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sandyf 04-21-2007 09:11 PM

Living with panic disorder
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 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.


terry111 04-22-2007 02:28 AM

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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.

j2006 04-23-2007 03:49 AM

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I would talk to your doctor about switching meds. If you have been on it for 2 months at 30mg then switching would be my next step.

Aileen7 04-23-2007 04:32 PM

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I would try some form of therapy along with meds even if it is not cbt just so you can learn coping skills to go along with the boost that meds give you.

sandyf 04-23-2007 06:24 PM

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Aileen-What is tea form excersise? I have never heard of it? How do I find a book on it?

Aileen7 07-13-2007 06:05 PM

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Sandy I hope you saw my last reply and are making progress now:angel:

shorebird 08-06-2007 01:12 PM

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The tea forms work great but you have to do work on them nearly everyday especially early on to the the benefits.

Aileen7 08-16-2007 02:50 PM

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Sandy I hope you come back and I apologize again for being so late with my other reply:(

shorebird 08-27-2007 08:11 PM

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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.

m_i_c_h_e_l_l_e 09-01-2007 08:23 PM

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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.

shorebird 09-13-2007 04:28 PM

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If the tapping technique works for you keep doing it. There's no arguing with success :)

Aileen7 11-30-2007 02:57 PM

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I agree if the tapping technique is working keep doing it. Everyone is different and some things work for one when they don't for another.
Sandy I hope you are well?

shorebird 01-11-2008 02:28 PM

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My new years resolution is to keep encouraging people to work on their anxiety and panic until t is gone whether it is through cbt, the tapping technique or some other form of therapy and-or meds!

Aileen7 01-28-2008 01:40 PM

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Great new years resolution. I'm here to help in anyway I can too. I'm Panic free now, my anxiety is under control and life is good :D

shorebird 03-06-2008 09:43 AM

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Thanks and the more the merrier:cool:

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