Patient Comments: Panic Attacks - Effective Treatments

What kinds of treatments have been effective for your panic attacks?

Comment from: foxgurrrlie21, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I am 24 years old and I'm a single mom to 2 special needs children. I have very high anxiety but it's been most recent that I've been having panic attacks. They are so scary for me. They come without warning and it feels like I'm going to die, as soon as i start having one, I go lay down put my feet up and breathe in through my nose and exhale through my mouth. My 7 year old son is so scared that I'm going to die, I tell him no it's just a reminder mommy is doing too much. He doesn't understand though. I used to have them far and few between every couple of months, but most recently I have them maybe 3-4 times a week. Sometimes I have more then one in the same day. All I can say is that its super scary.

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Comment from: lindsey0131, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

Only psychotherapy and Xanax have helped with my panic attacks. I have been on nearly all SSRIs and TCAs over the past eight years to no avail.

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Published: August 29

I suffered my first panic attack after my sister died. After talking to friends and family about what was happening, they said they thought I was having panic attacks. I then read books and got a lot of information about the condition. Once I had this information, I felt empowered to fight it. I eventually learned to take control of the panic attack and not let it take control of me. I would try to breathe it out. I would focus on something other than the attack. Although this sounds easy, it was very difficult, but I was determined not to live my life this way. I have never had medication for it. After 10 years, I am finding that my attacks are under control, but if I am in a situation where I am not in control, like going on a plane, I am scared that I will have a panic attack. So I have been to a doctor who has given me Ativan to take when I am in this situation of feeling out of control. So I have yet to try it out, and I hope it works, or that I may not even need it, because I will not let this rule my life.

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Comment from: Softie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 29

I have suffered from panic attacks since I was 6. I am 35 now. I do not take any medications for them as I have tried so many, and well, they just make me worse. I am writing a book on how to deal with them without medications. I could not talk to people and everything scared me. Now, I work full-time as an accounts payable clerk. I have traveled all over Australia and have a son. Panic attacks have ruined relationships, and I get into bouts of depression. However, through my own self monitoring, I can deal with them. I live a fairly normal life and do not let my panic attacks get in the way of what I want to do. Don't let them control you, you can control them.

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Comment from: katieson, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

This is my second time around with panic attacks, and I am so angry that it's reared its ugly head again. This time, I refused to allow it to cripple me, so I am on Effexor. I've been on it for six weeks now and it's going OK. I was literally terrified of taking medication, but I can't go back to the old, crippled version of me. Now, I take the pills religiously. It's hard to accept that I have little control over this. I will manage it this time, I did before, and I am taking solace in the fact that it went away before. I did try some cognitive behavioral therapy 12 years ago, but the counselor was useless and had no understanding of the disorder. I hope the one I am planning to use this time is more experienced.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I have that Ativan works well for my panic attacks. I was diagnosed with panic disorder, anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and bipolar 1 disorder. I know what it is like to experience these frightening feelings, and my heart goes out to those that also experience that.

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Published: July 15

I am 45 years old and began having panic attacks two years ago after the unexpected death of friend from a major heart attack. In the beginning, I took Ativan/Lorazepam. I also started a strict diet and exercise program. I completely cut out all caffeine. I also stopped drinking sodas and switched my diet to one that was rich in fish, chicken, vegetables and whole grains. Over a one-year period, I lost 35 pounds and did not need to take my medication at all. Last year, I fell off the bandwagon and began consuming red meats, fried foods, etc. I also slacked off on the exercise and gained 15 pounds. Now the anxiety has started again. I've just begun my new/old routine again and hope it works the second time around and pray for the discipline to stick with it.

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