I started having panic attacks three years ago. I use to be able to control them up until this past month. They started me on welbutrin 150 mg, and at first ativan .5mg. I felt really funny on the ativan, and it actually made me feel more anxious. The physician removed the ativan, and started me on Klonopin, same dosage. I was told through a few friends that these medicines will not even help my panic attacks. Medicines really scared me, especially benzo's. I want to feel normal without the needs of medicines. My question is, are these medicines necessary for a panic attack that occurs twice a week?
Your Dr's diagnosis and actions taken as a result are the direction you should take with the questions first. Friends and Internet opinions lead to perplexing confusion as no one knows your unique needs but your Dr. As far as controlling or dealing with anxiety without meds, yes it is very possible, provided you are able to get the right guidance. We need not be led around by our emotions and our feelings, it is possible to command what you think, and how you think about it, but there must be techniques in place to be successful, because our feelings and emotions are extremely powerful, and deceptive.
Stability can be achieved without meds, yes it can, and you are on a powerful medication that brings its own issues to the table (side-effects) , anything on top of it will fog the issue further.
The climate these days is to medicate first, deal with it later. No, that is backwards and upside down, but common, all too common.
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