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I am diagnosed with mixed mood disorder and panic disorder,

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Hi i am diagnosed with mixed mood disorder and panic disorder, i am on 40 mg latuda 150 mg zoloft and klonopin 1-2 mg clonzapem wafters... my question is i was feeling good for a month or so then anxiety/panic came back..i feel restless agitated, confused to tired to think. today my 5yr old daughter home sick from school i am so confused and agitated my husband had to stay home from work...i feel like the worst parent in the world any advice????

Hello, I'd like to help you with your question.

Medication is very helpful if you are feeling that your anxiety and panic are interfering with your ability to function in daily life. And it sounds like that is what is going on in your case. Getting your symptoms to a manageable level so you can get treatment to reduce or eliminate your anxiety is vital. If you feel you cannot function, then any other treatment options won't help.

You are hardly the worst parent for feeling agitated and upset when your child was home and needing your husband there with you. Anxiety is a very difficult disorder to cope with and it is easy to feel overwhelmed and have trouble dealing with your symptoms.

And while medications are great to help you with your symptoms, the fact that you have a return of your symptoms after a month or so shows that other treatment options need to be considered. Therapy, and not medications, are the best way to not only address anxiety, but greatly reduce or eliminate it all together.

In therapy, you learn to pay attention to what you are thinking to make yourself anxious. The therapist then can help you change your thoughts and therefore how your body reacts to your thoughts. You also can learn about how to let yourself float through your anxiety thereby gaining more control over how you feel. When anxiety comes on, you allow it to flow over you without tensing or panicking in response. This makes the anxiety reduce or go away faster. To find a therapist, talk to your doctor about a referral. Or you can search on line at

You can also help yourself at home. There are numerous resources to help you learn more about anxiety. Here are some to get you started:

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund Bourne is excellent for any fears. It is self help and contains everything from supplements to relaxation techniques.

The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety: A Step-by-Step Program by Bill Knaus Ed.D. and Jon Carlson Psy.D. Ed.D.

From Panic to Power: Proven Techniques to Calm Your Anxieties, Conquer Your Fears, and Put You in Control of Your Life by Lucinda Bassett

Most of all, remember that you are there for your family and you are doing the best job you can. And your family knows that. By addressing your anxiety through therapy and self help, you can function like you want to and be free of your anxiety.

I hope this has helped you,

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