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Hopeful86
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   Posted 8/22/2017 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi! Newbie here! Unfortunately, I am not new to anxiety and panic attacks. I've had panic disorder since I was 19, I'm now 31. I've had seasons where its been not good but almost always really good. Back in April my son was sick for about 6 weeks. Once he got better I started getting extreme anxiety and felt like I was going crazy. My xanax wasn't even working. I tried zoloft, lexapro, viibryd and idk what else. All of them made me feel so ugly. I felt not like myself like I was living in my body but things were slowly happening. Each had their own set of symptoms that came along with that. So I tried going back to just Xanax with my doctors guidance. I did do a few counseling sessions but not sure if they worked. Last week I started liquid fluoxetine due to my inability to tolerate any antidepressants. Doc had me on 1mg and that made me feel high as a kit and unable to concentrate. So i literally am taking 1/2 of that and it still makes me feel weird but tolerable.

Anyone else so screwed up? BTW, anxiety runs in my family so I supposed it was bound to happen. I've read a lot after a few weeks symptoms go away. I'm hopeful that this will kick in and I'll start feeling like myself again.

My G.P recommends I run especially in the am. Does anyone have any luck with this?

Ox123
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   Posted 8/22/2017 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Ive not tried anti depressants yet, as im still getting half days where i return to normal mentality. Are you anxious/panicky all day/night or is it more of a constant thing?

And yes I feel screwed up most the time, as for running, well yesterday I did 20 minutes on the treadmill and even though i still experienced anxiety after. It didnt develop into panic attacks. Would like to know how you get on with this. One thing I would recommend as I used to be a personal trainer, is make sure you train for at least 20 minutes, and increase the intensity gradually. I know before my anxiety that 'feel good' endorphin release would only come when i had done a longer/more intense cardio session. So I guess this would work the same for tackling anxiety.

Hopeful86
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   Posted 8/22/2017 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for responding! Sometimes I feel like no one truly gets its. I was doing good for a period of time then I had a work meeting that caused a panic attack. From there it was like my body was in this mode. I am generally anxious all day...constant anxiety for the most part. I do get breaks throughout the day where I feel fine. I just feel so defeated. Up until May I was feeling fine with having to take a xanax periodically. I don't know why all of a sudden I am in this hole.

I plan on running because what else do I have to lose besides some weight and my anxiety. I also started reading this book on anxiety and that's helped. It talks about us being afraid of how anxiety makes us feel. For me, the meeting was important and I had a fear of failure which caused panic. I am afraid of that feeling because I know how awful it is. I think understanding my panic will help more. I just don't know if the antidepressant is worth it. I'm literally taking less than 1mg of liquid fluoxetine and feel it! Soo crazy....
Panic Disorder & have a hard time tolerating antidepressants.

.25 of Alprazolam (I cut in half)
Currently trying liquid fluoxetine 1mg at a time.

Park12
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   Posted 8/22/2017 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I can't tolerate antidepressants either, so I stick with xanax. I also have an enormous fear of how the anxiety and panic make me feel, so that makes things much worse.

I've done some acceptance and commitment therapy and that is helpful. Try looking it up. It's hard because you have to try and accept that the feels of anxiety and panic are nothing more than sensations in the body and if you can accept that and know that nothing is wrong, you have an easier time not letting your mind and physically symptoms get carried away and escalate!
36 yr old female, mom to two sweet miracles and wife to one wonderful man. GAD/Panic Diorder, Health Anxiety, Insomnia & IBS-D

"Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight." Benjamin Franklin

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 8/22/2017 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome!

We are glad you've found us, though sorry it is due to your current challenges. It sounds as if you suppressed a lot of anxiety during the time your son was ill...pushing through the tough time, only to have it all come down on you once the crisis had passed. This then set the increased anxiety cycle in motion.

Fortunately, you have sought to get back on track...so with some more time and effort, you will get back from this temporary detour. smile

Giving your new med regimen time to come to therapeutic levels, and working some self help should help you to be feeing good again soon. You can find great coping skills instructions in our Resources at the top of the main forum page here, so be sure to have a look...

...and if you feel that you need further help, then I do strongly encourage the step of returning to therapy. If you feel your previous sessions were not beneficial, then seeking another professional to help you would be worth your time.

Finally, as far as exercise for relief? Yes! Absolutely one of the best things you can practice! It need not be overly strenuous. Unless you have already been a runner...this may be overwhelming...so walking, riding your bike, taking a yoga class (or do a video!) may be an easier start.

Please post with us anytime if you find it helpful. We care, understand and support is key!

Scaredy Cat
Moderator:Anxiety/Panic

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

Hopeful86
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   Posted 8/22/2017 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you guys so much! Already, I feel like I'm not alone. It feels great knowing you all know what this is like. I plan on sticking with my 0.5 mg of medicine for now. Lol I take my 1/2 pill of xanax as needed and just try to push through. I use to be a runner but in the last few years have not worked out at all. I feel like it will help so I'm definitely looking forward to getting back in the gym.

I will definitely take a look at the resources. It's going to help talking to everyone about their experiences and what's worked for them. The book "What Every Therapist Needs to Know about Anxiety Disorders: Key Concepts, Insights, and Interventions" has helped and I'm just on the second chapter.
Panic Disorder & have a hard time tolerating antidepressants.

.25 of Alprazolam (I cut in half)
Currently trying liquid fluoxetine 1mg at a time.

super20dan
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   Posted 8/22/2017 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
yes most of us here are as screwed up -lol otherwise we would not be here. it took 4 tries to find the right anti depressant/anxiety med for me this last go around. sometimes it takes a lot of trials till you find a med that works that you can tolerate . buspar is a non addictive anxiety med that you could look into. you cannot take zanax long term with out risk of addiction. atarax is another non addictive antihistamine based med too consider. but a ssri type med is best for long term control. if your anxiety comes and goes-you can control it with short term rescue type meds but if its constant-you should look for a ssri type med. anxiety is so miserable that no one should have to suffer it

kellyinCali
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   Posted 8/23/2017 2:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Hopeful. Just wanted to encourage you DON'T GIVE UP. I have read on someone's tagline here that they cured their panic/anxiety with CBT. Might consider using a workbook "with" your therapist too.

Hopeful86
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   Posted 8/23/2017 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks KellyinCali. I've tried "CBT" with 2 counselors and it hasn't helped. I think the workbook may give me some helpful tools. Has anyone ever used anything that's helped?
Panic Disorder & have a hard time tolerating antidepressants.

.25 of Alprazolam (I cut in half)
Currently trying liquid fluoxetine 1mg at a time.

super20dan
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   Posted 8/23/2017 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
we all respond to meds diff. I could not tolerate ssri any longer . I did research on them and found the weakest one (celexa) and took its lowest dose-10mg. it took almost 2 months to work at this low dose but it did work -with zero side effects. best otc anxiety med I found was chamomile capsules and l theanine. aval at better health and vitamin shops.

Hopeful86
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   Posted 8/24/2017 6:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Super20dan! Do you still take the otc anxiety meds? Any side effects from those?
Panic Disorder & have a hard time tolerating antidepressants.

.25 of Alprazolam (I cut in half)
Currently trying liquid fluoxetine 1mg at a time.

super20dan
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Total Posts : 812
   Posted 8/24/2017 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
not taking them any more. no longer needed as the cipralex is working fine. no side effects from those otc meds. absolutelyi none. both as safe as it gets. the chamomile is especially calming. lots of people drink it as a tea and don't know about the capsules. I like the idea of your low dose liquid Prozac choice. it should work well when it takes effect. a little Prozac goes a long way . Prozac is quite potent but almost always effective-if you can tolerate it. it took away my anxiety but was just too strong. it only came in 20 and 40 mg capsules back then

Hopeful86
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   Posted 8/24/2017 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Super20dan...thanks for the info! Yes, I definitely feel it at 0.5 mg. I feel crazy saying that but I definitely do. I wonder how long it'll take to kick in? I honesty feel less anxiety but I still feel it there. My goal is to get to 1mg in the next week. My doctor is great and wants me to do what works for me. Liquid so far is definitely the way to go.
Panic Disorder & have a hard time tolerating antidepressants.

.25 of Alprazolam (I cut in half)
Currently trying liquid fluoxetine 1mg at a time.
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