Newbie to panic attacks needs help

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cyberman
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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 2/19/2007 2:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

I am having a problem with panic attacks and anxiety which turned me to be a VERY depressed man, so please read my story and kindly tell me your opinion/ suggestions but before reading please excuse me if I am not organized in writing.

7 months ago I was a normal person going to work, living with my wife and children having no special problems except my wife everyday fights as she is a bit nervous. During this time I was also on a diet plan where I was taking green tea pills that include a high dosage of caffeine in order to loose weight. I kept taking those pills for almost 1 month until one day I was so depressed from my wife fights, so I thought of taking one Xanax pill then go to sleep.

Once I woke up the next day I found myself totally weak and can't even stand on my feet, I kept feeling that I am loosing power to the extend that I felt that I am going to die. So my wife rushed me to the hospital where doctors made a full checkup on me including blood pressure, heart, blood glucose and everything was fine!!! Even though doctors said that everything was fine with me I was still feeling so tired and loosing power and I was still afraid to die.

Anyway, I left to home this day and decided to take the day off, and I hoped that by the next day everything was going to be all right. But the next day wasn't alright and I was still feeling weak and I was still afraid from dying...this feeling kept going on for weeks and weeks...every time I go to the emergency room they checkup on me and find nothing and I am still feeling the same way. Doctors started to think that I am crazy and my wife started to think the same :( I started to be depressed (so depressed) and I stopped my weight loss plan (even though it was necessary and recommended by my doctors) due to the fact that I started thinking that if I loose weight again I will die and might face the same problem I faced before.

Finally 3 months ago while I was sitting with one of my friends he told me that I might be facing panic and anxiety problems, and he recommended that I should go see a psychologist. So I went to a psychologist where she diagnosed that I am having a severe depression and panic attacks, I tried to explain to her that the depression was simply a cause of having no one to understand me but she refused to believe this. Anyway, she started giving me Xanax as a medication and after 2 months of medication (0.5mg * 2 daily) I started feeling better and there was no more panic attacks, so I asked her to please start lowering my Xanax dosage, so she starting putting the withdrawal plan which I followed until last week when I took my last pill

2 days ago while I was having my daily walk, I found myself sweating so much, loosing power in my legs, can't breath....feeling that I am going to faint and having a great fear that I am going to die so I stopped immediately and I went home where I was shacking but I didn't do anything except taking on Xanax pill and going to sleep.

Now I don't want to return to the Xanax treatment again as I hate taking or feeling that I am under medication...I am SO depressed because I started having the same problem again...All I want now is that I need to get my life back...I need to be this normal person again without ANY panic attacks or anxiety problem.

Can someone here please help me and tell me how I can get my life back....I am really so depressed, angry and don't know what to do sad

Thanks all for your help and support

Howlyncat
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Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 2/19/2007 2:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to HW glad you found us here this is a great support system and the ppl are really fantastic
First I would suggest reading and maybe even posting in some of other threads
A great book is " Panic to Power" By Lucinda Basset there are others as well
Most people that have to take meds are on them for yrs I know thats the case with me and I despise that as well but it is my only way of having some control and function in my life I also am doing CBT,Relaxation Techniques such as deeep breathing and listening to soft music or the oldies ........
There are many ays to help the panic attcks but I know I have suffered for more than 40 plus yrs with them I am getting so much better but I still have the odd one here and there
I know others will be along with their story and input and I am sure they will have great input for you and like I said you will now find that you have come into a great support system we are akin to a family here
Please dont get upset with self this is NOT your fault at all k
We will be here for you please continue to post n hoping you become active member on this site
Take care
Lyn

Resources at side in yellow may have some things for you as well to check out okay
Be well
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Junebug05
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   Posted 2/19/2007 4:57 AM (GMT -7)   

Welcome Cyberman,

Glad that you found this site.  I agree with Lyn, you may need meds for a bit longer than a few months, I'm on xanax, and yes I hate taking it, but it really has gotten me through the worst of my panic and calmed me enough to allow me to use my cbt to deal with the panic attacks and anxiety.  You should try reading too, as Lyn mentioned.  There are alot of great books out now on the subject, I like Claire Weekes and The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne, but there are lots more that others have highly recommended as well.  It's always been helpful for me to have a complete understanding of what is happening to me with the panic/anxiety, and reading will help with that.  Reading gives me a sense of comfort to know that this is real, that what I feel isn't just me, isn't something medically wrong and that there is hope.  Keep posting as well, the people here are wonderful and supportive and you'll find many who feel the exact same symptoms as you do which is also a comfort... to know that you are not alone in this and that your symptoms are panic/anxiety.  Keep posting and reading through what others have written...it does help.  Hang in there!


harry4
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   Posted 2/19/2007 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   

to cyberman

I suggest you read up about panic attacks on the net and decide if you are having them, if so, xanax disolved under the tongue is a fast cure for them, so carry a few tablets with you when out

have you been prescribed an antidepressant med?


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Howlyncat
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   Posted 2/19/2007 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hoping you read input and get back to us
We so want to help you out with this and we are here to support you
LYN
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cyberman
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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 2/23/2007 4:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,

I do apologize for my late reply, but I was having a severe depression the past few days to the extend that I rarely wanted to go out or leave bed. Actually I am still having the same situation but I thought of moving a little, going on the net checking out the forum and other articles to try to find a solution for my depression at least.

I've already got a book (Attacking Anxiety & Depression Workbook, Lucinda Bassett) which is quite good for Anxiety but not so good for depression, as I am still feeling the same even after reading almost have of the book sad

I know that Xanax is a fast cure for Anxiety, but the problem is that I don't like to take medications, so taking medication even if it is helpful for me cause me nothing but more depression. Anyway, now I am taking (Xanax 0.125 * 1/ Day) it is not curing me 100% of course as I am still facing anxiety but at least it is way much better than when I didn't take Xanax.

The problem that still persist till now is my feeling of depression which is rising everyday if not from medication, then it is from people surrounding me sad

Does anyone know a way I can go out of this depression...like any activity, practice...etc?

Thanks all for your help and support
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