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   Posted 1/20/2007 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been trying very hard to do the exercises my psych. told me will help during a panic attack. My prev. post shared the great day that I was having. This has continued and I felt relived that I was taking back control of my life. Last night I planned to go out with a couple of my friends to catch up etc. I was putting on my radio when all of a sudden my heart started skipping. It did this about 10 times in a row like it couldn't find a normal beat. I freaked out calling my husband. I really felt like I needed an ambulance. I tried to incorporate some of the exercises but as I had never had anything this bad I went into thinking that THIS was something bad. It finally stopped when I sat on the bathroom floor and tried to talk positive to myself. Of course I called my DR. who said it was a panic attack. He called me in some Ativan. I haven't taken any meds and I'm kind of scared to. Does anyone take these? Do they help? Anyway I just wanted to say that I had no idea that a panic attack could be so severe. I guess what I was having before was mostly general anxiety. I def. know the difference now and give kudos to all of you that can take control when these hit.

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   Posted 1/20/2007 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I believe Lyn might take these if I remember right...and probably others aswell...keep in mind you did well and survived...now you know for next time that it will not kill you and it too will pass...Hang in there and I wish you the best...
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   Posted 1/20/2007 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never taken Ativan before but do take Xanax when I can't control an attack with deep breathing and positive thoughts.  The down side to my medicine is the drowsy feeling it gives you.  Great at night cause will give you a good night sleep bad at work because its hard to keep focused.

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   Posted 1/20/2007 11:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry you had to suffer through that attack Libby.  It's really not fun....I used to find xanax really helpful in this situation...is it not helping you??? I don't have access to ativan where I live but I think a combo of CBT and med's is the best for panic.  As michelle said, hang in, know you are stronger than this and keep us posted :-)
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   Posted 1/21/2007 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
a largish dose of ativan or any other valium type med will reduce any panic attack a lot
works fastest if disolved under the tongue
klonapin wafers if available are designed to be taken this way
also helps to breathe deep and slow, to relax, not tense up or fight back
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   Posted 1/22/2007 5:45 AM (GMT -6)   
The ones of which Harry speaks are expensive here in Ontario and nor are the covered .........sublingual
I have been on ativan for yrs sometimes 1 mg and have been up to 3 2mgs per day when i am broke out with the P sores
Have no fear with these IMHO
Doing CBT us a great idea IMO
There is a free online one I use if you want the link let me knw k
I only take ativan now when absoultely needed I do other things to help myyself fight this DD
Let us know how you make out and if you want that link for CBT
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