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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 6/11/2008 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all.  I had my first panic attack Friday, went to the ER because I thought I was having a heart attack, came home and cycled in and out of panic attacks most of the night (even on Ativan).  I was better Saturday, then Sunday night started in again because I was worried about having another attack at work on Monday.  Went to work Monday, had to leave after 15 minutes.  Went to the doctor that day and he prescribed Lexapro and xanax.  This AM I had another panic attack although not as severe (no heart pounding) but I thought I was going crazy and feared I would have to be institutionalized.  I've worked through it and am feeling much better.  I have taken two weeks off of work in hopes the Lexapro will begin to work.  My husband seems disappointed in me.  I feel like ... well, I'm not even sure what I feel like.  From others who might have experienced the same thing... How long before people start to feel better?  I don't want to lose my job or my husband.  I also don't want to become addicted to Xanax.

Georgie Girl
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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 319
   Posted 6/11/2008 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello Pixie

You have come to the right place to talk about what is happening to you.  You will hear from several others who can relate to what you are going through.  I have recently been hospitalized for anxiety so I know how you feel.   

You are right to take some time off work to let the medication work.  I am sorry your husband isn't understanding.  My husband "tries" but he has never suffered from depression, anxiety or panic and just can't seem to put his mind around what is happening to me.  Your husband is probably scared and needs some time to take it all in.  The more he knows about your disorder, the more understanding he may be.  But first, you have to get your panic under control.   I hope your medication begins to work soon.


Georgie Girl

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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 146
   Posted 6/11/2008 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Honestly I feel this is a physical and mental disorder. If we could prevent it we would. Lexapro is a great drug and don't be afraid of it or xanax, if you are sick you need treatment. Anxiety is like pain, if it is not treated at the onset it gets worse.

Best wishes

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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 1952
   Posted 6/12/2008 3:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome!

I agree that you're smart to be taking this time off work to let your medications work. I don't take either of them on a regular basis, so I can't tell you how long it will take for them to kick in. It's different for different individuals, anyway, but someone will likely be along soon to describe their experiences.

Krista is right on the money about your husband being more supportive as he understands what you're gong through better.

Keep posting. You'll definitely find support and understanding here.

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