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Anybody wake up at night with panic attacks, and have a way to stop or prevent that? I get bouts every couple years, last year I was given sertraline, eventually stopped panic, I stopped sert, attacks returned, now ony taking 25 mg. Working but makes me more anxious, don't want to take it forever.
Without sert, I occas woke up feeling panic, as if house on fire and can't escape but telling myself that's ridiculous doesn't help because I know that. Midnight walks help calm down but panic reoccurs when I get into bed ( bed-panic? ) Knowing that's a conditioned response doesn't help.
I've had a mindfullness meditation class but sitting still makes me more anxious, and if panicky, that increases it, walking reduces panic but walking all nite prevents sleep.
I've heard for some physical feelings like constricted breathing cause thoughts of panic or heart attack, which then causes a real panic attack.
But I have no thoughts when I wake up, just the feeling of panic (only thought is, oh crap, another panic attack, I can't sleep with that.) I've told myself it's a stupid attack soon to go away but I still feel panicky, can't sit still, feel like a volcano if I stay in bed, have to get up.
Any ideas on preventing those stupid panic feelings? Or is it just chemical, a night terror, any med help when that happens?
Thanks for any advice.
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