First Panic Attack

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historygirl
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   Posted 2/8/2007 12:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi. I just had my first panic attack three days ago. It lasted well over an hour and eventually I ended up at the emergency room. I really thought I was going to pass out. Anyways...doc gave me xanax .25. It was late and it helped...I came home and went to bed. The next day I fought that feeling of panic and didn't take any pills. Then today on my way to school I had one. not as bad but very frightening. I gave in and took the pill (.25 xanax) and it helped. But I felt "drugged" all day at school. I went to my my regula doctor (instead of the ER) and he wants me to take 5mg of Lexapro. I am VERY nervous to take anything that deals with SSRI's. Is it a likely course of action...any thing else I can do? I feel anxious about taking it, but I don't know what to do if I choose not to.
 
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freezinginAK
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   Posted 2/8/2007 12:33 AM (GMT -6)   

  Hi historygirl and wecome to HW

 As miny of us know that a panic attack is pure h### at first wondering what is truly going on, hear you will learn how to deal with it and the type of help that you may need as this is a great support group I myself I'm on lexapro 20mgs and had found that it works great for me with my anxiety and valium for my moments of high anxiety but there are miny diffeant ways of dealing with this as you will soon learn. Anxiety and Panic Attacks are not the end of the world and will not hurt you but learning how to deal with it is the way to go

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jordaNZone
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   Posted 2/8/2007 1:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there historygirl
Welcome to HW :)
Sounds like you are going through a rough time just now..panic attacks are usually a sign that we are on overload in some part of our lives...could this be true for you?
Do you need to talk to somone just now..could you see a school counsellor perhaps? Sometimes we store up all sorts of bad feelings, emotions, and trauma...and carry them around with us without realising that they are just sitting there bubbling away until one day something happens - and Boom - in steps anxiety and painc - which as you know really sux lol.
If your doc has prescribed meds for you - then it's for a good reason - the choice is yours of course - but just remember that we are all afraid at first to try something new - but having a better quality of life wins everytime for me :-)
Meds + counselling = working towards feeling well again.
Look forward to hearing from you soon.
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   Posted 2/8/2007 6:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW...You have some great advice before you here...Please hang out here and keep us posted...Also, If you read through some of the threads you should catch some tips and tricks etc...Hang in there
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Twiggygal
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   Posted 2/8/2007 7:22 AM (GMT -6)   
5 mgs of Lexapro in my personal opinion is SUCH a low dose. Most docs start people out at 10 mgs of Lexapro.

I am currently on 20 mgs of Lexapro. 10 mgs did NOTHING for me, so gradually you may have to increase your dose, but don't be nervous about taking such a low dose.

Welcome to healing well by the way. *BIG HUGS*

Panic attacks are scary, I haven't had one in a week, but when I have one it is just plain AWFUL!!!

It's hard to fight through the panic attacks too... so I would suggest learning some breathing techniques or meditation or cognitive behavorial therapy.

Breathing techs can be found at : www.pe2000.com

CBT can be found at : http://www.angelfire.com/planet/cbtonline/

These sites are BOTH FREE so just take a look and see if it helps.

*BIG HUGS*

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Geebs
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   Posted 2/8/2007 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
5mg of Lexapro is reasonable to start with, especially since you had a panic attack. The SSRIs can be stimulating at first until your body gets used to the medication. After a week or two, an increase to 10 or 20mg is recommended.

Hang in there and give the meds a chance to work. We've all been in your shoes.

guess
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   Posted 2/8/2007 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
historygirl hi, im scared to take meds as well, but im going to do it too. Good luck to you and welcome to hw

thanks for those links twiggy

lesmar
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   Posted 2/8/2007 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I also know how you feel and agree that you have been given some good advise. I struggled with severe panic and depression for 8 years. These last two years have been awful. I also went to the emergency room. I have taken meds for the last seven years and at times, they didn't seem to work. I continued to take them anyway and have been stable for about the last two months.

When it comes to panic, I would try anything the doctor suggested and if it didn't help, I let them know. Hang in there. Sometimes they come from nowhere, nothing triggers them and you wonder why. Today, I am panic free and do not feel helpless. I'm not sure it's the meds, because I am on the same ones when it was so severe. But I take them as a safety net for now.
Leslie


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   Posted 2/8/2007 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Big Hello and Welcome :-) It's a good idea to stick with meds when you first have panic (altho it can seem scary, try and stick it out - if you are sensible you won't become dependent).  Your dose is quite low as well so that is good.  I know everything must be freaking you out right now but just try and keep things as "normal" as you can.  Don't let anxiety stop you from enjoying your life or doing what you love.  CBT is great too, thanks for the links twiggy! Stay strong and keep us posted. big (((hugs))
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Mooney123
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   Posted 2/8/2007 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
xanax make me feel drugged too. klonopin doesn't give me that drugged feeling, but it takes the edge off.

historygirl
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   Posted 2/9/2007 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow... what a great welcome. Well, I took the meds, day 2. STill feel like I am having trouble breathing at times throughout the day....but nothing like the actual attack I experienced. I feel a little tired or something. I cannot quite put my finger on the feeling. But so far....so good. Thank you all so much for your kind words. I will be looking into breathing techniques and the like. I do not want to take medicine for something if I can eventually learn to overcome this awful addition to my life :) lol. But I am hanging in there....Anyone get nervous that this will happen in public? I wouldn't want my professors to think I am crazy!!!!

HistoryGirl

jordaNZone
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   Posted 2/9/2007 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Historygirl, sounds like you are getting yourself together..well done..remember to breathe slowly and deeply - practice this even when you are not stressed so it kicks in automatically when you need it :)
P/A's in public is never pretty..but hey, worse things have happened I am sure..once you have mastered the breathing thing you will take control and be able float past anxiety I promise :)
Onward and upwards towards feeling better soon.
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Twiggygal
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   Posted 2/9/2007 10:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Well.. for me... my panic attacks happen in public a lot.. I just force myself to go out no matter how I feel... and try to get used to every place that I go...

most people can't even tell I'm having a panic attack when I'm having one...

only close family can...

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   Posted 2/10/2007 5:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Just wanting to add my welcome as you can see the ppl here and support is tops and you are now no longer alone in this battle
Come here and share what yo are going thru come and get support or answers to questions anytime
Check out HW resources at the side in yellow as well .........
Glad to have you aboard
All have given great input PLease post again and get to know us and us you
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historygirl
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   Posted 2/10/2007 11:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Today I felt more like myself. I hope that trend continues. But....I have had AWFUL headaches. I think it is because I stopped having caffinated drinks. (I was a heavy coffee drinker!)

HistoryGirl

jordaNZone
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   Posted 2/17/2007 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey there historygirl..just wondering how you are getting on these days?

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