After being on Zoloft 100mg for years and being a complete and miserable drone on it, I stopped the drug and started 1500mg a day of St. Johns Wort. I suffer from depression, anxiety and BAD panic attacks. The St. John's Wort has helped a bit (I have been on it for a month now), but I am still having irritabililty/aggressive behavior and panic attacks. What else is out there that I could possibly try?
Have you tried prozac? Worked for me alongside reading a book by a lady called claire weekes ' self help your nerves'. a really funny old fashioned book but one which was better for me than a whole shelf full of newer books on panic and anxiety.
St johns wort, like you say, will help a bit, but i never found it to help enough to stop it all completely. What else do you do/try to find ways of getting better i wonder?
ps. i suffered from extremely severe panic/anxiety/agrophobia for about 5 years. Now, i am completely over it ll - dont ever think that you'll never get over it..
Yeah, DaKine, that's normal! It sucks, but it's normal. To the op- go back to your doc and talk about medication! It takes careful monitoring and adjusting to get the right drug and dose combination for you.
I suffered from strong panic attacks for about 3 years. A clear change of life style did it for me. Unfortunately a few years ago I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia and that will give me panic attacks if my blood sugar is too low. The herb of choice for panic attacks, for me, is Motherwort. I grow this beautiful plant easily, harvest the flowering tops, tincture them or just dry the herb for teas. 7 or 8 drops of the tincture will remove any anxiety symptoms and will let me sleep without preventing me from mothering my children. This mild herb can be found in all natural food stores.
I know where you are coming from. I have a phobia and panic attacks about my health. Everytime I come in contact with someone who is sick, I hear EMS go out after my son just left the house, I have a bad head ache ( had a brain hemerage back in 03. I go right into a panic attack. I feel like I am just falling apart. The meds I am on now have really helped. To the point where I have not had a really bad attack in months. Georgia59 is right on. You have to see a doctor so they can get the right meds to put you on track. Panic attacks are horrific, I know the feeling and I litteraly hate them.
I also suffer from Anxiety and Stress and I alos struggle with agoraphobia too. I'm afradi to leave the house due to my low immune system and being exposed to any gums. Someone sneezes around me and I have an anxiety attack and sometime walk right out of the store that I am in.
i think the panick attacks and anxiety over health issues, germs, and illness is back run of the mill. I have the same thing.. but i just keep that antibacterial gel on me... (and some hand cream for my dry hands) and Im good to go.
I too have hypoglycemia.. and sometimes i can't tel lthe difference.. so i check my sugar (although sometimes this is another source of panic for me.. cuz if i am a little low.. I will continually check it and recheck till it comes back to 'normal' range...
I do hypnosis for my panic attacks... and i also go to places where they happen.. and try to ride them out. When im sick tho, and have to stay home for a week or so i backslide really bad... and have to start all over again. ... that's what i am doing now..
I took Lexapro for mine. I stopped taking it about a year ago and am doing pretty good. I have mild attacks when I get extremly stressed but compared to before that I can deal with. Lexapro saved me, I was falling into depression because of my attacks.
I have taken Buspar for almost a year now, and it has been a lifesaver. Hardly ever have panic attacks now. The medication's been good because my doctor says it's "not as strong" as other antidepressants and anti-anxiety meds, so I've had less side effects. Also, it's forced me to deal with my anxiety since it's still there, just lessened. So I've had to work on it, and haven't been doped up.
I have suffered with Panic Disorder for 17 years. In my case it is a genetic disorder as many of my family members also do as well as my own son. Believe me, I have been on every drug known to man for this. Prozac made me feel like a zombie. Horrible! Some just didn't seem to help. Paxil CR was the one that really made a difference in my life. I felt normal and not drugged. However, everyone is different and what works for one person may not work for another. But I say give Paxil a try at least.
I'd had a few bouts with anxiety (nothing close to a panic attack) in the past and took celexa for about 9 months. It seemed to help and the doctor thought I was ready to back off of the meds. 6 months after being off the drug, I had a major panic attack that left me unable to stand up for 15 minutes. I had a complete checkup, and the only finding was that my blood sugar had gone into orbit - pre-diabetic, in fact (118.) The doctor suggested paxil, but I decided to try to fix the sugar problem first to see if that would help. I was about 30 lbs overweight. I followed the general diet suggested in "Stop Pre-Diabetes Now" and lost almost a pound a day for about a month. Now I'm just a few pounds overweight, and consciously moderated the diet to keep from losing weight so fast. My blood shows completely healthy sugar levels (97) and cholesteral levels lower than they have been in years. My daily mood is much, much better. However, even my minor anxious moments did tend to come only 2 or 3 times a year - so whether I'm completely over them is still probably in question.
My doctor did give me adivan to take if I felt an attack coming on. I'd prefer this "tactical" solution rather than putting my liver through a daily drug. I haven't had to take any yet, and it's been a few months since my attack.
My suggestion is to at least investigate dietary solutions if your situation is not too cronic to tolerate the time it takes to experiment.