So, for about 3 months now, I've had symptoms that people get in panic attacks. However, my symptoms do not come and go, they are chronic. So it's not a panic attack. Would this be a panic disorder or anxiety disorder? Or what? I just am confused. Others seem to categorize panic disorder as when people get panic attacks. I don't get those (I've had one). I am just in a constant panic attack or something... can that happen?
Hi terry, I suffer from Panic disorder as well. I do not have the panic attacks anymore. I only had 2 or 3 last year. I do suffer from "brian fog" on a constant basis. It makes you uncomfortable and somewhat depressing on days. Some people say it is part of the disorder.
Maybe what you are experiencing is that as well.
I have been readign your other posts - I am glad to see that you have been getting checked by doctors.
Xanax never worked well with me. I ended up with Klonopin. Have you tried that?
Terry, Have you tried anyone at Beth Isreal Hopital?
Right now, I'm still getting my medical tests. If my psychiatrist can't help me if all my med tests are clear, I will try Beth Israel or Brigham and Women's.
My psych. told me if I have anxiety, the xanax will help. If I have panic, it won't help and that's what SSRI's are for. So, I guess I have more panic than anxiety. But my body cannot seem to handle the SSRIs. So then what? Ugh... I don't know.. I am just so not myself anymore and I have two small kids at home I'm missing out on! Hopefully, within the next month or two, my answers will be known and a treatment will start to work.
Just hang in there. I have a 1 and a half year old and I deal with my anxiety disorder day to day. I do sometimes feel like I am missing out on his life just because I simply dont feel like doing anything. He motivates me to get better. I chose not to use any meds and to conquer it just by beleiveing that I can. I know that I am stronger than the anxiety and its only in my head and to get over it. It helps so much and makes me feel better around my son so I can play with him without having an episode. But as I said just hang in there. It will all get better. Just takes time and the right levelers.
Well, my husband has had to be home all week.. I am physically not handling my symptoms at all... So, I am literally missing out on their lives and happiness. I need to get better first. They do motivate me, which is why I am going to start CBT and probably try a new med. I just helpless. I am constantly dizzy and feel like I'm going die. It's like being stuck in a panic attack. That's what I experience chronically.
Hmmm. I have the traditional panic attacks, but it's not like in between them I am totally fine. I am always having some kind of symptom or another. Everything that happens in between the well-defined attacks I just call anxiety.