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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 5/7/2007 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
A few months ago I started having some mild anxiety and stress. In the last couple of weeks it has turned into full blown panic attacks that are occuring pretty frequently (once every couple of days). At first they were only happening if I was somewhere I was uncomfortable. Now they are happening even when I'm somewhere familiar and with people I know. I've even gotten them around the new person I'm dating, somehow managing to not let him know (I feel like in this circumstance, my body isn't discerning between excitement and anxiety/panic)
I made an appt. with a psychiatrist through my insurance company only to find out they want to charge me $150 for the visit (which I cannot afford). I then made an appt with my GI doc (I have hep C), who is the only person I see regularly hoping he would be able to help me out. They can't get me in until the 18th. I will be miserable until then.
So I decided to make an appt for a primary care physician. I am having no other problems such as depression or illness. Will a PCP generally prescribe meds without my seeing a psychiatrist? I honestly feel there is mostly a physiological cause here. I have had them before in the past, but only one a year or so which I've read is normal. I've also been treated for depression over 7 or so years ago and know that Zoloft works well for me and can also be used to treat anxiety/panic.
Anyone else in a similar state? It's so irritating to know that when they happen it is for a completely irrational reason and to not be able to do anything about it. I need help.

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 5/7/2007 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I was prescribed anti-anxiety and anti-depressant in the ER after iexplained to them what was goin on...just a thought  good luck

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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 5/8/2007 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   
any doctor can prescribe zoloft and it may well help with the panic attacks and anxiety, may need a larger dose than before
also try to get some valium or similar which always helps
when you get a panic attack, relax, dont tense up or fight back
breathe deep and slow and wait for it to pass
I dont think the psychg would help much and I think the money would be better invested in self help recovery books and courses for panic disorder and agoraphobia
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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New Member

Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 14
   Posted 5/8/2007 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
yes, your PCP can prescribe. I have never seen a psychiatrist, just psychologist/counselors. my pcp precribes my medication. Now, that doesn't always fit every case, but hopefully you have a PCP you can trust and he will want to do all he can to help. I take zoloft, just got back on it about 2 months ago and i look at that little blue pill and thank it every day! :) hehe. try to learn techniques on dealing with anxiety. harry has posted a few and i'm sure any good google search can give you more. After my first panic attack a few years ago, I found a charity organization that only charged $25 to see a counselor for an hour. Some places like this will also do a sliding scale payment charge where your payment is proportional to your income. A counselor could possible help you with techniques to learn and hopefully you won't need to see him/her for too long before you find the comfort you need. after all this i basically just wanted to say YES YOUR PCP CAN PRESCRIBE lol - like i said in the first 5 words!

Regular Member

Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 21
   Posted 5/8/2007 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm so sorry that you are feeling like that.
I've been taking zoloft for anxiety and panic as well and my dr. (not a specialist) prescribed for me. So I'm sure your PCP can prescribe it for you.
I hope you can feel better soon!!!


New Member

Date Joined Jun 2006
Total Posts : 13
   Posted 5/9/2007 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone! I went to the doc yesterday and they gave me Lexapro and Xanax (.25mg) I know the Lexapro will take a few weeks to reach it's full effect and the xanax is for the meantime. The problem I run into now is that I can't take xanax during the day if I am having anxious feelings or think I will have an attack. Everyone I've talked to says you probably can't function for work, driving, etc. Any experience with this? Plus I'm kinda scared to take something I haven't taken before. So last night to fall asleep I took Advil PM and it worked like a charm. This still leaves me with what I should do to quell these feelings during the day???

To make matters worse, I got a phone call on my way to docs office yesterday that a good friend of mine passed away the night before. My ability to cope with all of this could not be any lower right now.

New Member

Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 5/9/2007 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been taking xanax for about 2 months now and the best way to start out is to take one at home to see how it makes you feel. In my experience it just makes you a little bit groggy for awhile but won't hinder your work or driving at all. I just started taking Celexa which has been making me feel a little spacey. It's the same for all anti-depressants usually. The Lexapro will take a few weeks to work so whenever you start to feel those anxious feelings just take a xanax and within 20 minutes or so you should feel better. Along with breathing deeply and taking a walk every now and then it should get you through your tough times. I hope this was a help to you. Take care. -Rob-
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