Two months ago I went for a MRI and within 30 seconds of being inside the machine I had my first ever panic attack. Over the next two months I have had 8 attacks 3 severe 5 semi. All my panic attacks have the same reason which is going back to work and being in a fire which I have been doing for 8 yrs with no problem. Had a baby 21/2 months ago and am getting married. Before MRI slept 2 hrs due to waking up with baby every two hours and not being able to sleep. Will Zoloft help me being my dr is putting me on this med. Any words of advice or encouragement would be appreciated.
Zoloft - Panic attacks about going back to work as fireman?
Added 30 Oct 2013:
I mentioned having baby and getting married because these are major stressors which apparently contributed to my panic attacks. I have a constant stomach queezyness and absolutely can not get the thought out of my head of going back to work and having a panic attack which is what gives me my panic attacks now.
You are right, you have some major stressors going on! Think the MRI was just the final straw... Zoloft has worked for me with panic attacks along with counseling. My daughter is an EMT and has panic attacks also so I know she can get tweaked by certain calls. She takes Clonazapam (spelling ?) PRN and that helps her along with Paxil. Sleep deprivation makes it worse so try to sneak in a mini-nap when you can. If nothing else, while going to the bathroom, turn the light off, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Could this be hormonal? Maybe talk to your OB/GYN since you gave birth recently. Hope this helps :)
If your having panic attacks after Taking the medication or after it has become active within your system, more than likely it is the medication. Zoloft has a tendency to cause anxiety although it may be considered a safer alternative to Benzodiazepines. I would look into Clonazepam, I have panic disorder and it helps me immensely. Just I would advise to research these medications and make an educated decision this is the site for just that the information is all here. Another great source are APA journal articles about anxiety disorders, as well as Psychology Today, The more sources, the greater accuracy in the conclusion I have always found.
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