Post Edited (Twiggygal) : 10/23/2009 11:58:16 PM (GMT-6)
Hi Twiggy...my worst panic used to happen the moment my eyes popped open in the morning...palpatations and sweating. I got one idea from my therapist and that was to give the panic a time limit. I started with a half hour. If it was 8:00 I told 'it' that it had until 8:30 to get the hell outta Dodge. Then, when that worked, I lowered the time limit by five minutes. I don't know why, but that approach actually worked for me. I also have leaned not to fight off the panic. Just Let It Ride, as it will pass. Thank you Claire Weekes. Your body just has so much adreanlin that it can release and the attacks are frustrating and scary but not dangerous. You just have to keep telling yourself that.
After some very traumatic events in my life my physican prescribed Lexapro...against the advice of my therapist, and I went for it. My dosage was small (10mgs) but it too pooped out on me and because it gave me continuous blurred vision I decided to not up the dosage and wean off. If you decide to do this, please go very slowly and lower your dosage over the course of many weeks. I am in week four of withdrawal and it is not a pretty sight but I am determined to get off of this stuff, as it was no longer working and I just don't want to be on an SSRI for the rest of my life. I do take valium (5 mgs at night) for Restless Leg as Requip was horrific...at least for me. If I'm having a really anxious day I take one during the day. But that doesn't happen very often anymore. I just distract myself and let it do it's thing, knowing it will pass. Saying this...some people need to be on SSRI's and I know they can be lifesavers and allow for a normal, panic free life. This is just my decsion and experience and I know not everyone shares my opinion. I would just not want you to get fed up and quit cold turkey.
You can get through this...just hang in there and refuse to give 'it' more power than it deseves.
Post Edited (vestabula) : 10/24/2009 9:48:52 AM (GMT-6)