I need someone that will take what's going on with me seriously, I went to an urgent care and they laughed at me. I have major panic issues, scared to leave the house, recently started also getting them in my sleep.. I really need help I'm going down hill quick and have five children to take care of
My daughter is a physician, and she (and I) tend to have panic attacks. My daughter says docs don't take them seriously because they are not medically serious. However, they are psychologically serious, because people like us suffer.
I've also learned that many (too many) medical docs are uncomfortable talking about psychological/emotional issues, and their knee-jerk is to refer you to a psychiatrist. That's what I did 10 years ago, and I've been almost panic-free since going on lexapro and Klonopin. Klonopin is the best drug for panic attacks. It's long-lasting, and much less addictive than the shorter-acting xanax, ativan, valium, etc. Klonopin is inexpensive in the generic form, which works great…good luck, and know that you have a right to be taken seriously….
BTW other than her opinion on docs, none of my comments are based on my daughters opinions. I don't even know what she takes for it. On the other hand, my psychiatrist recommends Klonopin. However, all docs and shrinks prefer to give an anxiety-reducing SSRI, like lexapro along with the Klonopin, because there is so much pressure on them to avoid benzos. Doc will most likely want to try just the lexapro first, but I recommend you ask about Klonopin, and show him a copy of my comment if you'd like. Yes, lexapro helps, but panic anxiety also needs something like Klonopin…good luck, panic attacks are the most common form of psychiatric complaint (something like 1 out of 7 people experience them sometime during life--so you have plenty of company). In this day and age it is shameful that such a simple and treatable condition as panic attacks go untreated…good luck…and congratulations on the 5 kids--Mom's are heroes…best regards.
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