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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 1/12/2008 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been having panic attack since I was 15 (my first one was at 12 but went away after the first time I had one and they didn't start happening chronically until 15) and I am now 19. I was put on xanax at 17 and it help greatly. They completely, for the most part, went away.
I've also always hated how people (esp. my parents) would tell me to stop "worrying so much" or "learn to relax". Or when people asks "are you thinking about something?". I actually still do not know what causes mine to come on, I'm usually not thinking about anything and usually just sitting down and they come on. I've also read that "exercise helps" but I've noticed it makes them worse because it makes the breathing speed up and I exercise every day by walking to most places, so it makes me think that no one really has a cure for panic attacks, naturally. But recently I have noticed that my panic attacks have come back (and I need my medication more now than ever) but for once I think I actually know why.
I was wondering though, who takes medication here and who can naturally cope with panic attacks?

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 1/12/2008 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   

I'd like to extend a warm welcome to you on your first visit to Healing Well! To help you get the most out of the A & P Forum please take the time to browse our threads.  You will find many members with the same concern as yours.

Sometimes it helps to read others experiences and then you will see what meds are used and how members feel about them.  This will give you a knowledge base b/4 you start on any med.  Also be sure to ask you Doctor any specific questions and again welcome.  This is a great place to find others who know what you are going through. 

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Date Joined Jul 2003
Total Posts : 116
   Posted 1/12/2008 11:53 PM (GMT -6)   
hey i feel the same way about excersize, I think it works for some people because when they are afraid they want to run, and some people get pumped up and want to fight i think, but i usually just want to hide. Sometimes i think it's ok to hide but it's not an ideal coping mechanism. I also agree that it can be SO annoying when people think that there always has to be a reason, sometimes it just happens! I don't take meds but i think i would be better off if i did, i think it's important to have a professional to talk to about this. Make sure you find someone you trust and don't be afraide to be picky. Best of luck and welcome.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1193
   Posted 1/13/2008 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Love,

Welcome to Healing Well, I think you will find this to be a warm, welcoming and helpful community.  Many people here have or still go through exactly what you are and I'm sure you will find some helpful answers in either past posts or those that respond directly to this one. 

I take meds for my panic attacks as well as for other things and I still have them at times.  So it really depends upon each person as to what will work the best for each person, whether it's exercise, meds, music, etc.  You just have to find what works best for you.

Many people just don't understand what we go through and they really need to be educated, because this is a real condition that can be quite debilitating at times.  So do the best you can to educate your family and friends, maybe buy some books or look up information on line.  There are some good resources to the right of the posts (in the yellow area) and as Kitt said, take some time to read some other posts and those may help you.

Please keep posting to let us know how you are doing and again a big welcome to you for coming to the Healing Well family.  Stay with us and we will do our best to help you.


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