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Fallon
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   Posted 5/1/2008 5:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a step-daughter who is currently being treated for Panic disorder.  Her biological mother was also diagnosed with this disorder 10 years ago.  She was also diagosed with Bipolar Disorder a few years earlier; however, she is not being treated for it.  She didn't agree with the diagosis and so refused treatment.  She has since seen doctors who put her on Paxal for panic/anxiety disorder. My step-daughter is 12. She has been on Prozac for 4 weeks now and it doesn't seem to be helping much.  Her attacks are less frequent now; however, my husband and I just found out a couple of days ago that while she isn't having attacks, it is ever present on her mind. 
 
 Moreover, she feels as if the whole world is conspiring against her.  She feels that everyone is going to try to kill her.  She is NOT suicidal.  She just feels that every time we give her some medicine (even Advil) that she won't wake up, if she goes to sleep.  She doesn't sleep well at all.  She fears her heart will stop beating and she will die.  No amount of reassurance, even from the therapist, can calm these fears.  We have tried so many times, as have others, to tell her that it is her family that loves her the most and wants to keep her happy and healthy.  She knows that she's having irrational thoughts but actually believes them from time to time. 
 
The thing that led me to this forum was the fact that on rare days, like today, she is up and happy, too happy sometimes.  I am wondering if puberty has brought on bipolar disorder instead of panic disorder.  She doesn't have the extreme highs and lows but she can get quite depressed but at other times, silly and somewhat euphoric. But even during these elated times, she says she still thinks about death and still fears the world is out to get her.
 
Can you give me some insight?

serafena
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   Posted 5/1/2008 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Fallon,

Welcome to HealingWell.

It's such a hard call with teens because everyone always says "Oh, that's just normal teen behavior," but clearly this goes beyond that. I think your only solution is to take her to a psychiatrist for an evaluation. It will put your mind at ease to know one way or another.

She does need the highs and lows; but the highs and lows look different for everybody. As to the panic, it takes a few weeks for the Prozac to start working, so it may still be getting into her system and work better in the coming weeks. The worry about the pills is a form of panic, so she obviously is still struggling with it. That's one strong anxiety. Poor girl. Still keep an eye out for suicidal thoughts with the Prozac.

Hope this is helpful.

serafena
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Fallon
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   Posted 5/1/2008 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Serafena,

Thanks for the input. We took her to a therapist who diagnosed her with Panic Disorder. None of the info about the paranoia was disclosed, however. I was speaking with one of my students (age 17) just a little while ago, who is Bipolar, and she told me that my step-daughter sounds just like her. Their similarities are amazing. I definitely think the next step is for us to see a psychiatrist. My student told me that once they stabilized her moods, her anxiety and her paranoia lessened tremendously.

Thanks again for the input! Any help or advice or insight is appreciated!!!!!

Fallon

sukay
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   Posted 5/2/2008 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Fallon,

Just giving my two cents worth. I agree. I think you need to schedule that appointment with her psychiatrist and talk about everything that is going on. Thoes aren't little details, they are big ones.

Good Luck and keep us posted.

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