Hello, I am hoping someone can advise me. My 18 year old daughter has suddenly begun having anxiety and panic attacks. We are not sure what has started them and have been to our local gp who has prescribed paroxetine and refeered her to a pschotherapist who has not yet been in touch! We have visited a hypnotherapist who gave useful relaxation info but was not able to put her "under" as she was too anxious. She is getting very upset/annoyed with herself as she has always been outgoing and sociable and it is affecting her social life. Her boyfriend is being very supportive as is college, she is in her final yr of a 2 yr sports course and cannot get into college. Each time she does try and go in she has what looks like an epileptic fit to me. Her arma and legs thrust out uncontrollably and she is unable to talk. It takes approx 10 mins for this to stop and I am really worried that she is doing damage to herself. She keeps trying to get in to college as she has been told to desensitise herself. This method seems to be working to a point with cafes, shops etc and after 2 months she can now go back in these places but at college she keeps having these "fit" type episodes. The doctor does not seem concerned about them but has not seen her have one. I am terrified but try not to show it around my daughter. She seems exhausted and barely conscious after them but keeps putting herself through them as she id determined to get back to her old self. Can anyone help/advise me please??
MY name is Jennifer and I am 30 years old. I am going through the something, but when I have panic attacks if they are bad enough i go into seizures. My body spasms and I cant speak also my eyes roll into the back of my head. What calms me down and helps me come out of my seizures is that I focus on pictures of my family or my kids. Also what helps to is I have someone tell me everything is going to be ok and they love me very much. I have learned that these panic attacks and seizures are caused by stuff that has happened to me in the past(bad stuff). If I am doin something for example fighting with my boyfriend that has caused a panic attack and seizure because my real parents fought all the time. If you have anymore questions just ask! I hope this helped you a little bit.
Just like sadgirl_30 said, panic attacks are often caused by underlying problems. Sometimes life changing events, extreme stress, or other seemingly unrelated problems can be the trigger or cause behind a panic attack.
It is great and important that your daughter is really trying to get back to school. Her wanting to get better will play a big role in her recovery.
If your daughter's school has a clinic, they may have an in house psychologist there. This person can see your daughter first to discuss the problem. Other than that, try looking for other psychologists in your area. Getting your daughter assessed by one is an important step.