I can't even leave my house most of the time. whenrver i have 2 go 2 any gatherings even stores i start sweating,dizzy,my chest feels likes it's gonna cave in. I get real paronoid & freaked out. my mind goes 2 racing with all these what ifs.. please help with some advice.. Thank You
You would probably do best to go to an actual psychiatrist for medication to treat anxiety of this level. I have said it before, meds work quicker, but therapy works better long term, most people need both at first. There could also be a physical problem making this worse, such as a hormone problem, a thyroid problem and a few other things. Doctors are sometimes leary of placing someone on medications that are addictive and benzos fit that. Have you tried any of the antidepressants for this, a low dose of NON extended generic prozac worked almost as well to keep me calm as a benzo. The extended version at 20 mgs produced panic attacks but the 10 mg non long acting was great. Hope this helps some.
Hi lilkell. It does sound like "panic attacks" are getting the best of you. Many people become so disabled by anxiety that medication is the only way for them to live productive lives. At your next doctors appointment, ask him if he could please prescribe something that'll help this condition. Be sure to explain to him what these attacks are doing to you and how difficult it is to function in daily activities. Some doctors are not comfortable giving benzo's to patients. But explain to him that this is interfering with your life. You could also talk to a therapist who may give you some tips on how to deal with these stresses. Talking about anxiety and what triggers it really can help! Good luck to you and hope you can get this under control.
I have severe anxiety attacks also but refuse to take any pills for it. I have found out when i start having an anxiety attack the best thing to do is to focus on your breathing. Take slow breaths and just insure yourself that this is only an anxiety attack. The doc's told me that when people start having an anxiety attack they start freaking out and forget to breath almost as if you are holding your breath and that makes things worse. so give it a try , i cant say that it will help you but it does help me. it is worth a try for you and if you are home try laying down in a quite area and focus breathing. remember slow breath and focus on your breathing only. alice
I have been suffering from Chronic Panic disorder or Stress Anxiety disorder for 13 years. The only meds that worked for me were Klonipin and Xanax. I've tried every new generation of SSRI's to no avail. The sad thing is that I waited until my wife left me to seek treatment from a Phsyc instead of an MD. I was much surprised to find that I had ADD and not diagnosed until age 47. This had had a significant impact on the chronic stress I suffered. I now take Amphetimine 30mg 2 times a day and 2mg of Clonazapam per day. I am more"normal" than I recall ever in my life. I would caution everyone however that it is important to rotate diazapams every year or so as they become less effective over time. The symptoms you describe are like reading a personal diary, I went to the ER for Heart treatment twice before I had the original diagnosis. It is dificult to admit to yourself that you should see a Psychatrist(sic)? but in my case, if I had I would still have my family instead of withdrawing and unwilling to go anywhere with them except for work.
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