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Hello all I am new to this forum i am a 24 year old female I am married and have a beautiful daughter that is 6 months old I have been living with anxiety and panic attacks for as long as I can remember my symptoms include dizziness, shortness of breath , feeling detached to the world , nausea, drowsiness , feeling depressed , feeling like I'm about to pass out or have a heart attack and the list goes on that is my life everyday the only thing I think about is anxiety and when my next panic attack is going to come. When I got pregnant I felt like my anxiety and panic attacks were relived I wasn't getting them as much as I usually do but as soon as I gave birth boom! They came back and they came back worse then before there is not one day where I don't have a panic attack I avoid leaving the house because it makes it worse also when I drive it makes it worse I can't sleep properly at night because I feel like I'm asleep but my mind is racing with thoughs so when I get up in the morning im so tired and lazy all day I always feel like something bad is going to happen to me or a family member I have never been on meds because I'm scared of the side affects I have been to a phycologist 3 times 4 years ago but I stopped going because I wasn't comfortable talking to him anyone else go through what I go through? Anyone have any advise ? I don't know what to do. Thankyou for reading

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    You need to learn cbt. Bio feedback is great too. See a phsycologist they cant perscribe meds not allowed and be sure they can teach you cbt. You need tools here to fall back on. I would also suggest seeing a complimentary doctor (md but perfers alternative holistic approach) they are so good at handling anxiety. You would have to google to find one in your area. Very worth the private expense. 
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    Hi Sarah

    Sorry missed the bit about meds.

    I am on medication because I have severe depression as well as anxiety.  If It was just the anxiety I dont think I would go near AD'S I think therapy is your best bet it teaches you how to control your anxiety/panic.

    I am at the moment receiving CBT and it is very good its not an over night cure It helps you cope better and you have got to put a lot into it,there are no miracle cures.

    Its basically a switch in your brain that is broken it is telling you your in danger when your not. you have to learn to control that

    This forum is excellent for support

    Stay Strongcool

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    Hi Sarah, I hate to say this but the more you worry about having a panic attack, the more attacks you will have. I lived like that for a few months and went on medication, I was feeling almost suisidal and the medication changed that and helped me get myself back on track. I took the antidepressants for about 2 years and then decided to taper off. I've been off them for about 4 months now and I've been great. Still suffer with anxiety a little on and off but feel like I'm able to control it now. If you're planning on more pregnancies then medication would be a no no, but if not, I would strongly recommend you take a doctors advice and start meds. The only side affects I had were feeling hot and I slept a little more than normal. The hardest part is coming off the meds but it's not impossible. No one of us needs to be that strong and suffer without treatment, don't be too hard on yourself.
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      Everyone reacts differently to meds  I feel AD's make  anxiety worse 

      I know for sure that if it wasnt for my severe depression I would'nt be on AD's.

      If someone can get through anxiety with the aid of therapy and natural remedies in my opinion thats the way forwardcool

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      I completely agree Lynn but she says she's tried therapy 4 times so maybe she should try medication now? It just seems unfair for her to be struggling so much when medication could possibly help. Just my opinion, as it helped me so much. I am choosing myself to not go back on medication now as we're trying for a baby and also my symptoms aren't half as bad as they were years ago.
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      Yeh  I see your point.

      The problem with some people with therapy though is that they think its a magic cure but you have to put the work in and learn the techniques its not a case of just sitting taliking about it, you gotta do the homework and the exercises the therapist give you.

      Take Carecool

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      Sarah if you had told me a few months ago that I would be in therapy and it was working I would have laughed at you.

      It does work but YOU have to put the work in to

      Stay Strongbiggrin

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