Originally Answered: Pls help me carry away Clarocet NRI Anxiety, Depression, Social Anxiety and Panic Attacks?
Hi there, You're definitely not alone. Many more people than you may think have these problems. I am certainly no stranger to panic attacks. They began as chest pains six years ago, and my coronary fears were fueled by a few lousy doctors who treated me like I was imagining things, etc. I had 2 stress tests, an ultrasound and they had me even go through an angiogram. All this only to say, "We don't know what's wrong with you.", which of course, implies there is something wrong! (even though my results were fine). I finally got a decent, compassionate doctor who let me know that I should be confident that my heart is in good shape (I'm 43). It took him mere moments of listening to me to tell me that all I have is panic attacks. None of these other horrible doctors came out with that diagnosis, but they *did* try to start me on heavy duty anti-depressants, which I did not take. I have read, that yes, anti-depressants are good for panic, but I felt that I didn't need anything that major. I've also read horror stories about people who started anit-depressants and are going through Hell! It's normal to get depressed once in a while, but I knew that I was not suffering from chronic depression, just panic attacks (flushing, racing heart, panicking that my heart wouldn't be able to slow down). My doctor gave me clonazepam, which I only took a half a pill about once a week, then only once every two weeks. Now I take a half a .25mg clonazepam maybe once a month. I have to say that I found that what was causing my panic attacks was a lousy marriage. My ex turned into an alcoholic, and he wouldn't get help and wouldn't talk about it. I knew his drinking was adding to my problem, but apparantly, it was causing the whole thing. I did myself a huge favor by leaving him, and despite having to uproot, go back to a single income, etc., I felt *worlds* better instantly. The day the divorce became final, I felt another weight off me that I didn't know was there. Stress is a funny thing. Something can be eating away at you, and you don't even know it. So speaking only from my experience, I would like to share with you what I learned: If you don't already have a doctor, talk to one. If you feel uncomfortable with that doctor, there is nothing at all wrong with shopping around until you find a doctor you like and trust. Also, be responsible for your own healthcare, ie: research online, keep track of what your body (and mind) is doing, research the latest health news, improve your diet, make sure you get at least some excercise. These things do make a profound difference, believe me! I slimmed down and I eat a lot healthier (smaller portions, lower carb, lower sugar, etc.) than I did when I was married, and it's made a big difference in my energy levels, my focus and my feeling of well-being. I am definitely not one of those health flakes, either, but ou do have to take care of yourself. What you put into your body and mind does have a major impact. Also, there are many good books on panic attack out there. I saw a couple on Amazon.com that are workbook types that you work on each day, and it coaches you on how to reduce and rid yourself of panic attacks. Always remember that panic attacks are only a trick in your mind. You will not die from a panic attack. ... I digress.. Get a good doctor, distance yourself from the negative things and people in your life that are eating away at you, talk to God, get adequate sleep, excercise, eat smart, take vitamin supplements, do things that you love, do for other people, serve God - and laugh! If you don't feel like laughing, fake it till you feel it! These things might sound like the same tired old suggestions, but they truly are the things that work! That's why they *are* the same tired, old suggestions! Lol! When you can get your panic attacks under control (and you will!) and do all these other things, your depression and social anxiety will diminish as well! I wish you well, my friend. Keep working at it, because it will change your life! God will bless you with a bright new year. Let us know how you're doing. :)