I had my first panic attack when I was seven or eight and have had plenty since, so I know how they feel. I've never been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder (I truly don't have one) besides mildly moderate social anxiety. Haven't needed any medications for it, so I can't help you there. I can say that I don't agree with using drugs like weed, but that's simply my opinion. Trying more herbal remedies and watching what you eat, like Nath said, is probably worth a try if you want to not do pharmacutical drugs. But please, don't resist taking medicine if you need it.
Anyway... Yeah, after a while I've just learned how to deal with panic attacks. They still come around, but I can cope (stave off) with about 85% of them. Don't stress yourself with thoughts like, "I should be doing this!" My mom and I have a motto: "Do what you have to do; you can curl up in a closet afterwards." It's far different with an actual disorder, I'm sure, but it works for us.
Hang in there!
01-11-2011, 08:04 PM
I'm on Lexapro for GA (generalized anxiety disorder). I'm note ADD or anything like that, but I'm possible OC as well. I've been on it since the 3 of December. They say it takes a month to feel any affect, being in my sixth week and have noticed a moderate improvement but still do experience paranoia induced by anxiety. Its not a bad drug but it isn't the mirical drug for me that some have said for them.
I have been with a therapist for a three months. It sucks having to deal with this stuff but hopefully it won't have to be something to deal with the rest of my life.
01-11-2011, 08:56 PM
I was diagnosed with panic disorder when I was younger. Meds did not work for me personally, but a combo of exercise and CBT pretty much saved me. I went from daily attacks to maybe one or two a year. Anxiety really sucks, but it can be managed...you just have to find what works for you.
I remember having a massive panic attack during an exam for my undergrad. I ran out of the room and started sobbing in the hall. I was mostly crying because I was so exhausted having to be so horribly tense and worried all of the time and feeling like I had to hide it too. I did not think people would understand. Hell, I didn’t even really understand what was happening to me. Anyway, I had to tell the prof (who was completely cool with it), and many of the other students in the class later said they’d felt similar at various times. Anxiety disorders are so common…but because of the stigma surrounding any mental illness we have the added anxiety of trying to appear like nothing is wrong (or at least that’s how I felt). I spent two years of my life having daily attacks and trying to hide it. It was pure hell.
..anyway the point is you aren’t alone and that there are some very effective treatments for anxiety out there… This was always my favorite Camus quote: “Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal”. I actually think that it should be something like “nobody realizes that most other people are expending tremendous energy trying to appear normal too”. ..although it doesn’t sound as cool.
I really wish you the best. Five years ago if you had told me I would be panic attack free I would not have believed you. There is hope. :wink:
01-11-2011, 11:33 PM
I had my first panic attack about 4 months ago; and had them chronically(4+ times a day) for about 2 months. now i have them once a week at the worst. I thought i was going insane or going schizophrenic which spiraled me out of control even more. they put me on lexapro and clonopine of which i try not to take to often. My trick getting over anxiety has been flooding all of my loose thoughts and energy into other outlets such as climbing, hiking, and (the most effictive) yoga. harness that bottled up creative energy and dont let yourself sit around. make yourself do productive things; and dont give yourself to much worthless freetime. learn a skill or take up a hobby; honestly im glad it all happened as it has made me do things i never would have done normally. glass is half full outlook works i suppose!:tongue:
01-11-2011, 11:50 PM
i've been reading a book called "overcoming anxiety" by helen kennerley that has helped quite a bit, especially after experiencing the worst anxiety-ridden month of my life not too long ago. check it out, you can probably find it at your local bookstore. =) i suggest not taking prescribed meds unless you've done research & are absolutely positive it's the route you wanna take.
01-12-2011, 12:28 AM
ok, at first counseling is hella awkward, but if you have an ok person as your counselor they'll get easier to talk to. i take ten milligrams of celexa for anxiety. it helped an assload. i still get nervous but the reaction has gone away for the most part. and for the adhd i forget the name of the meds ... ):
01-12-2011, 02:52 AM
Swear off caffeine, shit's exacerbates both conditions.
01-12-2011, 03:21 AM
I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder and a wealth of other issues. Anti-depressants don't particularly work well with me, but they can help a lot of people and I think they're worth trying if they are suggested to you by a professional. I will say, though, that you should try to stay away from medication specifically intended for short-term use, like benzodiazepines.
The first time I took an Ativan, it was because I was feeling incredibly anxious. As I had more and more anxiety attacks, I became physically and psychologically dependent on it, and it's had a significant effect on my ability to process things in the way I used to. I'm currently looking into treatment for that. Long-term use also exacerbates some of the problems, so I really wouldn't suggest using anything like that. It can be helpful, but only for short-term use. And sometimes the line between short-term and long-term become incredibly blurred.
I also agree with
@Baby Blue about cognitive behavioral therapy. It's probably one of the best options out there for anxiety treatment.
@Nath 's suggestions of natural supplements are also something that can be very, very helpful.
I hope you find a way to manage it, without sacrificing your feelings and ability to perform. I wish you the best with it all.
01-12-2011, 03:36 AM
Yeah... social anxiety, ocd, panic attacks, depression, fear of everything. Never got any diagnose tho.
It is not hard to cope with those problems, just dont drink coffee (coffeine) drink green tea (L-theahine) eat omega 3, carnosin, valerian when u go to sleep. Propral seems to be effective, my sister use it.
Avoid things what makes u anxious or inscrease panic. Start medication, do joga or something, it really helps. Dont keep anxiety inside of u, tell about ur feelings to somebody who understand, start painting/ write a song where u release that anxiety inside of u.
Easy and remember: life is beautiful ;)
01-12-2011, 06:20 AM
I just don't like how doctors can quickly soft diagnose something like this based on what you say alone, without much actual physical testing of every kind. I have a family member who was put on massive anti-depressants and his doctor never ever even checked vitamin D levels, B levels, hormone tests, heavy metal tests or omega fat testing etc. He didn't assess diet at all or even check for any underlying conditions. They just quickly diagnose it based on what you say and are ready to give you a drug. They don't look for system wide imbalances, they just look at specific issues and are quick to throw you on a drug for it. I highly suggest finding a doctor who will at least do every kind of diagnostic test possible to see if anything is contributing and making it worse.
Maybe our type is prone to depression and anxiety, but I'm convinced that diet and underlying imbalances can make it way worse. Our bodies aren't designed to consume diet colas with artificial sweeteners, massive amounts of coffee and stimulant drinks, inflammatory corn sugars, hydrogenated fats, msg, not to mention all of the other weird unnatural preservatives, pesticides on anything and even hormone injection and antibiotic treated meats. Everything around us is unnatural and toxic, maybe at a small enough level that the FDA deems it safe, but in all reality they only say that because there aren't acute reactions. Maybe medicine has improved in the last century, but our toxic and unnatural substance exposure has definitely increased along with it. Maybe people are living longer now and maybe our health care as increased, but it doesn't mean all modern advances in other industries are good. It doesn't mean that doctors should put someone on a drug right away before looking at alternatives or underlying causes, that's just the easy solution for them because things get way more complicated when you start looking at system wide imbalances and sensitivities. At least that's what my (actually smart) doctor tells me.
Anxiety/depression based on our emotions is one thing but when it gets to the point where youre feeling bad for no reason I think it's really important to check and see if everything else is fine under the hood and to start paying more attention to all of the toxic junk we put in our bodies. Dont trust the FDA, they don't go far enough or do a good enough job. They probably want to protect the industries that sell the toxic junk to us instead of really protecting people from harm. We live in a society that is quick to soft diagnose any condition and treat quickly with a drug. We as a society don't value nutrition and we don't pay enough attention to the junk we consume. Just because the damage is so gradual that you'd never notice it and it would be harm to pinpoint the cause of, it doesn't mean that all that junk isn't throwing people off and hurting them over a long period of time.
I've seen people completely change things around just by changing their diet, adding nutritional and food supplements, becoming health conscious, without the need for drugs or herbal medicines which just band-aid many problems. Drugs are life saving for most health conditions but when it comes to depression, ADHD, and anxiety, the underlying contributors and alternative treatments should be considered first. If your doctor doesn't care then he is either stupid, lazy, or ignorant and it's time to find a better one. As soon as I realized that and found a good doctor I started seeing big changes in my life.
I need to get the name of the North American organization my doctor belongs to. I highly recommend anyone here going to one of these doctors who go above and beyond their medical training and engage in their own research into things that are only beginning to be taught in some leading edge medical schools.