Hi everyone. I'm new to this board but not new to this disorder. I have dealt with it for 15 years. I have been able to live happily...got married, had two children, held a job, but now I am having a really bad time. I always thought that antidepressants would help if I needed them but now I'm not so sure. After reading a lot of posts, it looks like they do not work for everyone. That scares me to death. I have been on 30mg of Prozac for two months and it does not stop my panic. Maybe nothing will work for me either. I have coping skills but it still doesn't help my peace of mind. Does that scare anyone else? That nothing will work? I can't stop panicking at the thought. I am VERY depressed over this. I have benzo's but know I can't take them all the time.
I too get scared nothing will work. I also take klonopin (a benzo) and to be honest, I don't even care about becoming dependent on it right now. I just want to feel good while I'm around. That's my attitude lately about it. If it helps, take it. Deal with other stuff as it comes. So if a benzo helps you, go on it regularly. My doc had no problems giving it out to me on a regular basis. He can wean me off of it later, if needed.
Hopefully she tried cbt and it is helping her now. I have seen lots of people stop posting when they feel better so I take an optimistic view when I no longer see people posting any longer, but wish more would come back and share their success stories to encourage others.
As crazy as this may sound, I have found The Tapping Technique very helpful, you can find a few books on it online. Iíve had panic attacks for 8 years. I have only been doing the tapping for a while now. All I know that it helps calm me down a lot. Iíll go from panic to almost calm after a few minutes of tapping. Might as well give it a try.