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[Buddie]

Has anyone successfully eliminated panic disorder?
« on: August 25, 2010, 03:09:52 am »
Hey fellow buddies. Need some words of hope here cause my panic disorder symptoms came back this afternoon. Has anyone been diagnosed with panic disorder and successfully healed completely? I'm having one of those blah evenings where I feel like curling up in a ball and hiding. This was one of the reasons I went on benzos in the first place alfor 3 months and now that I'm off of them I was secretly hoping the original condition would be gone (yeap I know I'm a dummy). Good news is I had a great 2 days before this.
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[Buddie]

Re: Has anyone successfully eliminated panic disorder?
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2010, 02:34:01 pm »
It takes a long time to heal from benzo's, so until that happens, you can't make the determination that your original problem has returned.  I've found many, including myself who suffer so much from the benzo's that the pre-condition is nothing compared to it and life is good. 

If you had two good days, then what you're feeling now is definitely benzo withdrawal, not your original issue, just give yourself more time to heal.
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[Buddie]

Re: Has anyone successfully eliminated panic disorder?
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2010, 03:53:52 pm »
Thanks, its just so difficult especially with panic disorder to know what is withdrawal and what is my original condition. To be honest my original attack that lead to panic disorder was only 3 months ago and already I don't remember how i felt between the original attack and my first pill of benzo so its hard to judge if I'm getting better or not. I would of gone crazy if it wasn't for all of you.
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[Buddie]

Re: Has anyone successfully eliminated panic disorder?
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2010, 06:45:20 pm »
That was my biggest fear with stopping the Klonopin use.....Damn panic attacks. I am really suprised that there has almost only been 1 so far and deep breathing got me through it. I still feel anxiety at times that I really don't need, but it is so much better since I quit the meds. I know that forgettng my meds in the past would put me in panic mode. Lucky I found a great shrink last year and his focus was to work with me to get off the meds. The sessions were emotionally painfull at times and we worked on the underlying why for the panic. Be strong and remember that you can beat this, I promise you that.
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[Buddie]

Re: Has anyone successfully eliminated panic disorder?
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2010, 12:16:02 am »
Hey fellow buddies. Need some words of hope here cause my panic disorder symptoms came back this afternoon. Has anyone been diagnosed with panic disorder and successfully healed completely?

Yes, well at least no panic attacks for 7 months now. and believe me, I had them bad.  It took awhile, plus getting off benzos. The last severe one I had was during my taper in December 09.
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[Buddie]

Re: Has anyone successfully eliminated panic disorder?
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2010, 12:32:15 am »
Hey fellow buddies. Need some words of hope here cause my panic disorder symptoms came back this afternoon. Has anyone been diagnosed with panic disorder and successfully healed completely?

Yes, well at least no panic attacks for 7 months now. and believe me, I had them bad.  It took awhile, plus getting off benzos. The last severe one I had was during my taper in December 09.

Thanks man. Quick question. Were you originally on the K for panic attacks?
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[Buddie]

Re: Has anyone successfully eliminated panic disorder?
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2010, 02:00:27 am »
Hey fellow buddies. Need some words of hope here cause my panic disorder symptoms came back this afternoon. Has anyone been diagnosed with panic disorder and successfully healed completely?

Yes, well at least no panic attacks for 7 months now. and believe me, I had them bad.  It took awhile, plus getting off benzos. The last severe one I had was during my taper in December 09.

Thanks man. Quick question. Were you originally on the K for panic attacks?

Yes, My story began with lyme disease. Here is a copy/paste of the symptom I had bolded out:

Cardiac symptoms Inflammation of the heart occurs in 8 percent or less of adults with untreated Lyme disease. This inflammation may interfere with the normal conduction of electrical impulses through the heart, causing a condition called atrioventricular block or heart block. Heart block can cause a slower than normal heart rate, lightheadedness and fainting, or may cause no symptoms at all.

I frequently visited the ER after I was cured of lyme, panicking  I was having symptoms, heart failure. This went on for a long time.. atleast twice a month (at the hospital full blown panic) until I began taking klono to keep me out of the hospital. My doctor felt I was wasting insurance money, going to the ER and I should just take klono and live a anxiety free life. 1mg three times a day     :D
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[Buddie]

Re: Has anyone successfully eliminated panic disorder?
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2010, 08:06:34 am »
I have had panic and anxiety for years now; and it's getting frustrating  :pokey:
I just lay down and go with it, what else can one do?
There are always breathing techniques and so on, but I find when I had anxiety and panic before any Benzo use, when I tried the breathing technique..I would hyperventilate at times.
Is a mystery to me.

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[Buddie]

Re: Has anyone successfully eliminated panic disorder?
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2010, 08:50:35 pm »
I have had panic and anxiety for years now; and it's getting frustrating  :pokey:
I just lay down and go with it, what else can one do?
There are always breathing techniques and so on, but I find when I had anxiety and panic before any Benzo use, when I tried the breathing technique..I would hyperventilate at times.
Is a mystery to me.

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I've also been suffering anxiety and panic for years. When I was given Ativan - it was wonderful for me. I'm not gonna lie! But once I read more about the drug, I decided to get off of it. I feel my panic attacks coming back and I hate it - but I've promised myself not to take more Ativan.

I'm going to start therapy soon. I've read that cognitive behavioral therapy works quite well for panic.
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[Buddie]

Re: Has anyone successfully eliminated panic disorder?
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2010, 10:56:48 pm »
I have had panic and anxiety for years now; and it's getting frustrating  :pokey:
I just lay down and go with it, what else can one do?
There are always breathing techniques and so on, but I find when I had anxiety and panic before any Benzo use, when I tried the breathing technique..I would hyperventilate at times.
Is a mystery to me.

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I've also been suffering anxiety and panic for years. When I was given Ativan - it was wonderful for me. I'm not gonna lie! But once I read more about the drug, I decided to get off of it. I feel my panic attacks coming back and I hate it - but I've promised myself not to take more Ativan.

I'm going to start therapy soon. I've read that cognitive behavioral therapy works quite well for panic.

I admit when I first started Klonopin, I thought it was a Godsend and it killed the anxiety and panic until I built a tolerance.
As much as I hate Klonopin, and I do..it works, but for a short while, same as all Benzodiazpoisons.
You made the right choice by getting off it  :thumbsup:
I started out on Ativan 2mg a day but I took more than that, I couldn't tell you how many I took, it was a lot.
I thought about a therapist myself.

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