What can I do to help my husband with this disease. He runs evertime he panics. And leaves for days? How do i help Him? What can I do?
Hi just4tt, Please take your husband to a doctor. Panic attacks are quite unpleasant, to say the least! There are medications that will help him.
I must add that you are a kind and caring wife to ask how you can help him with this situation.
Please make an appointment asap. He will feel so much better when he is on a medication that helps with this.
I had the same problem about10 years ago.the best advise i can give you is to have him see a doctor.There are medications that stop panic attacts,and also prevent them from even coming.I had this disease to the point were i would go days without eating or sleeping.I went from 150lbs to 113lbs.Its anxiety and stress that sets off these attacts.Zanax helped me out and without them i would be back in that same sittuation again.Its a disorder,some people handle stress and anxiety better tha others.Some have to be medicated.
Panic attacks are horrible!! I agree with the other answers and get him to a doctor. I used to suffer too (not that severely) and valium worked very well for me. I never knew why they started, they just did. Maybe some counseling may help too? Very kind of you to seek out help for your husband.
Good luck and keep us posted on his progress.
My best wishes,
Panic + PTSD = not fun, at all, and that's an understatement. There's tons of medications out there that can provide relatively quick relief for both. I found that for PTSD, an Alpha Blocker named Minipress did wonders for me - so much better than the antipsychotic med Abilify that just make me feel like a zombie.
For the anxiety, SSRI's and Benzos are extremely helpful, and when taken under the care of a doctor, while both will cause dependence, if slowly tapered, you can stop these medications. Depending on if there's a trigger for the anxiety or not will often determine what type of benzo that would be prescribed. If it happens in situations that can be recognized, then a quick and short acting benzo like xanax is often the choice, used as is needed. If it's totally unpredictable, then a longer lasting one would be recommended to be taken on a continuous basis such as Klonopin or Xanax Extended Release, taken 2x's a day.
Once he becomes stable, I'd strongly recommend therapy, as then you can actually solve the problem vs. just covering up the symptoms, and eventually go off the medication. PTSD obviously is causing the panics, and once the root problem is solved, everything should click back into place. There's many methods to solving this problem with therapy, and often has a good outcome, as long as you feel comfortable with the counselor or psychiatrist. It would be time well spent if you can pull it off.
best of luck to you, and hope that this is of some help to you!
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