Oh! I'm am so glad I finally found you! I thought there wasn't a forum for panic because I was looking under P for Panic and not A for Anxiety. Duh! Anyways, I juat read your Panic is...topic, and I just felt like I was coming home to people who understood how real this is. I had a story I wanted to tell you guys about what happened to me:
So, about 2 months ago, I started having panic attacks, three or more a day, and I couldn't eat because I thought my food was contaminated with things I was allergic to, and I couldn't sleep because I thought I would never wake up. So, I went on Paxil and have been on it for about 6 weeks, and I've been feeling much better, completely turned around, cured!
Then I moved and started a new teaching job...Just yesterday we had a pre-semester meeting. One of my older colleuges who new me from before and helped me get the teaching job brought up in front of the dean and other teachers that she thought something was wrong with me--anxiety, depression, or anorexia--because I had a decreased appetite, the shakes, sleeping lots and (one!) panic attack where i just excused myself to get some air! So in front of everyone she said that she thought I had mental problems and needed to see a psychiatrist! I was so embarrased. Just what I need, all my peers thinking I'm nuts. What really upset me was that I thought I had improved so much on the paxil--going from several attackes a day to just a two in six weeks. And what she saw as symptoms of mental illness were really just side effects from the paxil! I'm embarrassed and feel like all the progress I made was nothing! God! Is there no way to win?!