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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 12/21/2006 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I would like to introduce myself. I am a 26 year old male that has suffered from panic attacks since my first one when I was 15. I have been sitting on the sidelines on this website for over a year now and decided it was time to jump into the game. I come from a family that suffers from anxiety. We are very vibrant, sociable, and enjoyable people, but we are high strung and panic prone. I am the youngest of 10 children ranging from 56-26 years old (older father that has been married three times). Of the 10 children, 6 of us have had panic attacks and my sister and myself have anxiety/panic attacks frequently. My mother had her first attack when she was 42 and has been medicated with xanax for 16 years now. I have a half brother that has a different mom and he suffered through his 20s and 30s. i.e. it comes from my father's side as well. My first attack was induced by "something I did" and I called 911. When the ambulance arrived, I felt safe and quickly came off the attack. Through high school I continued to "do this" and have attacks, but my friends that smoked with me were important and I just suffered. I developed a heightened sense of my heart beat during this time and was always worried I was having heart attacks. confused I went to University of Tennessee and developed attacks during class since I felt I was trapped in a situation where it would be embarrassing to seek refuge during an attack and leave class and not come back. I then got medicated for the first time, 100 mg of Zoloft. It worked, but I was a zombie. I came off after eight months and was panic free for two years. I met my wife at school, quit smoking pot for good, graduated, got married, and now am expecting our first child ( a boy! ). I am now having frequent anxiety along with the occasional code red panic attack. I tend to visit the doctor frequently for strange symptoms and about twice a year I take a trip to the ER. I developed hypochondria over the years and am ultra-sensitive to any changes in my body and I always assume the changes mean something catastrophic. I have a great job and wife (we have a westie that we love too!) and I am functional, but I have my days. I currently take .5 mg of Klonopin every morning and that is working right now. I also love to read (history major) and have become a self proclaimed expert on anxiety disorders with all the books I have read. With such a wealth of information out there, I have learned many coping mechanisms and will come off Klonopin after our first child arrives and gets settled. I love to play golf and am close to scratch and I also love music, wildlife, history, and family. I am sorry if this is too long, but just about everything I have been seeing on this website I have experienced at one time or another. In a matter of fact, my regional VP of sales rode with me yesterday and the day went great until the end I had a life or death panic attack that I survived without him even noticing! tongue I look forward to posting on this forum and maybe helping others when they are suffering. God Bless and MERRY CHRISTMAS.

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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 16
   Posted 12/21/2006 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Hypo......I am new as well.
You speak of so many things that I am sure most of us can identify with.  The one that stuck out for me was University classes and feeling trapped.....this is why I always sat ~right~ next to the door.....quick exit if I needed it.
I have no experience with Klonopin but I do with Prozac or Paxil (currently on 25 mg).  May I ask why you are going off this drug after your son is born?  I'm NO expert but one would think that a first child could add some stress to your lifestyle and maybe going off it would not be beneficial.....but just my thoughts....and perhaps some food for thought.
Congrats on the up and coming baby and welcome.
Bizy Bee

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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 12/21/2006 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome hypopanic, glad that you decided to post. Congratulations on turning your life around, the marriage and the baby and just the fact that you are trying so hard and you are growing. I love people who are trying to grow. That's what life is all about, really. I'm glad that you will be jumping in with some suggestions about A/P from the books that you read. Everyones input is valuable. God bless you too and Merry Christmas!
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 42
   Posted 12/21/2006 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello ,I'm a 37 male married ,I can relate to you ya.I started my own business, with child on the way,2 yr ago,after wife gave birth to our little girl 3 months she had seuizer, back in june it started with a bug bite while doing my lawn and lanscaping service, panic attacks , it's at the point where I don't belive the doctors, that I have this because i was so normal. and now this, I affraid to take the pills in which they have given. I have lost a lot of customers, and went back to work at a reg job may be less stressful, boy was i wrong. Now I'm a bout to loss this job because of the drugs that the doctor precribed the place at work has a ploicy about legal drugs which impair one self. I'ts hard to be like this I just this to stop. and be normal again. God bless you and your new Family. Merry Christmas!!!!!

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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 16
   Posted 12/22/2006 1:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Chicken.....confused here....did the bug bite cause something? And as far as your job you CANNOT be fired for taking meds. (In Canada that is....not sure about where you live)
Bizy Bee
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 40
   Posted 12/22/2006 8:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the responses. It is nice to hear from people out there that deal with the same issues I have that seem like I am the only one in the world with this problem yeah In regards to coming off the medicine, I am going to wait until the time is right when I have gotten into a routine of taking care of our upcoming boy. Then I will look at coming off my meds. Chickensoup, I hope things get better at work. Just keep plugging away and do the job they ask you and you will be fine. Explain to them the purpose of the meds and how you can function with them.

Regular Member

Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 46
   Posted 12/22/2006 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
yeah  Welcome Hypo!!!!!!!!!!!!
I can really relate as my triggers for Anxiety/Panic are health related also any change, twing, or pain and we are off and running (so to speak). This is a great web site and the people here are really great. Support and understanding is a powerful weapon in this fight and the deversion the Chat Room offers is amazing..
God Bless you and yours and Merry Christmas to you also.

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Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 12/22/2006 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW
As you have seen already the support and empathy here on the board is fantastic
Never have I had a time where I was not supported and helped thru situations I have had to deal with
Please do kepp posting and become an active member on the forum
Wishing you and yors the best Christmas and a great 2007
Congrats on the new babe to come
It is such a beautful thing having and watching your child grow
Take care and see ya on the boards
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