GMan

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  1. Oh ok. I took .5mg before sleep. I still dealt with anxiety toward the end of the day, but it definitely helped.
  2. Yea, I probably should’ve had a longer weaning period. How much do you take?
  3. Has anyone dealt with Klonopin withdrawal symptoms? I’ve had severe anxiety since about the 3rd day that I stopped taking it. Neck pain/tension, light sensitivity, weird feelings in my head like someone is touching the nerves in my head, severe anxiety, depersonalization, lower chin/upper throat tightness, insomnia, night panic attacks/terrors. It’s been about 12days now. I was taking .5mg per day, at night.
  4. Yea, I'm AD. This whole thing started about 2yrs ago. Just with stress and a few minor symptoms. I went then because I knew the symptoms were related to stress, because of everything that was going on. The military delayed treatment and the stress turned into panic attacks, then depression, then GAD, then full panic disorder. Now over 2yrs later, and I'm still not receiving the proper treatment. I'm considering filing a grievance through tricare.
  5. I tried Zoloft but had bad side effects. Had dizziness that made me unstable, and changes in heart rhythm. The doctor has only given me hydroxyzine for panic attacks, which is not effective for panic. The 'expert' opinion of the nurse practitioner was to just drive, operate heavy machinery at work etc., and continue to take the Zoloft.. despite unstable dizziness and changes in heart rhythm... and refuses to prescribe anything else. Unfortunately, this is what you go through to get mental health treatment in the military. My primary care doc didn't even want to send me to get evaluated for panic disorder. It took 4 appointments and continuing to press the issue before I was referred. She said "everyone has anxiety". of course the evaluation confirmed panic disorder, and GAD. I switched docs for medication control, but the new doc didn't want to change the other docs prescription, although she admitted that she would have probably done something different. I guess professional courtesy trumps the patient's well being... but this is the norm for military healthcare
  6. No matter how many times I read that lightheadedness and foggy mind/vision is a classic symptom of panic disorder, My reaction remains the same. No time to rationalize when it comes on all of a sudden. I'm so tired...
  7. I hear ya... I get anxiety whenever I have appointments as well. Then my blood pressure rises, and the doc talks about BP meds. I get anxiety with medical tests/blood work. It's a cycle for me, fear when it comes to getting the medical tests done, and fear of something being wrong and wanting to get tests done.. but I usually find relief on the other end of the test.
  8. What kind of thoughts do you have in those moments Marc? I usually feel like something is wrong, or like I'm gonna die.. but with few physical symptoms.
  9. "Flash experiences of no real significance"... That's a line to put in the memory bank. Thanks! Definitely something I can remind myself of in times of anxiety.
  10. Interesting, thanks for sharing!
  11. I started on Zoloft last night. I was feeling a little sick and dizzy after waking this morning, which seems to be from the Zoloft I took last night. Then I felt a sudden warm burning sensation in my abdomen, which started to quickly spread to my chest and body. I felt the sensation all the way up to my mouth and head. My mouth and tongue felt warm and tingly, and my arms and legs felt warm and tingly. Then my heart started to beat fast, which I'm not sure if it was because I panicked, or if it was related to the feeling. Please tell me someone knows what I'm talking about.
  12. Oh ok. Hopefully it works out. I was also given Zoloft, but everything I've read about Zoloft makes it seem like it's hit or miss.
  13. Has anyone ever taken hydroxyzine for panic attacks? What are your experiences with it? Does it help with an actual attack?
  14. Not offended at all Diane. I too am a Christian... And after going through this disorder for the last 2yrs without any professional help or meds, God is the only reason I haven't given up. I understand the deception, but unfortunately, my body and mind don't always walk in agreement. There was a time, late last summer, where I had gotten to a point where I thought I could enjoy life again. Now, I find myself dealing with some of the worst aspects of this disorder. It's been up and down lately, with a lot of down. Before, I was able to break those cycles, and continue moving toward recovery. Now, it sees like there's no break in the cycle. Just daily fear and panic.. a lot of times starting a few minutes after I wake up, until I fall asleep.. and sometimes throughout my sleep. It's been a big struggle lately.
  15. Yea it is a horrible experience indeed. Sometimes it'll go, on and off, for hours.
  16. Does anyone ever get the intense fear without many physical symptoms?.. and every thought, good or bad, produces more fear? Like a full blown mental panic attack. Same thoughts and intense fear, but not many physical symptoms... Or the feeling that there is nothing in your chest? Like your heart and lungs are not there, it's a very strange feeling, and hard to describe.
  17. Thanks you two.. this has become a daily struggle for me.
  18. How does your 'sense of impending doom' make you feel? Sometimes I find comfort in knowing SOMEONE understands.
  19. I'm wondering if anyone else experiences the mental attacks. I know that's where the attacks usually start, from different thoughts, but my panic usually begins with obsessing over a physical symptom. Now, terror goes through my mind without physical symptoms. It's like panic is tied to my every thought, good or bad. A thought of joy or excitement is immediately met my panic. It's as if a dark cloud traps every one of my thoughts. If I think about doing anything, this dark cloud of panic immediately grabs my thought. Every thought leads to panic, fear, or terror. It feels like every time I reach my hand out of this dark cloud, I'm immediately pulled back in. So even when I'm not feeling physical symptoms, I'm still trapped. This is very discouraging and debilitating.
  20. I'm wondering if anyone else experiences the mental attacks. I know that's where the attacks usually start, from different thoughts, but my panic usually begins with obsessing over a physical symptom. Now, terror goes through my mind without physical symptoms. It's like panic is tied to my every thought, good or bad. A thought of joy or excitement is immediately met my panic. It's as if a dark cloud traps every one of my thoughts. If I think about doing anything, this dark cloud of panic immediately grabs my thought. Every thought leads to panic, fear, or terror. It feels like every time I reach my hand out of this dark cloud, I'm immediately pulled back in. So even when I'm not feeling physical symptoms, I'm still trapped. This is very discouraging and debilitating.
  21. How does your anxiety make you feel in the mornings?