Good Morning crwdrkla,
First off, welcome to Healing Well, I hope you find that this is a wonderful place to come to for support, help, caring and compassion.
Like deepakk, I too have suffered from panic attacks for a long time. They can be very debilitating because we do not want to encounter what makes us panicky. Being on meds and/or seeing a therapist does not mean anything except that you are getting the help that you need. Iknow how you feel about taking meds, I don't like doing it either, but I know that I need to do this - it's part of getting better. There's a thread that I just brought up to the top regarding CBT. THis is a type of therapy that changes your negative thinking to positive thoughts. It works for some and not for others, but many people here use it, including myself. In that thread is a link for you to go to a free online CBT course. Maybe this will help you to get the panic under control. But I really do think you should consider therapy and/or meds - it really does help.
Please keep posting so we know how you are doing and we can continue to support you. Again, a warm welcome to you from all at Healing Well.
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Dx: Agoraphobia, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Barrett's Esophagus, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Essential Tremors, Fibromyalgia, I.B.S., Mitral Valve Prolapse, Narcolepsy, PTSD, Restless Leg Syndrome, Severe Acid Reflux, Sleep Apnea, Social Anxiety
Rx: Abilify, Ambien CR, Ativan, Flexeril, Lamictal, Neurontin, Nexium, Requip, Ritalin ER, Valium
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Welcome to HW, To say that panic attacks are horrible would be an understatement, but you are in the right place to get some support. Isn't it really annoying to have all those tests and hope there is a "fixable" problem only to discover it's all in your head. How I wished for a thyroid problem!!
It's great you are getting therapy, and I'm echoing Wen here but sometimes you do need meds initially to re-balance. I'm not advocating, but it can be a short term thing that gets you back on track. Like diabetics take insulin,sometimes P/a sufferers need to take anti-deps or anti-anxiety meds...it's really up to you and your doc, but please don't discount it alltogether.
Kayla,Welcome to Healing Well and the A & P Forum. I see you have met many of our wonderful members and have received some great advice.
Please continue to post and you will find that this is a great place to find people who know where your coming from and what your going through.