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I also am a psychologist and have suffered from panic attacks most of my life. I have found that medication does little but dull the senses in terms of relief and have found that controlling my breathing, meditating (especially moving meditation like tai-chi or qi-gung) and guided imagery help the best and leave me in control. I found the zoloft had too many side effects.
Atavan is too addicting for me.
Trazadone gives me a hangover
i can do without
Panic Attacks are usually associated with separation anxiety.
I rely on the fact that it will be over in 20 minutes and treat it as an "E" ticket ride.
I was worried about serotonin syndrome. I don,t like the meds but can't keep up with practice unless panic is better. i am not sure what separation anxiety would be in my case.
how often do you have panic attacks?
Not as much since I have retired but due to the nasty Board of Psychology here in California about once or twice a week
I also have a special needs child. I am hoping i will get better soon and have decided to stick with meds right now just to function.
I am sorry to hear that. I have had much success with the things I suggested.
Yes ! Should I ask my dr. to increase ativan which I think she is reluctant to do or try trazodone. Should I worry about addiction with this low dose of ativan? I also am having itching. Is this anxiety or caused by a side effect of the meds?