I was diagnosed with panic disorder in Aug 2001 and was prescribed PAXIL. I took the PAXIL religiously and honestly felt great and with my Dr's approval I weaned off over 4 months, ending in Feb 2009. I have felt great up until this past Monday night.
I felt a sudden rush before I went to bed an couldn't fall asleep. As per most panicker's, I began getting anxious on not sleeping on Tuesday night. Obviously, this high anxiety resulted in me not sleeping on the Tuesday night and I really started to feel down and frustrated, which fueled the anxiety. On went to my doctor on Wednesday morning to discuss and he suggested I wait a couple of days to see if I can get a good nights sleep in and if that will alleviate my anxiety. Sure enough I had a work out last night to get my body tired and went to bed at 8:30pm (I know it was early, but I was tired). I woke up at 10pm anxious that this was too good to be true. I stayed up until 2am, at one point telling my wife the high level of anxiety (not in panic mode - just very high) is getting unbearable. She calmed me down and I fell asleep until 6:30am to go to work.
Now at work, my anxiety level is at around 50%, meaning I am overly anxious but not panicking.
I am thinking of going back on the Paxil to get me over this hump. I am from Ontario Canada, and therapists need to be referred by you physician, and at this point, I have not been referred.
I am looking for (hopefully) some happy endings from others that indicate that this will be short lived and I can get back to feeling great. Also, any coping techniques anyone may suggest to get a better nights sleep (I am using breathing and thought replacement to the best of my abilities - but this anxiety fights back hard).
Thanks in advance for any insight.