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johnnyaction314
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   Posted 11/18/2006 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
There was a time I needed about 15-20 klonopin a week to keep my nerves calm. I went off Xanax XR a couple weeks ago and the first two days were horrible. My anxiety felt worse in those 2 days than at any other time. Since then, however, things have changed. I used to take about 15 0.5mg klonopin in a typical week to keep myself calm. In this past week, I have taken one. I havent had the horrible terrifying panic attacks that I used to and all of the other symptoms (spacing out, chest pains, etc) have subsided greatly. Its been about six months now since I first started having panic attacks. I remember reading that they can be cured in around 4 months, so Im wondering how common is it for panic attacks to just be a temporary problem?

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Mooney123
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   Posted 11/18/2006 10:55 PM (GMT -6)   
It's hard not to get a straight answer to this question that I've been asking for years. From what I'm told, there is no cure, but it becomes more manageable over time. I've had it for almost 13 years. I know everyone is different and some have this disorder worse than others, but this is what i'm told. I don't know if anyone is even looking for a cure (just treatments), and although there is evidence that there is a biological problem, some docs still consider it only a psychological disorder.  
 
 
 

Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/19/2006 5:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had them since I was young and I have not been w/o them
However I HAVE learned ways of coping with them instead of meds all the time
I honestly dont know if it does ever go away in totality
I am sure it must go for a bit and like Enigmagirl it may come back and hit ya like that brick wall
There are so many ways of coping with them now  
I wish you all the best


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spicegirl479
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   Posted 11/19/2006 7:29 AM (GMT -6)   
the day you stop fearing panic attacks and let them ride through you is the day you will start your road to recovery, the worst mistake i did was avoid situations that triggered my attacks but i read a book which told me that you must set out to have as many panic attacks as you can so you no longer fear them,its hard work but its worth it.

Mooney123
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   Posted 11/19/2006 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
but what about a cure? people learn to cope with them and manage them, and understand them more, but what about those awful symptoms that go along with it? Any way to live a normal life and feel good without ever having symptoms again and without meds? 
 
I would love to see the disorder disappear FOREVER and I hope that someone starts looking for a cure.

Mooney123
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   Posted 11/19/2006 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I just wanted to add...
 
I can meditate all day, think positive, pray, relax, sleep, cut out stress, take klonopin, etc. etc.
and it's STILL there!  confused
 

Twiggygal
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   Posted 11/19/2006 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Well... I don't know about how long it can last... that's hard to say. Every person is different.

I've been a sufferer of it for a long time. It did go away for about four years and then BAM, it creeped up on me and I had to go on meds again because of a traumatic experience.

I will say that there is a way to get past the panic, I just haven't figured quite how to do so without being on my medication. haha

I feel normal (somewhat) on my meds.

Without them..

it can be chaos.


That's all I know.


But CBT can be helpful too. http://www.angelfire.com/planet/cbtonline

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CRANKY 1
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   Posted 11/20/2006 2:52 AM (GMT -6)   

Panic Disorder is actually a chemical embalance in the brain.  Your thought processes control what chemicals react in your brain, resulting in feelings or sensations in other parts of the body.  It is not something that is cured. However, it can be managed by behavioral and/or thought process changes, which may be learned over a period of time, or if necessary, by compensating with appropriate medication.  The appropriate medication(s) may be tricky to nail down, and may need to be changed over time.  If you have ceased having symptoms, consider yourself blessed, but always be aware that they can return at any time.  Pay attention to situations that have caused you problems in the past, and you may be able to remain symptom free indefinitely.  Best wishes and keep us updated.

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/20/2006 5:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Great input Leigh Ann
Thank you so much
Hope you are well
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steph2005
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   Posted 11/20/2006 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I definitely agree leigh ann, it's hard to say how long panic disorder will last. Everyone is different. I know for myself that my main problem is that I am impatient and give up really easily. especially when it comes time to putting forth the effort to change the way I think. I am so used to scaring myself into panic, I get comfortable with the way I am , even if I hate it. It's really difficult to change a lifetime of thinking a certain way. I guess with a lot of hard work we can get through it, it will just take time.
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Mooney123
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   Posted 11/20/2006 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had the same thought process my entire life. I've been a constant worrier and have the "what if" thinking. I'm a sensitive person and an analyzer. But Panic Disorder didn't appear until my 20s. I would like to think it is only a chemical imbalance and negative thinking, and yes, I think that is the biggest contributor to the onset of PD, but I think something else in the brain, body and/or central nervous system gets damaged from panic attacks. I believe it's something similar to MS, but not to the same degree. (JMO)

CRANKY 1
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   Posted 11/21/2006 5:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Mooney,

Panic Disorder is just a chemical imbalance in the brain. Medications are prescribed by your doctor to balance things out. Everyone's specific imbalances are unique to themselves, that's why some medications work for some people and not others. It's just a process of trial and error, finding the right combination of drugs to counteract your particular imbalance. The imbalance can alter the way you think about things, as well as creating physical symptoms in other parts of the body. The brain is the top of the nervous system, so impulses can travel anywhere else in the body, but these are temporary. Panic Disorder does not cause any permanent physical damage (like MS). It is strictly a series of chemical reactions in the brain. Just like you get hungry, once you eat you're OK. But a while later, you get hungry again. Panic Disorder is just a constantly changing chemical soup in your head. Treated with medication, this chemical soup stays pretty stable. You need to concentrate on the concept that this is a controllable condition which doesn't cause any physical damage. Keep your chin up...this won't kill you.

Hope this helps,
Leigh Ann
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Mooney123
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   Posted 11/21/2006 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Panic Disorder is not solely a chemical imbalance. Many of us here have developed severe reflux and gastro problems due to this disorder, food allergies, and real physical problems (fevers, ulcers, seizures). There's evidence that shows that it is not only an imbalance:   
 
here is a quote from "ahealthieryou.com": (mods, please remove if i'm breaking the rules here)
 
"Now we regard panic disorder as more of a physical problem with a metabolic core. It is not an emotional problem, although after suffering from it, emotionally healthy persons may develop depression or other problems. There are different theories about where in the nervous system the problem exists.

There is considerable evidence pointing toward an abnormality in the function of the locus ceruleus and its associated nerve pathways. The locus ceruleus is a tiny nerve center in the brainstem (the part of the brain that controls heartbeat, breathing and other vital functions).

A few experts still cling to the notion that this is not a physical disorder. The overwhelming opinion by the experts is that scientific evidence clearly favors there being a physical cause of this disorder. It is regarded as a physical disorder much like Diabetes or Pneumonia."

CHROMOSOME 15

"At a meeting of the Human Genome Organization in Edinburgh Scotland in 2002, Dr. Xavier Estevill, head of medical and molecular genetics at the Duran I Rynals Hospital in Barcelona Spain, discovered that a gene on some other chromosome, or some environmental factor early in development, may cause in some people an abnormality of chromosome 15. This defect may in turn make people more susceptible to panic attacks. It seems this genetic abnormality of chromosome 15 is not inherited because it is not present in all of the cells of those affected. Although this has been observed to occur in plants, this is the first discovery of such a chain of events in humans. Almost 100% of those with panic disorder or phobias had the duplication of genetic material on chromosome 15.

 

 


ajhuk
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   Posted 11/21/2006 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I dont know either how long it will last..and as everyone said we are all different...i think it depends from where your PD and Anxiety are from..where they stem off from. If they are due to problems that can be faced from the past, or the present and that can eventually if encountered in the future behandled more wisely and not have the same reaction then i guess it will leave. Also i was thinking..we ask eachother these questions, but what about the people who's anxiety and panic have gone? they arent going to be on these discussion boards, sure maybe a few, but not all that much really. So I think its really those people and professionals that we should ask that question too. Also I guess if you get too used to it, it eventually becomes like a habit like an addiction even if you dont want it. Not sure if everyone understands what I mean in this post..but these are just a few of my ideas.

steph2005
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   Posted 11/21/2006 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with you ajhuk, like you said it depends on where our panic and anxiety come from. Also it does become somewhat of a habit. There are tons of theories and research that are continually being done about where anxiety/panic stem from. I guess it's up to each individual to find which one of these theories makes the best sense and go with that. Also, there are many of us who have learned to cope with our anxiety and panic and some who no longer have it, we are all just here doing the best we can supporting each other with what we do know and what we have experienced. Best of luck to everyone!
*Steph*
 
 


mystery22
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   Posted 4/16/2008 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, im totally new to this and have been suffering this for almost a year. i think i have been able to get over certain things, but there is one that i am totally scared of, and that is of going crazy or insane, there are a lot of times that i feel like that and it sacres me like crazy, so i guess i am wondering if anyone else is experincing this and what do you do about it?

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   Posted 4/16/2008 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   

Mystery,

I started a new post for you as you have tagged onto an old post from 2006 and it had good info but I want you to have the benefit of your own post.

Thanks

Kitt


 
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