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Hi! You know, to give you the best answer, I think I should ask you a few questions first that will help define the problem and the situation.
Josh, You are taking a heavy duty course of meds. The only ones not on your list are either Ativan or Xanax that are often prescribed. I have a feeling it is because the addictive potential for those two meds is so high that with your long term panic disorder, if you got help from one of them, you'd be trading in one problem for a worse problem.
So my question is: given that you are trying standard pharmacological treatment and it's not working, are you interested in behavioral treatment? That would be psychotherapy.
How long have you had these symptoms?
Was there trauma or abuse in your childhood? What about alcohol or dysfunction in your family when you were growing up?
Are you getting any therapy treatment right now? If so, what type? How is it going?
If not, when was the last treatment? What type of treatment was it? Was it helpful?
Any extra information that will help, feel free to share.
=No alcohol or drug related problems or trauma. My mother has a panic disorder. Mine started about 2 yrs ago. Nothing happened just out of the blue came on me. I started to have chest pain and I thought I was having a heart attack. I work 6 days a week as a coal miner and I don't have time behaviroal treatment. I have tried xanax but I no longer take them because I have found some improvement with the other medication that I am on but I still need help. I have tried talking to a therapist but he said he didn't know where the problem was coming from.
Hello there and thanks for asking JA. I think you may not find a reason why you have panic attacks because in your case it is inhereted. Usually panic attacks are symptoms of an anxiety disorder. I would like to ask if there a certain situation that triggers those attacks. Can you tell me a bit about the last time you had one where you were and what were you doing? To reduce your panic attacks keep a journal of when they happen what were your thoughts just before you had one. Usually you can feel the anxiety building in your body. Anxiety is characterized by excessive, exaggerated negative thoughts and worry about everyday life events with no obvious reasons for worry. People with symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder tend to always expect disasterand can't stop worrying about health, money, family, work, or school. In people with GAD, the worry often is unrealistic or out of proportion for the situation. Daily life becomes a constant state of worry, fear, and dread. Eventually, the anxiety so dominates the person's thinking that it interferes with daily functioning, including work, school, social activities, and relationships.
I think you are on the right type of medication I see my clients with anxiety and depression being on those medications very often. There several ways to help yourself learn how to reduce your anxiety that leads to panic attacks. One way is deep breathing and progressive relaxation techiques.
This one may seem like a bit of a contradiction to the previous one, but by alternately tensing and relaxing your toes, you actually draw tension from the rest of the body. Try it!
t. Deep breathing is a great way to relax the body and get everything into synchrony. Relaxation breathing is an important part of yoga and martial arts for this reason.
I feel like i am going to die are do something bad like i am not in control