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Old 11-05-2017, 07:54 PM   #1
Rory620
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Panic attacks every day

Hello all. I am new to this forum. I have suffered from panic disorder since childhood. The situation which led me to this disease was the fact that my mother had a terminal illness. She eventually passes away when I was 13. Current age is 47. Anyway, my panic seemed to have lessened greatly over the years , not presenting much of a problem. Here and there I would get panic attack episodes which lasted for a few months. However, in the last year and a half, I have been suffering from panic attacks on a daily basis. I have had and still have ALL of the physical symptoms that are related to panic. They do not all rear themselves at one time, but I can be sure that in a week, my symptom Lois is quite extensive and varied. I have escorted to,taking .25 mgs of Klonapin at night. I sweat out the pain in attacks during the day for the most part using deep breathing which works 50% f the time. The rest of the time, I basically feel like I a, sure to die of suffocation, an aneurysm, a heart attach, stroke, fainting g spell, dizziness, nausea, feelings of unreality, shooting pains in my head, waves of heat or cold, tingling in extremeties, etc. I think I've covered all my symptoms. I experience all these symptoms, just not at the same time. It basically sucks, and I'm sick of living this way. I do reiki to try to help the situation, go to a therapist, try to cognitively control my thoughts and catastrophizing, etc. what else can I do except take klonapin on a regular basis which I do not want to become addicted to. HELP.

 
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Old 11-20-2017, 09:17 PM   #2
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Hi Rory,
Hope you're hanging in there okay... I know what it's like to feel how you do, have you been able to see a therapist? Sometimes being able to articulate your thoughts and fears can be a huge relief! I too go through panic and anxiety, comes and goes, recently it's been ramped up (I'm in school) and it's very frustrating. When it gets really bad I also take klonopin just to take the edge off and sometimes that really helps. I hope you are able to see someone soon! Good luck! ��

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Old 02-23-2018, 12:29 PM   #3
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Re: Panic attacks every day

Hi Rory,

I managed to lessen the severity of my Panic Disorder greatly,without medication, but it took a few weeks of hell and a lot of effort. My first recommendation would be CBT. I know you mentioned you're using some of the techniques but do you have a CBT therapist? I found all other forms of therapy didn't work for me. I also made huge lifestyle changes. No matter how awful I felt, I ran for thirty minutes every morning (Thinking I would pass out, die all the whole way through it). By two weeks I was reaping the mental benefits of exercise and also conquering agoraphobia.

I find exercise so so so beneficial for anxiety. I cut out alcohol, caffeine , ate a plant-based healthy diet and made sure I got eight hours sleep every night. The thing that really changed my situation for the better was exposure therapy. I put myself in the situations I felt most anxious in, felt the overwhelming anxiety/panic on numerous occasions until my body learned not to fear the situation/place. My therapist also induced panic attacks in some of our sessions with my permission of course, and that without doubt was the most frightening but life changing thing for me.

My family and close friends also know about my Panic Disorder, and having that support system is crucial for me to managing it. The thought of hiding it from them always made my anxiety much worse. I know not everyone is as accepting but if you find yourself with 3/4 people to call on it makes the world of difference. I also used anxiety helplines to talk me out of panic attacks when I was alone. Hope this helps and I hope you feel better soon. This route definitely does take a couple of months and is by no means a quick fix, but the relief and peace of mind at the end is worth it.

 
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