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kevndebx2
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   Posted 5/9/2007 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
My Dr. just diagnosed me with panic Disorder and told me to take Lorazepam 4 times a day for the first few days then as needed. Well I'm not sure if I am having Panic attacks or not I'm very confused. It seems that the littlest things will set me off and I hystericly start cring, shaking, sweating, and hyperventilating. This happens EVERY day! When I dont take the meds. I am so fearful that there is something more thats wrong with me. I find it hard to catch a breath I am loosing weight even though I still eat the same. And these bouts of "attacks" are killing me. I don't know anything about this disorder should I be having these "attacks" everyday? Please some insight or advice would be greatly apprieciated. I'm so scared!

LondonGirl22
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   Posted 5/9/2007 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like anxiety. It won't last forever. I know it is scary but it won't hurt you and it will stop. At the moment it feels like the anxiety is controlling you i know but you will regain control and you will be in control of the panicky feelings.
Do some research on anxiety and please go back to visit your doctor if you are worried.

Take care

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harry4
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   Posted 5/9/2007 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   

do take the lorazepam, its a safe med and will calm and relax you, will also reduce the panic attacks

lots of panic attack info on the net, explore this site and type panic disorder into any search engine

the panic attacks wont hurt you, when one happens just relax and breathe deep and slow, dont tense up or fight back

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   Posted 5/9/2007 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW
Please know you are not alone
Your doc put you on thise meds for a reson so have no worry I have taken that amount via Dr's orders many times

It does sound lke you have anxiety and panic

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Aussieangel
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   Posted 5/9/2007 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like anxiety. I get like that for days on end every month then have a couple of weeks of 'normality' until it hits again, like right now.
Wishing both of us well.

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   Posted 5/9/2007 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with everyone. There are lots of good sites on the net that explain panic. Everyone experiences it a little differently, but the med your doc gave you should smooth it out. You'll feel better soon. My only advice is not to rely on the drug alone. There's likely a mental component to your condition that you need to address and come to terms with.

Good luck to you,
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kevndebx2
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   Posted 5/9/2007 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for all your kind words and advice. After I posted the original post I had a very, very bad episode and went straight to the ER. The Dr. ran every test she could think of that might be life treatening (in her words) and all was normal. She advised me to stay on my meds and consult a counselor. She is worried because she says at my age (27) there is no reason I should have just started these panic attacks. So if the counselor can't find anything mentally wrong with me then I need to see a primary physician and he can start testing me for things one by one. It seems that I have a long road ahead of me and it feels so daunting. I will keep you all updated and Thank you again for all the support.

debaser
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   Posted 5/9/2007 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
kevndebx2 said...
Thank you all for all your kind words and advice. After I posted the original post I had a very, very bad episode and went straight to the ER. The Dr. ran every test she could think of that might be life treatening (in her words) and all was normal. She advised me to stay on my meds and consult a counselor. She is worried because she says at my age (27) there is no reason I should have just started these panic attacks. So if the counselor can't find anything mentally wrong with me then I need to see a primary physician and he can start testing me for things one by one. It seems that I have a long road ahead of me and it feels so daunting. I will keep you all updated and Thank you again for all the support.


That's interesting. I've always read that it's quite common for panic disorder to crop up in peoples' mid-to-late 20's. I got mine then and the doctor didn't say it was unusual. At 27 you're probably less likely to have a bunch of other major illnesses, anyway. But I ain't no doctor so don't listen to me.
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ChristianWithHope
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   Posted 5/10/2007 10:05 PM (GMT -6)   
kevndebx2,
I have so much empathy for people in this particular stage of an anxiety disorder. You're scared - you sense that it's irrational - but you can't stop being afraid. You can't seem to control it no matter how much you try or focus. The more you focus on the anxiety the more terrified you become. That's the reality of the disease.
The really good news is that it IS irrational. Not matter how real the danger seems - it's hollow - it's not real. And even there is some degree of danger, you wildly exaggerate it's actual threat. That doesn't mean you won't feel terrible at times - and maybe dispairing of lift itself. But all of us that have been through EXACTLY what you're feeling right now, know that it's a journey that can have a great ending. You can come out on the other side of this illness emotionally, physically and spiritually a much better person. Take the opportunity to deal with aspects of your life that may have feed your condition.
But it will require hard work on your part. Find a good couselor that you can really trust. Research your medicine, but verify whatever conclusion you come to with your counselor and a psychiatrist. Don't let the fear of meds allow you to miss the blessing they can offer.
Let us know how you're doing. We've been there and back - and we're better!

SarahP
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   Posted 5/10/2007 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I have also heard that age range is prime for suddenly developing anxiety/panic. I was not that much older when I started experiencing them. I had absolutely NO history of anxiety, none in family either, so it really scared me. Being able to come post here, and learning about it.. helped me quite a bit. The medication the doctor has given you, will enable you to learn to control these attacks. It's hard to focus on what you need to do to stop one, when your body/mind is spinning out of control.

Please remember that you are not alone in this. Many, many people have started out just like you, and are now much more in control of it. It's a learning experience. The goal is to learn to control your mind when you feel it start, to avoid "feeding" it, and making it worse. It's hard to let go of the fear, tho.

For me.. it took my doctors a year to convince me there was nothing wrong with me. A few conditions that cause pain, yes.. but nothing damaging. I was absolutely convinced I had a heart condition. I made them run tests two and three times. I couldn't believe that ALL this stuff was happening to me, and nothing was wrong. I made trips to ER time and time again. Never did they find anything.

I'm confident that you will find a way to get past this. Right now, it's hard to believe anything. But it WILL GET BETTER!!!
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