Re: Panic attack or something else????
Hi hatsheput12. I am really surprised that benzos like xanax and klonopin
don't help your anxiety. Benzos are really the only true anti-anxiety meds and they often work wonderful for anxiety when you first start taking them, but the effect can gradually wane over time as you become more and more tolerant after long-term use. They also have a really nasty withdrawal associated with them if you ever have to withdraw.
I am surprised you have the energy and motivation to pursue a PhD while struggling with these issues. I also take a SSRI but these tend not to help much with anxiety. How are you doing on the 20 mgs of paxil? Have you ever tried to meditate? I have had limited success with it, but I need to be more consistent.