my panic attacks start from the moment i wake up.i feel scared& just not right.the only "normal" i get is when i take benzos.
Angela, I feel the same. Scared how Im going to feel that day, if its going to be good or bad. I get nervous, scared, dizzy, sometimes I feel like Im going to pass out. I don't go out alot. Sometimes I can go out and have a good day, never any big stores or a large crowd of people, it freaks me out. I take xanax, its the only thing that makes me feel normal and sometimes it doesn't work. I try hard to stay away from any drama.Sometimes I even feel like Im having a heart attack. At one point I was afraid to sleep, scared I was going to die. Im better now. I even went mos without going out of my house. I still don't drive. I understand how u feel. I know I have not been any help but thats the way it makes me feel. hang in there. Im always here to listen or talk.
Panic attacks are very scarey and I understand what you are going through. I have low grade anxiety now after many years of suffering with high anxiety and panic attacks. I am going to give you the symptoms of a panic attack from the literature first:
Panic attacks typically include a few or many of these symptoms:
A sense of impending doom or death
Rapid heart rate
Shortness of breath
Tightness in your throat
Mine usually included rapid hear rate, sweating, trembling sometimes, and faintness sometimes. They don't last long ususally peak in about 10 minutes and are over in a half hour. The fear is unexplained and well just plain scarey. Mine usually had a trigger like something that set it off. After many years in therapy, I learned what my triggers were and either learned to avoid them or to contend when I was aware of having to be around triggers. Medication helps but still have had to face my fears. I live with a low level of anxiety now, with very little in the way of panic attacks. I still have difficulty when driving but I force myself to push through the times because I no longer want to be a victim.
I don't remember what medications you are taking, anything other than the benzo's? There are other medications that will help with the panic and anxiety. You may want to investigate the possibilities. Try the following website: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/panic-attacks/DS00338/DSECTION=symptoms
There are numerous pages to read and it covers all the medication types used for this disorder.
Best wishes and please write anytime, I am here for you,
I also suffer from anxiety and panic attacks,the attacks are just horrible and so frighteneng i often felt like my heart was going to jump out of my chest,i would get the dizziness and weak like Von described.I am on xanax for it which helps sometimes,i also tried therapy for a while which helped a little,my attacks were not triggered from anything or any specific reason(not that i knew of anyway)i did'nt get to that part in my therapy but i did learn tools to cope with the attacks.I hate crowds and scared of small spaces,the night time used to be worse for me,i hated going to sleep,had thoughts in my head that i would'nt wake up.Anxiety is a terrible feeling and can take over your life,maybe try councelling to see if you have triggers that set off the panic,just take baby steps,one day at a time.Here to talk or listen also anytime,do not feel alone,there are so many others who are like us.It often helps to write down how you're feeling after a panic attack to see if it was a situation or thought that set it off,so you can learn how to cope with the panic arising so you can catch it before it gets to a full blown attack(hope that makes sense)
I'm still new at working on my anxiety so i dont have alot of experience in overcoming the fear,but as i said take it day by day,thats what i'm doing.
I wish you all the best
Angela, I am so sorry this happens to you. And to me. Upon awakening I am frozen by irrational fear that completely paralyzes me. Xanax works but only for a very short time... the rest of the day I am fearful, timid, try to keep to myself. Have lost friends due to my inactivity, am lonely and hope that Lorazepam 1mg x 3/day, newly prescribed will help. Your doctor must listen to you until you find the right med/meds for YOU. Insist he/she listens to you so you get the right meds. If not right, try something new until something works! Be assertive, get answers, get BETTER!
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