I've been having panic attacks for the last few months... 3 totally full blown ones since November, during the last one I had to call an ambulance and it scared me so much I started taking buspirone and also xanax. I've been taking these for a month but they only seem like band aids and I'm afraid I'm getting addicted to xanax (I take at most about 1 mg a day, most days 0.5, when i have a panic attack about 1 mg) I don't know what to do... I'm also depressed because I broke up with my boyfriend of 10 years, and I am afraid of everything down to the food I eat... I've had every test done so I know it's not a heart condition but I'm still so afriaid of having the next panic attack especially when I'm all alone at night. I feel like I constantly need someone around me to watch me. I also get scared of driving at night by myself and long distances by myself... I don't want to take xanax forever but during these long lonely nights I don't know what to do. Is there a light at the end of the tunnel? Should I take ativan over xanax? The next day after taking xanax I feel very chemically depressed... which adds to the depression I already have...
What to do about panic attacks over everything?
- 13 Mar 2012 by Camilla2012
- 13 March 2012
- panic disorder
im sorry to hear that im also suffer from similar problems.
first off dont go get Ativan in my opinion its more addictive and makes me jittery. i know this is going to sound stupid but u got to put positive thoughts in your head when your brain starts thinking like that just basically tell it to shut up i know its hard but you got to be strong it seams like theres no hope but there is when you start feeling bad take a little drive it allways help me. go get your self some melatonin if you dont like the xanax see how that works it helps me and save the xanax for when things get really bad.try to surround your self with positive people and talk to them about whats going on it help to get things off your chest. if u ever need some one you can allways talk to me if u need to
we here at drugs.com are every friendly and we all help each other cuz most of us been there done that. i hope some of what i told you will help you. please remember that getting out the house WILL help alot just a little walk or a drive you got to find something to get your mind off things and also exercising helps it releases indorfans that make you feel happy and calm
Hello Camilla2012. Not certain about the drugs, medications you're currently taking. But, I believe that you might get some relief through therapy. (you never mentioned it one way or another) Having a therapist can often do wonders. That, along with taking medication(s) can make a world of difference. Best regards,pledge
Hi Camilla, & welcome to the site. First of all I would say your amount of xanax is still fairly small, so don't think you have to wry yet about the addiction part, but it is addictive. The lengh of time & the amount you are taking is no where near th addction stage. You also have to have an addictive personality to become an addict. You can build a tolerance to any drug, & need increases. I like the idea that someone else gave you about melatonin instead, or even a couple of benadryl to help make you sleepy at night. It really woks & allows you to get sleeppy.I also agree that seeing a physcologist is a great idea. I have to wonder if you were in an abusive relationship or not. It doesn't have to be physically abusive. Sometimes mental abuse , the tearing down of ones character can do a job on a person. I have been through this, & I was terrified to be alone & on my won. These are things you can discuss with your physcologist.
Sometimes just getting it all out helps tremendously. You may find out after a while that you are better off on your own, & don't fall for anyone too quickly as that is just rebound "looking for love in all the wrong places". We tend to pick the same type of mates we are used to being with, & it sounds like maybe yours was a disaster? Just some thoughts, & welcome again. There are alot of people on here to help so just hang in there...
Camilla2012 It sounds like you are experiencing situational panic attacks. I am assuming that this all started when you started having problems with your boyfriend and became worse when the breakdown came. I would think the xanax would help in the short term but... you have it within you to control the anxiety and panic. I know it does not seem like it now, but it will come. At a certain point you are going to find out that he wasn't worth all of this anxiety and depression and that you are strong enough to get over this storm. I recently started having anxiety and panic attacks but as soon as I learned how to divert my mind to other thoughts and started forcing myself to resume my life the anxiety and panic attacks stopped. You are in control and as soon as you can take that control back the sooner the panic attacks will stop. I know that sounds impossible but when you are ready it will happen. For right now the medication, psychologist, mediation and exercise will help. Keep the faith you will be getting better soon.
first id like to say im sorry for what your going thru. i too have really bad attacks, and the worst being the past 4 days. ive always had them but they are alot worse since im on a taper off of percocet. i also had all the tests on my heart cause i was going to the er thinking it was a heart attackl, its the worse feeling. im affraid to be alone, i cry all the time. im on xanax also and it works, but i too dont wanna get dependant. but if i dont take it i get this intense fear that im dying. last nite i cried myself to sleep. woke up at 12 am then couldnt go back to bed. i can feel a very slite one. this site is the best thing that has ever happend to me. with out it, id really have no one. my husband trys to help, but has come to realize hes not helping but making it worse. i get these attacks and im affraid to go to sleep cause i think im not gonna wake up. it really makes my days at work miserable. ive tried so many ways to relieve and controll them, but it doesnt work. i hope things for you get better, take care, leanne
First of all welcome to the site if you are new. I am very sorry you are going through this. I have major panic attacks, well they have gotten better, and I, myself, take Klonopin, which I was told is like a cousin to Xanax. I agree soo much with what everyone has allready has said to you. One Lady name Mary, which I adore, mentioned that you are not on a very high dose of Xanax, and you have to have an addictive personality ect... I know you don't like the thought of taking medicine, but I have an aunt that put it to me this way one time. Its wrong to take medicine when you don't need it, but it's just as wrong to not take it when you do. Whether its Melatonin or Xanax, or something else, maybe you need it just temporarily. Severe anxiety can cause all types of other problems on your body.
I was told a million times to seek a therapist or group counseling, and for a long time just shrugged my shoulders. But I tell ya, being around other people who understand and are there to help you with your problems is remarkable. And it's remarkable what it can do for you. I'm so glad I finally went and what it did for me. I still have the anxiety and paranoi issues. I was in a terrible abusive marriage and it did a number on me. But I'm with someone wonderful now and thank goodness my life and issues are not like they once was. I hope you too will find this place too soon. One girl mentioned the positive thinking. You really have to push those positive thoughts too. No negative thinking will help you. Believe me. I'm not an expert regarding alot of things, but I'm very familiar with Anxiety and Paranoia. It's a frightening thing to have. Best of luck to you my friend, and we are always here for you, whenever you need us. Take care, Ruth
Hello. Glad to see you are reaching out. It is the best step forward you can take. I too have been dealing with panic attacks, anxiety and paranoia. It has proven to be a combination of my meds, my horrible childhood and too many negative things happening all within a 24 hour period. The brain was on overload. Amazing how much fear one can generate at night or alone during the day.
So I reached out here, just like you. I did see a therapist and he simply told me that no one can have that much happen in a life and not feel it eventually. Then a week later I found myself in an ambulance heading to the hospital and given a choice of surgery with high risk or bleed to death? I mean, really? I started to laugh and suddenly the fear just evaporated. Yes, the old adage is true, things really can get worse.
I saw the therapist four days later. We made a plan to get me better and I will stay on the Xanax and antidepressant until I start feeling less afraid and more like the person I prefer to be. You should know that I have always been the one healing others. So I am pretty bad at asking for help for myself. One step at a time, dear, and you will break this cycle. It is temporary and within you is the strength to get that help. I bet there are many who depend on you in their lives and I bet they too want the best for you.
Guys will come and go. Don't forget it. When the right one steps in, you won't believe it at first. It took a lot of pain and time until I found my husband. We will now be married 28 years. Two wasted marriages before that and both abusive. Wish someone would have helped me then. Lucky for you it is all out there to get help now.
Get back to the doc and get a therapist right away. The doc can get you faster results for an appointment. And only watch comedies, do focused things like puzzles or crafts or play an instrument. Remember what you are really about. A lot of people are sending you love right now. You can do the same, sooner than it seems. we all can have these really hard times. We do get through them, as I know you will too.
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