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Old 03-04-2006, 04:33 PM   #1
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Recovered?

I had my first panic attack in November 2005. I never had any problems with anxiety or panic EVER in my entire life prior to this. This came completely out of the blue. About a week prior to it, I had had chest pain and was diagnosed with pericarditis.

I went on to have many more attacks over the course of the month (even after my pericarditis had resolved) and I ended up with a ride to the hospital in an ambulance on one of those occasions.

I felt so out of control.

Lorazepam did not work for me and I would panic right through it. I took about a week's worth of Lexapro and it actually made me worse. I was given Alprazolam and that seemed to work the best. I had to start out taking it several times a day, then after a few weeks, I backed down and would only take it if I felt jittery and an attack coming on.

I haven't had one attack since the middle of December and I haven't taken any medication since then, either.

I realize it may still be early to deem myself cured, but I'm hopeful. Has anyone else ever gotten over panic attacks like that?

 
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Old 03-04-2006, 07:39 PM   #2
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Re: Recovered?

the panic attacks will likely came back so keep the alprazolam handy
read up about CBT on the net and get some self help books on agoraphobia and panic disorder and learn from them
ambulance rides due to a panic attack arent unusual, and can be very scary if a heart attack is suspected and the siren is used .panic attacks often come and go for no cause, attempting to uncover so called hidden causes is a waste of time and money, IMO

some have post traumatic shock from their first panic attack
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