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Anxiety and panic attacks returned after long hiatus.

Hello. I'm new here and looking for some advice.
About 15 years ago I was diagnosed with GAD and panic disorder. I was prescribed anti-depressants and Xanax. Over the next 5-10 years I tried different anti-depressants that seemed to work for a while then didn't. So my doctor would try different ones. Anyway, long story short, I found a good job, a good girl, and everything seemed perfect. I stopped taking all meds except for an occasional Xanax for mild panic attacks.
Well I still have the good job and girl. But 2 weeks ago I had to make the hardest decision I've had to make in my life thus far and had to euthanize my best friend of 10 years, my dog Bronx. Ever since then my anxiety has been through the roof and I'm having the worst panic attacks I think I've ever had. I just can't stop thinking of that awful vet visit and how much it hurt to be there with him when he passed. My mother gave me a few Xanax since I just recently got new health insurance and haven't made it to the doctor yet. I guess my question is, what are some ways that can help me to stop dwelling on these thoughts and deal with the panicked feeling I seem to be feeling all day?
Category: Anxiety 5 years ago
Asked 5 years ago

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Stress can bring back symptoms you've had in the past, and losing a friend like this must be one of the most stressful. I was in a similar situation about a year ago when I had to have my dog put to sleep. I wish there was some magic words to make you feel better. It's only been 2 weeks and you spent 10 years with Bronx; it won't feel better right away. The fact that you were with him when he was euthanized was obviously painful for you, but was probably comforting for him. At some point in the future, you might want to share your home with another dog - not to replace Bronx, but to make a new friend. Obvioiusly, I don't have the answer, but if you ever want to vent, I'm here. Good luck!
Answered 5 years ago

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