... want to deal with it I've been in over a year of therapy and they even say I need meds hopless
There's nothing wrong with taking meds for severe panic attacks. Sounds like you've tried therapy. Was it cognitive-behavioral therapy? That seems to work best for panic attacks/panic disorder. If people have given therapy a good try, and don't find relief, taking meds is ok. Many of us, including me, have to take medications to control panic attacks. They usually start with the SSRI anti-depressant meds which can be very helpful for some (like Prozac... look up SSRIs and you'll find a list) Even though they are anti-depressants, most, except Wellbutrin, have anti-panic effects. Different people respond to different ones. Others are Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro, Celexa. I would avoid the SNRI's like Effexor or Cymbalta until you have a good trial on an SSRI.
Some people, though respond very well to SNRIs Just remember that for a week or so you might experience worsening anxiety-that just means the drug is working-and a doctor might consider giving you a benzodiazepine for a short time until the SSRI works. You can start at a low dose-some people can only tolerate a low starting dose-and then slowly increase the dose. Your dr can help you with this. People generally respond in anywhere from 1 week to 6 weeks, so it might take some time to work. Everyone's body responds differently. There's no shame in taking medication. Think of it like diabetes or high blood pressure - people take meds for these problems. Panic is partially a problem in the brain and nervous system, and the brain is simply another organ of your body. There is help. Hope you can find an understanding doctor. Please don't feel hopeless-there's every reason to feel hopeful.
B5 Have a talk with your doctor if its been awhile and you still are not feeling much better,,, They should have you on medications you should not have to suffer anymore than needed,,and just let the doctor pick out what medications you need,If you go in and try to tell them many get standback thinking you know to much but just be aware its not like a lightswitch coming on it take s a bit of time for them to kick in and not always is the first ones they try the right ones its a hit and miss game sadly but stay patient and get them to start you on something..good luck..if this doctor well not there are lots of doctors out there don't continue to wait out this game they are putting you through Chuck1957
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