... stopping my medication went to see a new doctor 2 weeks ago. My main issue at this point has been how out of control my panic attacks have become, they are so bad it is hard for me to go in public for fear that I will have one(because I have them quite frequently when I am in stores or away from my home). I find it hard to openly talk to my Psychiatrist, but have only seen him one time. He subscribed me Zoloft and xanax(but only .5 mg once a day. There are some days I seem to have an all day panic attack(if that makes any sense)and only being able to take one pill for anxiety on these bad days is rough. Is it out of line to discuss my doctor increasing my xanax to 2 a day, just so I won't panic about panicking?
Panic Disorder - I have suffered with panic attacks and depression for years, and after 3 years off?
- 28 Nov 2012 by brendaboo
- 3 December 2012
- depression, panic disorder, doctor, medication
Added 28 Nov 2012:
Just to add, I do see my Psychiatrist tomorrow so that is why I did not call him today, I did call yesterday because I could not find anyone to go with me and I can not go alone. The receptionist just said "you can do it". Thankfully my father is taking me to my appointment so I don't have to take a 3 hour bus ride alone panicking the whole time.
Hi Brendaboo, NO, it's not out of line to ask your psych doc to increase your xanax! He/she should be ashamed of under-treating your diagnoses.
Ask, or better yet, CALL his/her office right away and explain how you feel to anyone that answers the phone. You really sound as if you need 4mgs of xanax, or a different benzodiazapine, like ativan, which has a longer half life, it stays in your system longer than xanax.
Make that call, then, if you are able, let me know what happened, I care,
Hello brendaboo, Just as Mac said No it is not out of line asking your doctor to increase your xanax. You sound like you're really suffering. I have been in the same situation, my heart goes out to you. You should call your doctor right away and let he/she know exactly how you are feeling, tell it all like you have told us. I am with high hopes you will soon be feeling better ... pamee.
I know Exactly what you are talking about.
First off if you are un comfortable talking to a male you may ask your Dr. if there is a Female Dr. in there group & if so ask to be referred to her as you feel more comfortable.
Next the easiest way I found to talk to physciatrist is to Write down ALL of the things you would like to discuss BEFORE you actually go to the Dr. That way you can go down the list with more confidence & you will not forget important things you need to discuss.
Then while I was reading about you being panicked while being "outside" your house.. I have that also & I was diagnosed with
Social Anxiety & Agrophobia (sp?).
But both of these are associated with the fear someone has when they are out of there "Safe" home setting.
Usually most people have these types of social anxiety is with people that "fear" something will happen to YOU if you are not In your safe house. The most common reason is if people have medical problems & fear if they are not with someone you trust... That you might not make it through the medical emergency. Or that you might be Really embarrassed if you have an "incident" while you are out.
And please believe me there is Nothing to be embarrassed about as this is more common than you would think.
I think it is REALLY Important that you tell your current Physciatrist or if you are referred to a woman physciatrist.
And once you explain to them that you are panicking because you don't understand why this is happening to you.
Once you explain to them the fear you are having especially when you have to go outside the house... They can then prescribe you the correct medication.
And also you will need talk therapy to help you understand the fear.
But please Tonight take & write down what you fear & what makes it worse.
I wish you the best of luck & let us know how things go for you. And please Remember YOU ARE NOT ALONE.. This is a Very Common problem.
Take care, Kathy
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