Originally Posted by hayleigh
Thanks Nuttyprof. Can you recommend anything to help, Ive tried to do some deep breathing exercises which help a little, but im constantly thinking of when the next attack will happen. All i want is to get back to normal and not feel this way. Also after you have had an attack do you feel tired and have a pain in the left side of your breast .
Many thanks for your reply, at least i have some kind of answer to what this is.
There are a few different kinds of medications that may help. Benzodiazepines are sometimes referred to as "immediate drugs", because they work right away and allow many people to take them on an as needed basis.
"Delayed drugs", like antidepressants can take over a month to start finally helping you with panic attacks.
I have never had any success with coginitive behavioral therapy although some panic sufferers love it and it helps them.
There are a few books out there written by Dr. Claire Weekes which can be very beneficial, especially if you keep reading them over and over. Except her books were written a while ago and I don't think they used the term "panic disorder" then. It was just simply referred to as nervous suffering or nervous breakdowns.
It could also be that you havent developed full blown panic disorder yet and maybe you never will. You could be just going through something temporary right now. But the worrying about when the next attack will come is definately very characteristic of panic disorder. The disorder is less about panic attacks and more about anticipitation about having them.
As far as pain goes, I don't have breasts because I am male but I can say Iv'e had pains from head to toe. How we interprut the pain or so called "weird sensations" our bodies are giving us is also a big component of panic disorder. You will learn if you truly have panic disorder that it can seem so complex and it starts to become very personal on a day to day basis in the ways you feel you can overcome or live with panic disorder. There really is no right or wrong way to treat it. If you do see a psychiatrist, the two classes of medications I mentioned above will be the ones most likely prescribed to you if your doctor thinks you have panic disorder.
There are, in extreme cases (or what the doctor percieves as a complicated case), situations where psychiatrists mess around or experiment with a few different types of pyschiatric drugs other than benzodiazepines and antidepressants.