I'm a 32 year old female that has been relatively active most of my life up until the last 5 years. Since 9/11/2001 I've experienced panic attacks. They didn't come as frequently, but once in awhile I'd get one and think I was going to die, so I'd rush myself to the emergency room only for them to shoot me up with Ativan and send me home. Recently the panic attacks have been happening every day. I try to think of any serious recent changes of my life, but there is nothing stressful really happening. I find my anxiety comes when I allow myself to become physically aware of the present moment. It usually starts with, I feel like I'm not breathing correctly, then it spins out of control where every sensation in my body is causing me to panic. I do have a history of Hypothyroidism and Hypertension which I do take Synthroid 150mcg for the thyroid issue and 40mg/12.5 of Benicar HCT for the high blood pressure. Both seem to be in order. I've had my heart checked EKG, ECG and Stress - my heart is fine. I've been diagnosed with prediabetes which I believe is under control now.
I have never taken any anxiety or anti-depressant medicine because I do not like the idea of something having the potential to alter my state of mind in such a way as to make the situation worse. Suicidal thoughts, acting different and being more aggressive aren't options for me. I went to a recent psychiatrist that prescribed me Prozac 10mg and wants to increase the dosage gradually to 80mg and seemed to be more concerned that it would help me reduce my weight instead of helping me with anxiety. I have lost about 40 lbs because of the panic attacks and at one point being so afraid to eat anything but salad because of the hot flashes I would experience when I would eat.
Right now, I take Hyland's Calms Forte. I take three a day and usually only take them when I feel the anxiety coming on or if I know I'll be put in a situation where I will have anxiety such as being in a car, taking the bus or train or being left alone in the house. I've tried deep breathing exercises and meditation but sometimes even these things cause more panic than relief. Is there anything I should be asking my doctor or any natural remedies that could help me? Or any therapies I should be considering to help with this intense disorder? The panic isn't new to me but the frequency is and I'm just not sure what to do anymore. I've researched pills to death and even that causes some form of anxiety. I'm also starting to develop new symptoms such as sensitive hearing and wanting the "world to shut up". Please offer some advice...View Thread