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Re: Panic attacks

Re: Panic attacks

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Posted by Mike on August 11, 2000 at 00:53:16:

In Reply to: Re: Panic attacks posted by AnnMarie on August 01, 2000 at 16:01:25:

: : I was diagnosed with panic attacks over four years ago. I took Xanax and am now on Klonopin Unfortunately, this seems like a problem that will never go away. I go crazy if I am stuck in traffic or have a feeling that I can't escape. Large crowds also adversely affect me. Has anyone ever "recovered" from these attacks or can offer any suggestions? I am tired of living like this (Paxil and Serzone do not help-they only make me more edgy!!). Any help would be greatly appreciated!

: I also have Panic Disorder I know what you are going through I have been through every epsiode you speak of. I am currently taking xanax just at bedtime and elivil 10mg at bedtime. I have been through relaxation classes, panic classes and therapists. The only think that helped me was to remind myself when i start to panic or when I feel those feelings coming on that it is just a panic attack and it won't hurt me. Keep repeating that to yourself and focus on something other than your symptoms and you should start to relax. I know it is not easy and it took me years to try this but it does help. I am not totally free from panic attacks because I think that it is a chemical imbalance. I do hope someday that they find the right medicine to correct this imbalance in the brain so I can be free of them. I hope I helped you in someway if you want to ask me anymore questions feel free.

Have either of you tried doing specific breathing exercises? I'm speaking of the techniques (very simple to learn) proposed by Dr. Herbert Benson. You may wish to go to a Public Library and look for his books on panic attacks and his breathing techniques. Also, some of the newer medications may work better for you than the older ones. Remeron works particularly well for anxiety. Zoloft may work well also. There may be better choices as far as the medicine goes, but this might be a start.

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