You are not doomed, what you are experiencing can be remedied by therapy and depending how far along you are, medication can really help. As hard as it is to believe, I have experienced terrible attacks similar and worst to those than you mentioned. When it got to a point where it interfered with my daily living, I went to seek help. I am also a father, a grad student, and work full time; I was not going to let my anxiety get the best of me.
I hope everything works out well, and you make the appropriate decisions to better yourself.
Hello, I am concerned about the treatment I am receiving. I started taking anti anxiety/ depression medication at 18, I am now 21. I feel as if I should have never started. Almost as if it controls me instead of me being who I am. Throughout these years of psychotherapy I have learned other alternatives to coping with the attacks.For the most part the attacks have ceased, but one medication caused a side effect which led to another medication. Now I am frustrated and would like to get off all of these meds (4 in total). I was a Premed student, and purposely took courses in college to learn more about my conditions (ie; physiological basis of behavior). I understand that it is very difficult to ween off a drug, especially now that there may be a risk of a conditioned response to the drugs. Also, the doc should prescribe treatment bc he feels the pros outweight the cons, but I strongly feel in my current situation they do not. At the beginning of my treatment I understood it was necessary, since I did not know how to cope with the attacks, and they would run my life. Now I have evolved with my disorder so that I no longer fear it or the related situations. I have conditioned myself to coping with the seldom attacks in my own manor. I do not want to be so dependent on these drugs. Having a 1 year old daughter does increase stress, and that may be the reason he still has me on so many drugs. The stressful situations of parenthood might reawaken the attacks. Please advise with any input or advise.View Thread
As I was reading through some of the posts I felt as if my soul was lifted. At one point in time I thought I was the only one with these horrifying symtoms. Having anxiety and panic attacks is the worst thing in the world, indescribable. No one will understand what it is to have that terrifiying feeling, unless you experience it. I'm 21 years old, and currently a Physics major, and minor in Math and Psychology. I tried doing tons of research in search of a cure or an explanation as to why this happened to me. I was a nearly perfect young man, straight A's in school, played baseball, had a great family, and even worked really hard all throughtout highschool. It wasn't until the 11th grade when out of know were in the middle of a presentation my mind went blank, all I could think of doing was running out of the room. I couldn't speak, breath, or even collect my thoughts. At that point I did not know what was going on. Eventually I made it to college where things got worse, and I finally made a desicion to see a psychiatrist. Right away I was instructed to take several medications. It took some time along with trial and error to get the dossage right, but things got better. They went away, but then the side effects began. I had terrible mood swings, developed elavated levels of euphoria where I thought I knew all the answers to the world, had racing thoughts, and couldn't sleep. So as a counter to these side effects I was given a mood stabilizer, then SSRI, then another drug to help with nervousness. Now after 3 years in college and extensive research, I wish I could have had better alternatives or at least could have been suggested better alternatives than to just take these drugs. I hate feeling like a lab rat, not able to stop taking the medication. Even if I am weaned off of the drugs, there is a risk that the symtoms may return and if I get back on them I would probably need stronger dossages of them. I do not want to take these medications for the rest of my life. I go to therapy once a week, and I do not see any progress. Its not like a cold, or broken ancle that over a period of time through medicine and therapy will heal, this is an ongoing struggle. Does anyone have any ideas or alternatives that are out there?View Thread