Battling Panic Attacks

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by stephonline, Aug 20, 2016.

  1. stephonline

    stephonline Junior Member

    After a year in therapy and a year on Celexa I can honestly say that the panic attacks are not so bad anymore. Before my muscles would tense up and I would be flushed with a sense of fear and dread. I felt like I was dying and I hated not being in control of my body. Now I am able to go on public transportation and riding in cars is not so much of a nightmare. It took a long time to recover and I am still recovering a little bit each day, but I am happier and a little grateful to know that I can take on anything.
     
  2. Alex

    Alex Senior Member

    I'm glad they are getting better, or that you are able to cope with them more. You've done well, and the key thing you said is that it takes time. I think most of us want speedy results, but the fact is it takes as long as it takes to get there. Some people take a year, others a few years. One thing to remember as you say is that you know you can cope, so when there is a bad day, you know that you have fought and survived it before.
     
  3. lexinonomous

    lexinonomous Junior Member

    This is good news! The best feeling in the world to me, is when you can gain some control over your own body. Battling with panic attacks is a terrible feeling and can lead to unwanted stress. Panic disorder doesn't only effect us, but the people around us are effected as well.


    I find that if I tell myself that I am experiencing a panic attack over and over, eventually my body gives into calming down. It's not an easy task, so you should be incredibly proud that you've gained some control. I am happy that you're happy!
     
  4. Panic57

    Panic57 Junior Member

    I'm happy about your success. My therapist won't subscribe me to any medication because my panic attacks are to inconsistent to justify taking them consistently. I almost went a month without a panic attack but I was really depressed. Then there the fact that I'm allergic to almost everything. But I'm happy for anyone that can take medicine and have a normal life. There is nothing worse than being stuck on public transportation or in a place you can't leave and having a panic attack.
     
  5. whysewserious

    whysewserious Junior Member

    So happy to hear of your progress! May it continue to motivate you that you're already making positive steps, and that there are many more to come. Thank you for sharing!
     
  6. listener1987

    listener1987 Moderator Staff Member

    WOW! I'm so happy for you! I love the phrase, "recovering a little bit each day." It shows that you have patience and hope! And hey, even if some days you feel like you took a step back - look at your post again and remember that overall you've still moved forward, and are continuing to. Keep sharing your story with others when it feels right, and you'll keep helping and inspiring others!
     
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  7. Aree Wongwanlee

    Aree Wongwanlee Junior Member

    I didn't know there is medication for panic attacks. There was a time when I had panic attacks quite often. It was when I was down with a deadly virus and I couldn't walk on my own. My chest would constrict and I would literally break out in cold sweat. Once it got so bad that I vomited. However, I didn't tell my doctor about it. Maybe that's why he didn't prescribe any medication for me. Next time this happens again, I must remember to ask my doctor for the medication.
     
  8. kgord

    kgord Junior Member

    I didn't know that Celexa could be used for Panic attacks, but I am so glad it works for you. There are many great medications these days. I know from my days of experiencing panic attacks I would have done anything to allow them to stop. I did take Immiprimanine at that time, but that interacted with the BP med I had at the time, and it sent me to the hospital. That was many years ago however, and I am certain that medications have improved considerably since that time. I am so glad you have found relief! Medications are there to assist us.
     
  9. AngelaMc

    AngelaMc Member

    I'm glad your therapy and medication are working for you. I do believe we recover a little bit each day, making us feel better, step by step. Keep sharing your story, because through our stories and testimonials, we help the next person feeling like us, by letting them know that there is hope. Thanks for sharing.
     

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