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Scared of dying and derealization

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I suffer from panic attacks I just turned 20 years old. I can't ever sleep at night b/c I'm so afraid of not waking up in the morning. I'm scared of dying. I know that I am healthy. I have had brain scan, chest x-rays, MRI, EKG, and blood work. I know that it is all in my mind. I have been to the doctor and he has put me on zoloft. But still I have the feelings of being disconnected from the world I think it's called derealiztion. I have even started seeing a counsler. I just dont know what to do anymore to ease my mind. A month ago I was a young girl who loved life and didnt think twice about anything but now not so much. :( Please help!

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replied September 10th, 2009
Panic Attacks Answer A7227
It seems that you have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, possibly panic disorder and are on medication for it but don't feel like it's helping. You may want to see your psychiatrist about adjusting the dosage or changing medication types. Sometimes the dosage can cause some pretty strange side effects if it's too much for the body to start with.

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