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Panic Disorders board


Thanks, Jules! I'm glad that you not only have the Ativan to help you, but also Lexapro! Yeah, tried Lexapro- didn't help! ;) I've been on Zoloft on-and-off for three years now, and my last day to take it is this Saturday, when I'll only be on my new med- Prozac. Funnily enough, even though the SSRI's are used to treat Generalized Anxiety Disorder and panic attacks, they have never once helped me for the panic! :rolleyes: Seriously- only works to lessen the amount of obsessions I get, but each and every day, I can expect a panic attacks in some form! Today, I think the total count was 3, all at different times: when I woke up until class at 9:00; going to my Freshman Seminar at 1:30 (break between 12-1:30, so I had time to worry about not completing some stupid assignment that isn't due until Friday), and I think I had a minor one going on the computer- nervous because of writing on here after being gone for awhile. Talk about stupid reasons! :D Write back soon! :angel:
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Hi Gatsbyluvr, That is an interesting name. How did u come up with that? Anyways u r a student or teacher? Either one can be stressful and make panic worse I bet. So u r going on Prozac. I heard that it is a great one to take for alot of people. I think Lexapro is kinda in that same kind of group of SSRI. Good luck with it and let us know how it does for you. I didn't get to take my trip out of town yesterday because my daughter was ill and I didn't feel that great myself so I guess I will attempt it another day. I have not been out of this town in over 2 years! Take care Jules :wave:
Hey, Jules! Thanks for the compliment on my name! :D Basically, it's not really that clever of a name- my favorite book is The Great Gatsby, so I'm a "GatsbyLuvr", and since Gatsby and it's author, the masterful F. Scott Fitzgerald, defined the Jazz Age, that's why I added the "1920", despite the novel being written in 1925. ;) Anyway, no, I'm not a teacher; I'm a college freshman this year. I just finished taking the Zoloft yesterday, so now I'm completely on Prozac, and yesterday besides stopping the Zoloft, I increased from 20 to 40 mg of Prozac. Actually, Lexapro didn't help me whatsoever. It made my OCD worse AND made me feel depressed, even though I don't have depression! :rolleyes: It does help my mom a lot though, but she just has depression, so that's probably why. The only medicine that I've found so far that helps for my panic attacks is Klonopin, which I took for the first time last Monday when I had to go to the dentist, my biggest fear. Of course, since it's a benzo and is addictive, I don't plan on taking it more than absolutely necessary, but it's nice to know that I have something that works if I get really bad! Yeah! :bouncing: I'll keep you posted on whether or not the Prozac works for my OCD- I highly doubt that it will do anything for my panic attacks, if Zoloft and Lexapro didn't. Thanks for being so concerned about me! You're right- being a student does make panic worse, but believe me, it doesn't really do that much of a difference in me, considering that I've suffered from panic attacks since age three, long before I was ever in school, and I get a lot for no reason (like right now, for instance) related to school. I hope you're doing well! Write back soon! :angel:
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Hi GBLVR, I shortened it because tis so long...U r obviously a pretty emotionally deep person or you wouldn't feel the things u do, which is ok because there r so many people that just don't give a crap about anything or anybody anymore. I really think this is why some of us have panic attacks-it's the people who r more sensitive and have feelings and care about what people think or even very intellegent individuals. I think those of us who suffers from panic disorders are actually the the good ones in life not that those who don't aren't but maybe part of our brains just have this little disfunct area that we really can not help it! (Just trying to therorize). (sp?) This is all I can say tonite on this subject-my kids r driving me crazy but not to a panic (ha ha) Hope all is well with school and daily living! How is the prozac going? Jules :angel:
Thanks, jules! (Oh, and feel free to shorten my name, or just call me, "Gatsby", because I realize it's lengthy! ;) ) I totally agree- everyone who has an anxiety disorder is, in my opinion, intelligent and overly sensitive. I do feel things very strongly- too strongly at times. I care too much about what other people will think or if I've hurt their feelings. I know this is partially my problem. I haven't noticed a change (good or bad) with the Prozac yet; either it's still too early or it won't work! :D Talk to you soon, and I hope you're doing well! :angel:
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Hey, mjewell! Thanks for being so concerned. Actually, I've had severe anxiety ever since age 3 and OCD, too, so I don't attribute it to college- it's just another day, unfortunately...Really, the only added stress of college is having to deal with my ever-present, immature, self-absorbed roommate- I need my freakin' space! And there she is! :mad: But, the way I felt today (minus the annoyance she caused) was the same as I've had last year and in tenth grade, both when my OCD came back and was bad again. When I get like this, it's almost like I were severly depressed if you didin't know it- I literally can't get out of bed because I'm paralyzed with fear; I just want to stay in bed, huddled in a fetal position because my muscles are sooo tense and shaking, and cover my head with my blanket and face the wall and sleep so I can block out all of the anxiety-producing stimuli around me. I have mini-breakdowns, like today, where I just sob upset- again, it's not a "down" feeling, but disappointment, shame, guilt, and worry about school and because I think that I'm stupid and that I'm going to fail. Again, though, I've dealt with this for years, so it's nothing that's been brought on by college. Zoloft did help me for a year, after I started it; I haven't noticed any difference on the Prozac. The Klonopin helped my SEVERE anxiety/panic attack that I get when I go to the dentist- took it for the first time last Monday when I went to the dentist, and my worry went from the worst it ever gets to just a normal, everyday panic attack. The CBT helps somewhat, but not as much as it would help some OCD-ers because I'm a pure obsessional, and I have only mental compulsions and more bizarre obsessions (blasphemous thoughts are much more illogical and hard to treat than, say, a fear of germs). I hope something works; I've been having panic attacks all day, and that, combined with my disruptive, squealing, juvenile roommate and my obsessions, just distract me from reading or doing work...Write back soon! :angel:
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