thank you very much for such a nice post.
I too am going through anxiety attacks daily right now. Been put on Prozac, but the bit hwere you said tell people around you about the attacks has ben stressful for me. I have tried to hide it from a quite unsympathetic Husband, but i found there have been situations when i have been feeling really anxious and ive been sitting at a dinner table with him, and he stares at me and says why are you so quiet? you seem spaced out!
I finally sat down and told him how ive been feeling, it didnt fall on deaf ears, but i dont think he took me too seriously, but at least i told him, and hes aware im suffering. I also told my Mother, who was similiar to my husband, my Father was more sympatetic as he had suffered panic attacks in his thirties. I havent told my Father about the Prozac though!!
Every day its a struggle right now, i wake in the morning and thats probably my worst time, i wake and my mind is racing from the moment i open my eyes. The Doctor said the Prozac may make me feel worse before i feel better, its been 3 weeks now, i seem to feel more down than before i started taking it. The panic attacks still happen, i dont know if Prozac is helping it or not, but im due to see my Doc this week for more pills. The one thing i feel is positive though is, that before when i felt an attack coming on, i would reach straight for a Valium which in the beginning took th eedge off, but along the last didnt touch them. Now i ride the panic through as i feel its no worse than when i took the Valium. So im not so reliant on those anymore, and im getting through these shortness of breath attacks, and not dying, i know that now, so i suppose that is a step forward. Time will tell. Thanks for the encouraging post though. Best wishes for the future