Post Edited (debaser) : 3/2/2007 9:09:57 PM (GMT-7)
Greetings...Yes, Zoloft can have a drowsy effect, but generally is one of the better meds...
I was around your age, 23, when I first started having panic attacks...I can remember the first one and as time went by I can recall saying the same things you have expressed. I am now 40, and over the years I have had some ups and big downs, but always seem to manage.
If I had to venture to guess what one thing I would have done differently it would: I would tell my husband about it sooner. I would have him go with me in the beginning to the doctor appointments. That way he could have a better understanding of what is taking place with me..
Now, he's an old pro at helping me through all situations and this is one of the best meds I could have ever taken. When you gain the support of those around you it helps tremendously, why? Because you don't have the pressure of hiding it. Panic disorder makes us withdraw within ourselves and hid from the world so we don't have to face the feelings of panic and feeling as if we are spiraling out of control. Reality is, we are in control, it just feels like we are not..
Today, there are few things that make me have severe panic attacks where before all things were a problem...I have done a lot of work getting to this point so I can live like I was before that first day of panic.
One of the biggest things I noticed is the need to be in control is what actually made me panic...When I was 23 I was married to a man that I had absolutely no control over...He was abusive and rude on top of that he was a liar big time...The husband I spoke about above is the man I am now married to...Wonderful man, he is...
It was all the stress and sense of loss coupled with the loss of control of the situation and I am now sure it was a hormone, mineral imbalance AND the BIG thing was I was dehydrated that made me panic...My body was trying to balance it self and it could not...Slowly but surely things started to shut down and negative changes started to happen in my body...
I hope that this has helped you in some manner...Blessings..
** just fixing typos
Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 3/4/2007 7:20:59 AM (GMT-7)
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