many of us carry a few valium type tablets with us and disolve 1 under the tongue when a panic attack starts or seems likely, this helps a lot
self help books on recovery from agoraphobia or panic disorder have useful advice, librarys usually have some
yes loss of self confidence is a big problem for panic attack sufferers
I believe that each person has the right to choose if they want to use medications in their treatment plan or not. I do not judge but like you I used the meds as I would have been in hospital had I not.
In November of 2005 I was in full blown anxiety attack every night as I could not sleep. I had been taking a very mild sedative for years but when I had my melt down we ended up with my using 4 mg of Ativan every night.
I was told in December of 2006 I had to start weaning off and I was willing........but it did not feel good. A friend sent me this website
I printed the info and the schedule and took it to my P-doc...........she had wanted me to substitue Klonopin but the info I had said Valium as it is the longst acting benzo.
The schedule goes very slow and if you need you can adjust, so far I have gone from 40 mg of Valium to 12 mg per day. My Doc read the info and did some reseach and agreed that it was reputable and if I wanted to go that route we would.
This is just my story and you may have found better info as others have posted sites to you.
I wish you the best and keep posting.
Hello, I am Kitt. I am happy to meet you. I have read this whole thread and you have talked with some of the members that have helped you to understand how their anxiety has affected them.
It feels like you know what plan you are going to use to decrease your anxiety and you understand yourself very well. Insight into yourself is important and believing in your ability to overcome this disorder is powerful.
I wish you only the best and please keep posting..........we are here for you.