pre-menstrual anxiety

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   Posted 1/2/2007 2:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Even though I've had panic/anxiety disorder for over a year, I almost never have full-blown panic attacks anymore and the general anxiety/hypochondria stuff has gotten much better, to the point where I'm almost back to normal functioning again. Unfortunately, some of the physical symptoms and especially the obsessive-compulsive-hypochondria stuff comes back in full force in the week or sometimes two weeks leading up to my period, and it builds up over time until the day I start bleedin'. I'm guessing it's a hormonal imbalance or something. I tried the Pill, but it only made the anxiety more severe and and seemed to drag it out over an entire month.

What should I do next? Would it make more sense to go back to the psych and try a different medication, or should I see a specialist about getting blood work and whatever else done? I know it makes very little sense to go on antidepressants or try a different anti-anxiety drug for only a week out of the month at a time, but I'm not sure what else I can do about the crazy pre-period stuff until I get more info on it, probably via a really expensive doctor visit.

Oh, and I'm 21, never been pregnant and currently use .25 mg Klonopin as needed, maybe three or four times a month at the most.

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   Posted 1/2/2007 2:56 AM (GMT -6)   
many psychs originally said all agoraphobia was thru pre menstural pronlems and so it was labeled as a womens only disease
a man came down with severe agoraphobia, he was a school headmaster and needed help, eventually his psychiatriats said he was a fascinating case, he had in a process of hysterical conversion, adopted all the problems of a womens disease called  agoraphobia
he later got help from the agoraphobia self help movement
so Im saying that undoubtedly it gets worse at stressful times, but the cause isnt pre menstural problems, many men get it too, and theres no separate male version of agoraphobia, panic disorder or whatever you want to call it
your K dose is very small, ask doc about a higher dose on the bad days and you should also learn CBT, that is different ways of coping with the stress and tension
an antidepressant may well help with all you mention and would go well with the K
I would try one of the safer older and cheaper ones such as prozac, at a very low starting dose   doc will probably want you to take an expensive new one, perhaps which earns him some benefit eyes
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   Posted 1/2/2007 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Over the last year, my anxiety issues and OCD have gotten a lot worse in the week leading up to my period. I've just had all the blood tests and they say my hormones are normal. confused

I'm 37 so fit into the peri-menopausal group, I've been keeping mood charts and it's obvious to see I'm controlled largely by my hormones so I'm going to look into some good menstral supplements to try to ease that week or 2 each month.

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   Posted 1/3/2007 12:32 AM (GMT -6)   
harry4 said...


Uhh...I'm not agoraphobic, and I know very well that men get panic disorder, too--I inherited it from my dad, who's had it much worse than I do for the past 15 years. And yes, it IS a premenstrual problem, although not directly related to PMS as far as I know.
As for the klonopin dose, it's that small by my own choice because that's all I need to calm me down during even a full-blown PA these days and it makes me too drowsy and spacey to use more frequently for just the anxious and OCD thoughts (I should have specified that in my post, sorry). Like I said in my OP, I' rather not go on an antidepressant at all because I don't need it the rest of the month, and it wouldn't even begin to work after only a week of use.
Maybe I'll look into some homeopathic or alternative menstrual supplements and see if that helps. Any suggestions for what seems to work well?
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