the panic attacks cant hurt you and wont send you crazy, so stop worrying about them
valium type meds will help you quickly and are safe, if you have a fear of swallowing tablets, liquid versions are available, have you taken valium in the past?
many self help books are available on how to cope and recover from panic attacks and phobias
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I too am afraid of drugs but i take a very small dose of Lexapro (5 mg...I cut a 10 mg) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder to prevent panic attacks. It actually makes you kind of sleepy so its good to take it at night. I used to be afraid to sleep at night. Now I just have faith that my body needs sleep and I try to ease my mind and not fight it. I don't always fall right to sleep but it is easier than fighting the sleep. Your body needs it and you must nurture your body or your anxiety will get worse.
I have been on the Lexapro for like 3 years. Honestly it worked really,really well for a while. It takes a few weeks to help with the actual anxiety but it will probably help the sleep for you soon. Now I think I need to increase my dose or change to something else. I have had virtually no side effects. And usually I have side effects (or at least I always get scared) and stop medication before I give it a chance. I am always afraid of medication too and have so many fears. I am on here b/c my anxiety has recently been increased substantially which is why I think i need to increase my dose. I have chronic fatigue and when it gets bad my anxiety increases.
I know this may seem odd but for years I have been having P/A's at night and have ripped my sheets apart from them but now I tend to injoy the nightmares and have found that you can control what is happening in these nightmares by trying to stay with it (so to speak) by playing the game and will find that you really do have control over them in the long run. I have gone though miny things in my life that are much more worst then nightmares and do deal with flashbacks but they will not hurt you and you most play the mind games on them yourself to win
Post Edited (freezinginAK) : 4/18/2007 12:20:27 AM (GMT-6)