Chemical induced panic attacks and recovery?

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   Posted 2/12/2010 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello and thank you for reading this. I am writing this message in hopes to get this off of my chest and I hope to find that I am not the only person who has been down this path…

I hope that this will not be too long, last summer I was exposed to a pesticide and I developed Panic Attacks out of the blue. I went to see a GP and they gave me .25mg of and 20mg of citroplam. I was informed that I would not be prescribed alazopram unless I was put on an antidepressant. I had no history of Depression in my life and up until that week I had never had anxiety of any form. The GP did not even ask me if I had been near anything out of the ordinary nor did I think to mention the pesticide. I started taking the meds, but I continued to get worse culminating in me being rushed to the emergency room. After going to the emergency I looked into what had changed prior to the attacks. That is when I thought of the pesticide that I had been getting all over my skin. I stopped using it and in couple of days I stopped having the attacks.

However, since the attacks I had a very increased level of anxiety. Some of the simplest of things made me nervous. I started seeing a counselor and even weaned myself off of the citroplam (Which is a MAJOR pain). I had being doing great. Very rarely needing the .25 of alazopram. I even had gone over a month with out needing any meds of any kind.. I must say ever sine I came off the citroplam I am more emotional and have more feelings then I ever did before and I actually like it.

Unfortunately this past Friday when people started talking about the major storm coming at the northeast I started getting worked up. Over the weekend with the snow coming in and the power failing and such I have been a wreck. I even had to have an emergency phone session with my counselor. Now I fear that I have fallen back to how I was before..

What I am wondering is has anyone ever experienced panic attacks induced by exposure to a Neurotoxin (pesticide)? Does a back slide mean that I am getting worse? Does it take a long time to get over the attacks? I am just afraid of having another one. I have found certain situations will make me more nervous. Keep in mind, prior to this I had nerves of steel and rarely was scared or upset by anything. Do people ever get back to 100% or will I be like this forever?

Thank you for reading this long-winded story. I look forward to your thoughts.

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   Posted 2/12/2010 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello and welcome to HealingWell. I do not know that I have ever been exposed to anything that would have caused my anxiety as I also have a dx of depression.

I do know that my anxiety will be fine and then can be triggered sometimes for reasons I cannot identifiy or sometimes reasons I know triggered the anxiety. Does it get better again, Yes ! At least for me it does. I always have some low anxiety but I have learned to deal with that through therapy and keep it down. Sometimes it is all just a case of staying in the moment and refusing to let the anxiety rear it's ugly head.

Again a warm welcome and I know you will be hearing from others.



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   Posted 2/12/2010 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the friendly greeting. Right now I am at a low point and I swear it feels like months of therapy were undone in a week.. I am very luck that I have a loving wife who is there for me. Plus some close friends and family. It is just hard to pick yourself up sometimes. And for me, I am goal oriented. If I can't quantify what I have done it drives me nuts.
Thank you,

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   Posted 6/7/2016 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Are you still on this board, ChemicalAnxiety?

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   Posted 6/8/2016 1:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Panicgirl91

Welcome to the forum.

Chemical Anxiety is no longer on the forum and as this is an old post I will need to lock it as we are pushed for space.

Please feel free to start your own thread and tell us what's happening and we can help to support you.

I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.


Diagnosed with:- Asperger's Syndrome, Dyslexia, GAD, Social Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, OCD, Depression and Scheuermann's Disease (Adult)

Medications:- 60mg Prozac, 45mg Mirtazapine , Haloperidol 2mg per day, Dihydrocodeine 180mg per day
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