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?