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   Posted 12/8/2006 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I know everyone is different, but I was just curious as to how often people here have had relapses... I was so lucky to have felt good for 10 years (though on Zoloft the whole time), that I was really hit by a brick when I had an A/P relapse.  At the time, I guess I thought I had conquered it, although I know now that it never truly goes away.  Granted, my relapse seems to be caused by situational events, but I have had other very stressful times when I coped much better.  Just trying to figure out what triggers the A/P in general and trying to face the fact that I will have this throughout my life...

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   Posted 12/8/2006 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   

maybe get back on the zoloft, perhaps at a higher dose and this time learn relaxation, CBT and anxiety and panic coping skills

It can come back years later by which time many have forgotten whatever CBT they learned, so it helps to keep a journal when recovering noting the things you tried and what helped or didnt help, in case it comes back

dont search for subconscious causes of the relapse, just get on with coping with it

relapses or setbacks, like other unpleasant things, just happen eyes

recovered former longtime anxiety and panic attack sufferer and helper of other sufferers  but no training or  qualifications in medicine or psychology, any remarks that may be taken as advice must be confirmed with doctor or other health professional

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   Posted 12/8/2006 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   
wow a.l. you are going through the same thing as me right now. I did not have any panic or anxiety for about 11 years and here lately boom. Is your anxiety as bad as the first time around? That is what is worring me right now because i dont want to get that bad again. Hope you feel better soon Good luck and god bless you. Barb

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   Posted 12/9/2006 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there, I think that it is great you got through and persevered for the 10 years. I started having panic attacks over a year ago, and had a handle on them for over a year. I had them for about 4 months and then none up until a month ago. Like you, I had a group of instances that set mine off, they were pretty significant life changes for me, so I know that this time around I will take more caution and beat it again. I have decided to go another route to healing this time and get to the root of my anxiety. So far so good, I know you will be successful again just hang in there Let us know how you are doing :)

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   Posted 12/9/2006 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi-all-thanks for your responses!!

Yes, Harry, I have upped the Zoloft dosage to the maximum (through my doctor)...Have been working on relaxation, etc., but so many things have happened to me this year that it is hard to relax!!

Barb-no, fortunately, it is not as bad as the first time around, perhaps because I knew what it was immediately (first time around I was tested for all kinds of things before I was diagnosed with A/P) and my doctor upped the dosage of Zoloft. But, even at a maximum dosage, I still feel the A/P, although I guess it is bearable at this point (I am not pacing the floors at night like I did the first time around...) I just feel like until my life straightens out to a "normal", and my husband and I get our feet on the ground again, I will have this no matter what I do. I was just thrown for such a loop, though, because I thought I had the A/P under control...wish there was a cure for this!!

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