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  • After a Panic Attack

    For those of you who, like me, experience panic attacks at least once a month, please help! I PROMISE this is not spam. I'm looking into helping those of us who suffer with panic attacks. I'm conducting research study as part of a course requirement for my clinical psychology PhD program at Alliant International University, Los Angeles. My study has been designed to assess anxiety, and the relationship between panic attacks and any residual/lingering symptoms or impairment immediately after the panic attack itself has abated (referred to as “post-attack symptoms”). It's like the fatigue, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, etc. that continues after the panic attack has ended. Nobody seems to have the answers for it, and I decided to look for the answers. I truly hope to bring about awareness of the fact that there is more to panic attacks than the attack itself...there are the lingering symptoms! Your participation is completely anonymous and confidential, and you could enter for a chance to win a $50 debit gift card! Please click on the link below to be directed to my survey. https://alliant.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7VyzYJNzkGVp80Z
  • Disconnect caused by medication?

    Has anyone experienced a disconnect from people because of Lexapro? I seem to have no compassion towards my loved ones since upping my medication. It has helped my panic attacks so much but now I feel like I am pushing away the ones I love. HELP!
  • Does anyone experience tetany during panic attacks?

    I have had agoraphobia and panic attacks since I was 4 or 5. I am 19 now. I struggled for a while last year when I couldn't even leave the house but got on Lexapro and was able to go to college far away and feel a lot better. I have had less panic attacks now that time has passed but today, while driving, I had a random panic attack that I think was triggered by caffeine and high heart rate. My lower chest has a ton of pressure, pins and needles consumed my body, and my hands and, for the first time, my face muscles contorted (pucker-like) and my eyes became squinty. I could not move. It was scary because I was driving and was basically immobile. I knew this wasn't a heart attack because I have had the pins and needles/hand muscle spasms before, due to lack of proper breathing from panic. I talked myself down a little and was able to get home. 2 hours have passed and I still am sore and a little numb. I am nervous because I am flying for the first time in a while to D.C from Los Angeles and I am terrified this will happen on the plane. Does anyone have a similar experience? What do you take on a plane to calm down? Do you have anything that helps you distract yourself? Thank you.
  • Explaining anxiety to your boss?

    I'm lucky because my boss is a really kind person, but it's difficult for me to explain how/why anxiety interferes with my work. E.g., I couldn't attend a work function because of my social anxiety and panic disorder, but since my boss doesn't have any experience with either issue, I'm not sure how to explain it in the right way. Last time, I simply said it was something I couldn't attend because of my anxiety, and it's something I'm continuing to work on. For anyone who has had a similar conversation with their boss (or a teacher) how did you approach it? Any advice you have is much appreciated!
  • Has anyone else felt Prozac loses its effectiveness after awhile? Unfortunately, I feel as though it is for me. If so, did you change to a different medication? What medication did you switch to?

  • If you suffer from anxiety and panic. Could you help me out do you think. I'd like to know what are the main issues or problems you struggle with? So for example: Don't know how to get over panic, can' get a quiet mind, Feel depressed everyday etc

    Hi Everyone This question has arisen because a few of the anxiety clients I work with can't see me on the phone or face to face because they find it to overwhelming. I can't bear to abandon them so I am thinking of creating a special membership site to help them and at least give them the option to PM me etc. So that's why I need your help. I really really want to help these people. A passion born out of my own long and troubled battle with depression/phobias/anxieties/suicide. Although those days were dark days on a personal level for me, they give me the drive to help educate and help people overcome their anxieties. So if you could spare a few minutes of your time and write down what are the main struggles you have with anxiety/panic then you'll not only be helping me but helping the world at large. And let's face it the world really needs help out there. So some things you might write down are: Don't know how to get over panic, Can't sleep at night/mind noisy, how do i..., why can't i... etc. Thank you and before you ask this isn't selling. Just fact finding:) Best wishes Shaan White
  • please help me

    I have not been able to leave my house for almost 6 months now. I cannot push myself to go. My parents have to force me in the car and I have only left a total of 3 times (all 3 times I was forced). Every time I get in the car to go somewhere, I get halfway down my street, start panicking and go home. I can't even get to the end of my neighborhood without panicking. I am tired of living like this. I am tired of feeling helpless and worthless. When I panic, I feel nauseous and its so incredibly uncomfortable. How do I get over this? Please help me. I am open to any and all advice.
  • Severe anxiety at work

    Hi guys, i joined this group because I feel hopeless. I have really bad anxiety. I was to the point where i had anxiety just driving. I feel like overtime it increased. I mainly feel it has come from work. As a cashier I've had to deal with a lot of busy less than nice people. (screaming, accusing, etc). When it gets busy i feel my anxiety begin and it's so hard to control it. If i am left alone for any period of time during work. I go haywire. Unable to calm, panic, sweaty hands, breathing hindered, heart palpitations, muscle tension, blushing (so horrible), dizzyness, twitching. I've been to the doctor and i was prescribed zoloft and xanax. Zoloft seemed to work a little, but i felt i had a knot in my throat from it. Xanax helped a lot, but the doctor was afraid of addiction. i was on .25 mg Then i was given buspar. All that did was make me really sleepy without any help- it actually made me worse. Finally i was given Cymbalta. I took if for about 3 weeks before i had given up. All of a sudden, one day i had become dissociated. Scariest feeling ever...but the anxiety was gone...literally gone. The dissociation came for about a week at a time. I'd just wake up feeling it one day and then boom i was "normal". this lasted for about 2 months. Then the dissociation never came back, and i was full of anxiety again. I took the advice from my doctor and decided to go to therapy. So far I have only been given breathing exercises that I don't feel are working for me. Also I was diagnosed with GAD and panic disorder. When I am forced to be alone at work I realized that if I drink alcohol (24 oz.). I am so calm and i don't have the crippling fear that keeps me down until it wears off.
    I'm looking for a new job, that doesn't deal with people much because I feel if i don't find something to help me get away. I'll become so messed up from the anxiety, that I'll go full crazy or something. I'm so hopeless right now and just want some help. I wish I didn't have this problem. Someone please help if you have any info.
  • Sudden panics after 2 yrs break

    I have a sudden panic that attacked me while driving one day, mouth dehydration, feeling down, gastric disorder, weaken muscles, breathing disorder, and since that time it happened to me 3 times while driving too in one week? I am on Lustral 50 mg per day and Inderal 10mg since 2 years 1 pill from each daily intake, I was very good before that with the medications but now I m always worried and self concerned with any disorder in my body and always anxious.......does my life affect, because I have no job for 2 yrs and i get to kids and short amount of money?
  • Tracking Panic Attacks?

    Does anyone else track their panic attacks? I've found that mine occur nearly on the nose every other Wednesday...I am the only one? I track and log all my smaller anxiety attacks as well (which are usually every few days), but the biggies are usually just every other Wednesday.
  • What are the symptoms of a panic disorder?

    I had panic attack a few days ago at club. My friends and i went to the club and in one point I got some deja vu in my mind. Like someone is fallowing me and do what ever I do. I started to panic. One of my friends helped me to come down. Could this be a start of panic attack?

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