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pinkclover7
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   Posted 11/1/2006 4:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I didn't know that places like this existed online. I started suffering from intense panic attacks last year around this time....I just don't know how to deal with them--it's like I'm a prisoner inside my own mind and everything around me is going awry. Doctors treat me like I'm a hypochondriac (and I'm starting to believe it) and peers just don't know how to react around me. Whenever the panic starts bubbling up inside of me-I try to ignore it and keep doing what I'm doing, but I get so dizzy and my heart starts racing and I become irrational. I used to be normal. Now I just feel lonely and diseased. My boyfriend is always trying to be supportive, but doesn't really help all that much. I don't talk about it with many people because I don't want them to confirm my fears of being the "odd one." These stupid panic attacks happen at the weirdest times, too....WHY?!?!?!? Why can't life just go back to being the way it was? I don't feel sorry for myself, don't get me wrong. It's just that-there's only so much Xanax a person can take before becoming addicted--and my last one was taken yesterday anyway....what happens to cause this? Does the body just reach it's stress limit then say- " now you're gonna get it?" As I said before, doctors haven't really told me anything...they just give me the Xanax...so I'm just here in the dark, wondering how to deal with the panic now that my quick-fix pills are gone.
 
Hun added a title to thread this way it is easier to have peeps know what subject is about and you will get more responses as well
Lyn 

Post Edited By Moderator (Howlyncat) : 11/1/2006 5:38:21 AM (GMT-7)


smiler
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   Posted 11/1/2006 5:36 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi pinkclover7 :-)

Have you been offered any councilling/CBT? Because it sounds like you could benefit from it , ask your Dr what's available for you.

I'm starting therapy first and then said I might benefit from meds after they've found out more which I believe is the right way to do things - not just handing over pills and hoping it goes away.

Write down what you want to know and take it along with you - if they don't take you seriously , find another Dr as you need help and support.

Best wishes

Smiler :-)


Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/1/2006 7:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW you will have tons of support here
First you are now going to prolly go thru withdrawels from this pill
Where you only on it for a short time because you wanted it that way or the doc??
If they work for you then I would take them I have been on meds like those for over 30 plus yrs yet I can and do go days w/o them
Smiler is spot on with other suggestions given
Please post and let us know how things are going okay and you are now no longer alone in this battle
We here fight together as a " lil family " for one another and each other ya know
"All for ONE and ONE for all "
Take care ........
Lyn
BTW HW is the top online support group there is and I am really glad you found us hun we will all do our best to help you thru things and always support you yeah


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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 11/1/2006 5:30:09 AM (GMT-7)


jordaNZone
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   Posted 11/1/2006 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow you have been fighting panic attacks for a year with little or no support..you are braver than you think!
Well done for reaching out and asking for help..this site is brilliant..there are plenty of wonderful people here to help steer you in the right direction.
Going back to your doc is a brilliant idea...
Sometimes we have emotional icky stuff stored up inside that we didn't even know existed...so, when it all boils over and we are on overload - painc attacks jump up and bite us when we least expect them..talking to a counsellor will probably help heaps!

Maree

normalsnofun
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   Posted 11/1/2006 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW we are glad to have you.

I would talk to your doc about the meds.

Also counseling would definately help.

Please keep us posted and let us know how you are doing.
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pinkclover7
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   Posted 11/1/2006 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow! I'm so happy to know that I'm not the only one...thank you so much for writing (and so quickly!) back...no, I haven't been offered therapy at all--but just knowing that there are people like you out there does sooo much for me right off the bat. Thanks again for the tips--and I really think it's time for me to switch docs...bless you all!!

janetlee
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   Posted 11/1/2006 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Pinky!
I'm glad you're switching docs! I hope you'll go to a pdoc (psychiatrist). Afterall, they're specialists in mental health and a GP (general practitioner) isn't. You've already been given excellent advice from some sweet people here! Keep posting!
janet
Yesterday's dead
Tomorrow's unknown
Today is here
And soon will be gone.
Use it wisely
Before it's too late
Remember to love
And forget to hate.
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Twiggygal
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   Posted 11/1/2006 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW Pinky!! :)

I hope you find the help you need. CBT is wonderful. I'd recommend that. (Cognitive behavioral therapy)

You're brave for going a year without having support ... I went 4 months and couldn't take it anymore. heh

Hope to see you around more!! :)

Twiggygal~
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Patty B.
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   Posted 11/1/2006 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, the hypochondriac thing--you go into the doc's and start to run off a bunch of actual concerns and or events but it all seem so weird and unlikely when you hear them coming out of your mouth, you can only imagine what the doc could be thinking let alone a peer who can't relate. I don't tell many but will need to tell more people around me coz my episodes are happening more and more in public so hats off to you for sharing with your friends despite their reactions--they'll know what's up if something should happen around them.
Keep working on the boyfriend tho--it's good to know that somebody is there when you're in attack mode even if he's not helping that much. I laugh now but when I have an attack my man is there and totally supportive ("should I take you to the hospital?'), he'll sit next to me, distract people or kids from me until it's over or sometimes just sit there and eat chips and watch TV until I'm done but he's there.

This is a good place to read up on how people are dealing with this strange yet more common than you'd think problem.
Patty B.

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stronglady4me
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   Posted 11/1/2006 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
pinkclover7 said...
...Whenever the panic starts bubbling up inside of me-I try to ignore it and keep doing what I'm doing, but I get so dizzy and my heart starts racing and I become irrational. I used to be normal. 
 
 ....what happens to cause this? Does the body just reach it's stress limit then say- " now you're gonna get it?" As I said before, doctors haven't really told me anything...they just give me the Xanax...so I'm just here in the dark, wondering how to deal with the panic now that my quick-fix pills are gone.
In a word, "Yes," that is exactly what happened to me.  My emotions turned on me when I wasn't paying attention to taking care of myself and didn't notice how much my life had gotten out of my control.  For me anxiety is a physical symptom that there is something I need to pay attention to. 
 
I still have anxiety once in a while but now I listen to what my body is telling me.  I am brutally honest with myself and I take care of me.  That does not mean that I am a selfish person but it does mean that I understand that if I am falling apart I can't take care of anyone that I love or anything that is important.
 
I get that doctors don't know what to do for you.  You need to not be seeing a primary care doctor but rather a psychiatrist (we call them pdocs) because it is their specialty.  I also have a therapist that I see when I need to (less expensive than a pdoc and more focused on solutions).  I can't even begin to tell you how mad it made me to find out that I had to see a pdoc because it made me feel abnormal.  It is an unfortunate reality of this issue that it is a physical desease with emotional symptoms. 
 
You are still normal.  You are a normal person with a challenge in your life. Get the help you need, be very honest with yourself and you will be able to take control of what is going on with your life. 
 
This is an understanding and compassionate place where you will not be judged.  Keep coming here and let us know how you are doing.
 
Welcome.
Stronglady4me
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pinkclover7
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   Posted 11/2/2006 2:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm so overwhelmed by all of the support here--I just can't thank you guys enough--and now I'm armed with info that I can actually use to confront this and start taking care of it. THANK YOU!!!
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