Author Topic: Has anyone successfully eliminated panic disorder?  (Read 3038 times)

[Buddie]

Re: Has anyone successfully eliminated panic disorder?
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2010, 01:29:18 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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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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You really should give therapy a try, why not?! There are many therapists that do not push drugs on their patients, and in fact, really dislike benzos. CB Therapy is supposed to be amazing. I've read so many stories about it changing people's lives. My hurdle now is actually getting into therapy. I want to go, but my anxiety and panic makes it hard for me to actually do it.

If you do start therapy, let us know how it's working for you! Good luck.
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[Buddie]

Re: Has anyone successfully eliminated panic disorder?
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2010, 02:06:45 am »
Just called today to schedule my first appointment with a CBT psychologist. I'll start a new thread with the progress as soon as I go in.
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[Buddie]

Re: Has anyone successfully eliminated panic disorder?
« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2010, 02:59:38 am »
Just called today to schedule my first appointment with a CBT psychologist. I'll start a new thread with the progress as soon as I go in.

Wonderful news!!!! I hope it goes well for you! Can't wait to read about your experiences. Here's to you!  :thumbsup:
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[Buddie]

Re: Has anyone successfully eliminated panic disorder?
« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2010, 07:03:56 am »
I had panic attacks all the time on benzos but I find now I have had maybe 2 in 4 months a they were managable!  :thumbsup:
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[Buddie]

Re: Has anyone successfully eliminated panic disorder?
« Reply #14 on: August 27, 2010, 08:39:37 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.

[...].

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.

[...].

You really should give therapy a try, why not?! There are many therapists that do not push drugs on their patients, and in fact, really dislike benzos. CB Therapy is supposed to be amazing. I've read so many stories about it changing people's lives. My hurdle now is actually getting into therapy. I want to go, but my anxiety and panic makes it hard for me to actually do it.

If you do start therapy, let us know how it's working for you! Good luck.

I was seeing a therapist 30 mins from me until I couldn't travel that far anymore. She was ok I find, but it was like she didn't get the point of w/d.
I think it's best to wait after w/d to seek out therapy. She didn't push drugs, in fact she made fun of Psychiatry in her own way. Label me this and that..she was against labeling lol. Maybe 3 or 4 years when I'm healed she will still be around lol. Many therapists tell me my problem isn't psychological, more Neurological.. hard to explain, I have a checkered history with the medical staff and so on.

[...].
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[Buddie]

Re: Has anyone successfully eliminated panic disorder?
« Reply #15 on: September 03, 2010, 06:03:22 pm »
I dont have panic disorder, but lately having extreme panic attacks. One night it was so strong that I was shaking and my body cramped from head to toe. It was like an epileptic siezure. I was so frightened I called the emergency doctor. They came by and said I was having a panic attack. I couldnt believe all that was "just" a panic attack. They told me it begins with heavy breathing, so the first thing they did was put a plastic bag over my mouth and told me to try to breath as slooow as possible. I had to breath in the bag for about 15 minutes. I was eventually able to control breathing to slower, and surely then the symptoms in my body gradually disappeared until there were no headaches, tingling in legs and shaking.

P.S. This happened at 7 a.m. and they told me I was the third emergency call that night for panic attack.

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[Buddie]

Re: Has anyone successfully eliminated panic disorder?
« Reply #16 on: September 04, 2010, 10:11:28 am »
I dont have panic disorder, but lately having extreme panic attacks. One night it was so strong that I was shaking and my body cramped from head to toe. It was like an epileptic siezure. I was so frightened I called the emergency doctor. They came by and said I was having a panic attack. I couldnt believe all that was "just" a panic attack. They told me it begins with heavy breathing, so the first thing they did was put a plastic bag over my mouth and told me to try to breath as slooow as possible. I had to breath in the bag for about 15 minutes. I was eventually able to control breathing to slower, and surely then the symptoms in my body gradually disappeared until there were no headaches, tingling in legs and shaking.

P.S. This happened at 7 a.m. and they told me I was the third emergency call that night for panic attack.

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Ya, some of the panic attacks I have experienced felt like Epileptic Seizures; and I've had a few seizures. One Panic attack several years back.. It was like a surge of Electricity ran through my body, I almost dropped to the floor. I also felt electric shocks around my heart; it was unnerving. I went to the ER, of course then they gave me Ativan and checked everything, it was ok.
I hope these never come back, my Panic Attacks took on many faces.. and not a one of them I liked.

Be well,
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[Buddie]

Re: Has anyone successfully eliminated panic disorder?
« Reply #17 on: September 04, 2010, 12:03:10 pm »
I have to say since I've eliminated coffee I don't have panic type feelings anymore. I was drinking quite a bit of decaf but realized even that has a tiny bit of caffeine. I was originally put on Klonopin for panic attacks so am happy they are not rearing their ugly heads during w/d.

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[Buddie]

Re: Has anyone successfully eliminated panic disorder?
« Reply #18 on: September 04, 2010, 12:20:25 pm »
True [...], I had some very strong coffe today at a cafe and felt the nervousness coming on. I decided to stop that now and change to decaf. I dont need anything that going to reinforce this.

Elke

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[Buddie]

Re: Has anyone successfully eliminated panic disorder?
« Reply #19 on: September 09, 2010, 02:36:57 pm »
I get panic attacks where my teeth start chattering and I can't understand what people are saying and my thoughts start racing uncontrollably.  Don't think I've ever seized.  I went to all kinds of therapy and practiced cbt but basically it comes down to just breathing, telling the anxiety to go fuck itself and refusing to respond to it when it tells me to run out of the room screaming.
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