zoloft as a mood stabiliser as i was always feeling angry. I started hallucinating, once whilst driving i remember the traffic lights were coming towards me i missed hitting a taxi cab by a gun shot before coming to a stop on somebodys front lawn. NEVER again will i take ZOLOFT. I was on it for about 4 months and it did nothing to stabilise my moods, it did nearly put me in jail though. There are much better anxiety medications out there. I would seriously look into others, this site could recommend some effective anxiety meds if you are interested. Unfortunately i can only recommend valium as that it what i take, best of luck to you.
I'm sorry for not answering before. I can only say one thing that you already know. Don't let the ilness control you. It might be hard sometimes and we have to give it in to have our thoughts to be put in place. But we can make it. I went to a completely zombie for 2 years of intensive psychiatric admission to leave a almost normal life again, working, taking a degree , having a relationship and very few tablets. It was almost like a dream. Of course I get unwell sometimes, but never that bad again. Give it time. Don't pressurise yourself too much and know your body. Hope you feel well soon. X
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