Hi momoftwins and welcome to HW.
They tell us that panic attacks only last for a short "discrete" period of time, but I for one disagree. I have had attacks that lasted well over an hour. You are not alone in this. Having just got through my own finals I can empathise with things being anxiety ridden at this time. Often, after an anxious time we can have a panic attack seemingly "out of the blue". It is scary and unfair, but as we relax, our mind can take over and let out the anxiety we suppressed.
I would reccomend seeing your normal GP (doc) and asking for a referral to a counsellor and maybe some stabilising medication until things get a little better for you. I wish you all the best. This is tough stuff, but know that at HW we will be here to listen and support.
Thanks for the reply Marthamae. I liked what you said about taking time for therapy. I know what is causing my test anxiety. I gave up my career and moved my family 6 hours from home for lawschool. I MUST suceed because this is plan "Z" for my family and I have huge financial stake in my schooling. My husband is 19 years older than I am and he never set aside for retirement. I see a day when I will have to support us all on my own.
Also, thanks for posting your experiences with panic. It sort of solidifies in my mind that that is what I was experiencing. My husband told me "its not real," but it sure FEELS real!
It sure IS real when it happens! Sorry you are feeling so much pressure to succeed, it's tough when you feel that everything depends on you. Try not to let that fear get out of hand though. There are always second chances, second tries and other choices!! Trust me, I've had my share of chances and I still get new ones given to me when I make mistakes. Phew! Try and hang in their for that appointment and know you can post here anytime you are feeling anxious or upset or even when you feel ok. Share it with us and we will help ok.
As far as the meds go, no use asking for Klonopin if she took you off Ativan as they are all from the same family...........benzodiazepines.
I am on a beta blocker and I take mine for a familial hand tremor but it is sometimes helpful in anxiety and panic. IMHO it is worth a try.
CBT I know of but I have not much info on Biofeedback. Some on the forum is doing the Biofeedback now so perhaps you will get some info.
See our post above under resources posted by Wen as she has some links there that might help you.
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety, Panic & Depression *~*