Anxiety and panic disorder can slowly progress or quickly without treatment. They do get better, but with time and patience.
You may not have it forever, you may be able to cure yourself of it, and I hope you do.
For me, my panic gets worse during that time of the month, and it sucks!!
"Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars."
DX: Panic Disorder, Depression, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), Chronic Migraines
RX: Ativan/Lorazapam (1 MG a day), Lexapro (15 MG a day), Tylonel for the TMJ and Migraines
Posted 11/29/2006 11:01 PM (GMT -7)
hello crying. I don't have panic disorder but I do suffer with GAD. Yes, the symptoms can be worse with PMS. One thing that I used to do is to pull out an index card during that time that read "normal." When I looked at that index card it reminded me that for this time of the month, my mind is messing with me and although it all seems real it is the PMS. The word "normal" meant to me -- this is "normal" for this time of the month. Try it.
Posted 11/30/2006 7:17 PM (GMT -7)
Anxiety and panic will snowball. Years ago after my first panic attack I was able to control it with CBT and relaxation.
When my anxiety returned it was part of post-partum depression. I swear that in addition to my metabolism changing with that birth, something chemical changed also. I need a small dose of paxil (10 mg) now in order for the CBT and relaxation to work.
I highly recommend therapy as a first step. If things are really bad, maybe some benzos short-term. The longer term meds will be there if you need them.