Panic/anxiety attack...

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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 72
   Posted 12/4/2007 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey all,

It's been a good few months since I've posted(the last time was back at the end of the summer), and I'm posting this now because I'm right in the middle of an anxiety attack. Pretty sure I know what brought it on, and I'd like to know if anybody else has had relapses before and what you did to cope. Here's what I think caused it:

1. about a month and a half ago I began tapering off my Celexa medication. Two weeks ago I had my last pill.
2. Last weekend was the last night I would be performing with a theater group that I've been a part of for the past four years.
3. There was a question of whether or not one of my bosses would be leaving to take another position. He's been a great guy to work for. Fortunately I received word today that he will be staying.
4. A very stressful morning at work with a big problem that needed to be fixed as quickly as possible.

So, as usual with me, a bit of an event cascade. Those who remember me from a few months back know that I don't deal with major life changes very gracefully, and the past week presented me with two major possible life-changes. Started feeling sick, and I've been sitting in my office shaking a bit for the past hour. When I get this type of panic attack I also tend to get de-realization, so right now it's as if I'm sitting here in my office chair and my surroundings are unfamiliar to me.

*sigh* I've been doing very well the past few months too. Anyone have any suggestions? I really thought I was getting control of this and suddenly I'm faced with this setback. How am I going to be able to live life if I can't even handle the <i>possibility</i> of change? sad

Suggestions, empathy, 'stiff-upper-lip's and anything else are welcome.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 12/4/2007 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey there,

I am sorry you are going through this.  May I ask why you went off the Celexa, it was most likely working for you if you had been doing well. 

I know we all hate to be dependent on a medication but sometimes it is the better of  two choices.

I would like to go off my Cymbalta and have dropped to the lowest effective dose but my Pdoc is concerned that my anxiety will kick in again.

I have weaned down to practically nil on the Valium and only take the Cymbalta.

I hope others have some great advice for you.  Please know I care and hope you get past this quickly.

Give yourself permission to be human too. :)



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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 72
   Posted 12/4/2007 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Kitt,

I started taking the Celexa back in February of this year when I was really going through a bad period of anxiety(they seem to come in waves for me...I'll be mostly fine for a few months and then something will happen to trigger a 'freak out'), and I really felt like I was getting somewhere and to the point where I did not need the medication anymore. I spoke to my doc and started tapering it off as per her recommendation, but she did warn me that this could happen. If I'm still in this state tomorrow I will contact her and see what her thoughts are.

I live in an apartment down near where I work, about 45 minutes from where I lived as a child, and my father actually works near there, so he stopped by after work tonight(to watch some TV and talk as it'd been a couple of weeks since I'd seen him), and when he saw that I wasn't doing well he told me, "I'm taking you home for a few hours so you can calm down." It's nice to have the family rally around.

It's odd, once this starts happening to me I start thinking about all the stuff that could possibly happen over the next few weeks. I live near a college campus where a lot of my undergraduate and graduate friends are, but we're all kind of dispersing and going home for Christmas, and I don't know why, but it's making me feel lonely. This also contributed to the anxiety today. Does anybody else get this?

Thanks for answering back so quickly, Kitt!

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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 717
   Posted 12/4/2007 10:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry that you are struggling again with anxiety.  I've had many, many setbacks on my road through anxiety.  I've also had just as many good periods, so there is hope.  It sounds like you've had alot on your mind and that you don't handle life changes well, (I don't either), and that can take a toll on your nerves and cause anxiety to resurface.  I think it's a good idea to call your doc and see what she has to say about your meds.  I agree with kitt, I wish I didn't have to take anything, but I've accepted that I will probably be on medication for the rest of my life and I'm okay with that.  Until then, keep using cbt to try and keep yourself calm and be accepting of whatever symptoms you have, allow them to be and as you know, they will pass.  You've gotten through this before, and you will again!  Hope you see improvement soon!
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