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Old 01-01-2001, 03:31 AM   #1
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In another world..anxiety disorder..feel out of reality.

Hi

I am hoping that someone with the same symptoms will read this. About a year ago I had what I later found out was a panic attack. Unfortunately I then slipped into a state where my vision was strange and I was extremeley agitated and anxious (with almost constant panic). I had pressure in my head, my brain felt like it was twisting in my head and most of all, I felt like I was in another world. I could not focus on things, especially outside. Depression later set in and I began to use Nardil to treat these symptoms.

Nardil on its own did not work but when my Psych. added Zyprexa, I began to feel better.
Eventually (3 months later) my vision became better and I felt back in the real world.

I have since had a relapse when I came off Zyprexa and it has just taken me 4 months to get back to a steady state.

Does anyone have a similar story? If so, how were you treated and did it work.. I can't
seem to find anyone who has had this panic/anxiety disorder with such severe visual
impairement.

 
Old 01-01-2001, 08:05 AM   #2
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Re: In another world..anxiety disorder..feel out of reality.

i am the panic disorder queen of the world. my onset was in my early-mid 20''s. i went for years trying to "buck up," thinking i was just a 'fraidy cat.
symptoms: burning, needling, tingling on face. mild nausea. then, if the panic was going to really be a big one, the tingling spreads to the skin on my entire body, burning. and the pit of my stomach seems to be swallowing itself. mentally, i'm abjectly terrified.
visually, my vision doesn't change, but there is an aspect of physical orientation, or lack thereof, that makes it virtually impossible to move my head from side to side.
and that feels like i'm "just too terrified to look."
it's paralyzing, and even fantasies of visiting the emergency room are of no comfort.
it's absolute helplessness.
and oddly, the experience does center itself around my head and face, so i'm not surprised to hear about a vision thing.

i finally went to a community mental health center, they said my diagnosis was a no-brainer: panic disorder.
the psych told me to go to my internist, tell her i have panic disorder, and request paxil.
i started the paxil, and within 10 days my life was changed. paxil really, really does stunt the explosiveness of a panic attack. it's a pharmacologic army between you and your panic attack.
it's amazing. and it's not a sedative, as you know. it's just plain good.
and a coincidence: i am in the process of beginning wellbutrin instead of paxil. i've switched over. it's been like 2 days, so there's no way of knowing yet, but i switched because i'd like to want to have sex, ever. i'm a new bride, and that paxil is like novacaine for your libido.
it really puts the brakes on sex drive.
i hope things will work out on the wellbutrin.
i'd really look into some paxil, despite its unintended effects.
one thing: have you had your vision checked? it really could be that your panic is coupled with mild myopia.
or your panic could be setting off occipital migraines, which are not painful, but they cause visual disturbances.
who knows?
hope this has helped.
everyone has their own little personal characteristic panic symptom.
get your eyes checked, though.
it could be something else.

i'm real sorry to hear about your suffering, i wouldn't wish this terror on anybody.
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Old 01-01-2001, 10:03 PM   #3
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Re: In another world..anxiety disorder..feel out of reality.

Hello Shannan

I am having the same symptoms that you just described. I go into anxiety attacks and since then my vision has changed alot. I also have this amazing pressure on the crown of my head and it feels like my brain is just twisting in my head. Makes me feel somewhat lightheaded and sometimes even dizzy. My Dr says I have a form of depression and anxiety. I have started on a daily 10mg dose of Celexa ... I will raise it to 20mg tomorrow. My Dr thinks this will help. I hope it does! I just wanted to write you though cause I was amazed to find someone that is going through somewhat what I think I am going through.

 
Old 01-02-2001, 01:57 AM   #4
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Re: In another world..anxiety disorder..feel out of reality.

Hello Stcy

I am sad to hear that you have this terrible illness. Believe me, I know what you are feeling like. You are the first person that I have found that has had the "brain twisting" feelings, pressure , anxiety and visual disturbence.

I don't know how long you have had this but I will tell you of my experiences on the road to recovery.

First a GP tried me on one of the new antidepressants (Aropax).. This was not the one for me. It made the anxiety and panic even worse and I ended up in the emergency ward of a hospital in a tortured state. My skin felt like it was on fire and I had constant panic.

I then saw a psychiatrist who put me on an older antidepressant (Nardil).. Nothing happened with the vision and pressure, but the panic abated.

Then after 6 weeks he put me on an anti-psychotic , Zyprexa (Olanzapine) which I took as well as the Nardil. About 6 weeks later I began to come out of this state. I regained my life over the next few months and the panic/visual problems and physical head symptoms disappeared.. It was like I was reborn. When my vision was effected, it was like I could not focus on objects and the world looked flat, without depth. Now I can see three dimensionally again, it is quite miraculous.

I don't know how long I will have to be on this medication but it has saved my life. I have had a fair bit of weight gain but I can put up with this.

The moral to this story is, hang in there. It takes an agonising few months but there is relief around the corner. Good luck with the Celexa. If this does not work. There are other medications out there and everyone is different.

If you have any questions for me , please let me know.

Shannan

 
Old 01-02-2001, 02:07 AM   #5
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Re: In another world..anxiety disorder..feel out of reality.

Hi Deidlers

Thanks for your encouraging words. I am at a stage now where medication has given me my life back. And I like you would not wish this terror on anyone.

I guess that while this disorder hits us all differently there is a common thread of anxiety/panic.

Good luck with the Wellbutrin (does this have a chamical name?).. I am a new groom and I know about low labido with some of these medications. I hope that your spouse is as supportive as mine is..

Thanks again
Shannan

 
Old 01-02-2001, 08:50 AM   #6
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Re: In another world..anxiety disorder..feel out of reality.

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Shannan:
<B>Hi

I am hoping that someone with the same symptoms will read this. About a year ago I had what I later found out was a panic attack. Unfortunately I then slipped into a state where my vision was strange and I was extremeley agitated and anxious (with almost constant panic). I had pressure in my head, my brain felt like it was twisting in my head and most of all, I felt like I was in another world. I could not focus on things, especially outside. Depression later set in and I began to use Nardil to treat these symptoms.

Nardil on its own did not work but when my Psych. added Zyprexa, I began to feel better.
Eventually (3 months later) my vision became better and I felt back in the real world.

I have since had a relapse when I came off Zyprexa and it has just taken me 4 months to get back to a steady state.

Does anyone have a similar story? If so, how were you treated and did it work.. I can't
seem to find anyone who has had this panic/anxiety disorder with such severe visual
impairement.</B>[/QUOTE

For the past year or so I have had this pressure in my head that I convinced myself must be a brain tumour growing.It affects my vision and makes me very dizzy.It feels as though I have a wire pulling tight through my neck,shoulders and head.I get bad reactions from lots of tablets,especially anti-depressants,but I think I am going to have to try something as I feel worse every day.An MRI scan showed nothing is wrong in my head,but I still think there must be something physical causing this.It doesn't matter what I am doing,or how I hold my head,there is always this "pressing" there.I really can't believe that anxiety and depression can make me feel like this 24 hours a day.Any advice would be greatly appreciated thanks.

 
Old 01-02-2001, 11:16 AM   #7
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Re: In another world..anxiety disorder..feel out of reality.

Hi Carmelitta

I too was convinced that something physical was causing my problem. I have has a CT scan and an MRI scan, both of which showed no tumour. I now feel that what I have is a chemical imbalance . I do not know what caused this and medical science does not know enough about the brain.

My advice would be that you see a psychiatrist (and one experienced in pharmacology).. I have found that GP's do not have the experience required to treat these problems.

Do not despair if you do not get relief from the first medication that you are put on. There are many kinds of medication and what is right for one is not always right for another. The medication that I am on has really helped me, to the point that I can lead a normal life again.

Good Luck Carmelitta.

 
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