Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
Post Edited (stkitt) : 8/12/2008 7:55:36 AM (GMT-6)
I was diagnosed with Panic-disorder (ptsd) when I turned 33. I had just lost my both my parents in a matter of 3 years. That was enough to put me over the edge! They put me on Klonopin and I had awful headaches! Wasn't the stuff for me! Maybe that's causing headaches? I remember too waking up in the middle of the night all the time just sweaty, breathing heavy (I feel for yah!) I've had depression since I was 17 and really didn't know ANXIETY was it's ugly cousin!!! Panic sucks the life out of you! When I first had panic attacks I thought I was having a heart attack. I had one right after another for 3 days straight once. Whew! Lost 35 pounds in a matter of a month...ended up in E.R. There is LIGHT at the end of the tunnel. Nobody ever told me I could be normal again. It was so bad that I had memory loss and couldn't even drive or write a check. I know when your in it....it seems like you'll be like this the rest of your life. NOT TRUE:)
Anyway, the best medicine for me was a therapist who specialized in panic-disorder. Took me awhile to find one. Went through six different therapists. I saw him for a year and he taught me SO much of my bad thought patterns and helped me figure out my abusive childhood. Eventually, went off Klonopin and got on prozac and paxil. Now, just on Paxil. I could be the Paxil poster girl. Worked great for me. I had tried effexor, wellbutrin, pozac, zoloft.
Best of Luck to you!
How frustrating..all that exercise and still the weight gain. You've already had some great advice, small regular meals can help boost your metabolism..other than that we are at the mercy of our medications and their side effects.
I guess we just have to weigh up (I'm not making a bad joke here, honest!) the benefits against the nasties. I hope you are feeeling better now you are back on the meds. All the best, and good luck with your training.