Panic disorder

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Hi,

I just wanted to share my own experience with Anxiety and Panic attacks.

I am a 30 year old man and i had my first panic attack aged 17 which I am certain was caused by smoking cannabis. Since then I have had them on and off over the years but had always managed to get over them and get on with my life.

Then about a month ago, I wasn't sleeping well and was feeling a bit run down and I awoke one morning to having the worst panic attack I have ever had.Since then I have been having attacks daily with symptoms including: palpitations,heavy breathing,tiredness,clammy feet,hands and hot,tingly spells.

For the first time it is actually started to seriously affect my life as I do not want to go anywhere or be around other people, it has also been affecting my work as I have had several days off in the month alone.

Last week I finally plucked up the courage to seek medical advice from my GP, who has prescribed me fluoxetine and recommended I do cognitive behavioural therapy.But so far being on the drugs has actually made me feel worse as I have developed tremors,my legs feel like jelly all the time and I am getting hardly any sleep at all now.

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    Hi Hun

    Stick with the meds as your doctor should have told you that you will get worse before you start to feel better Hun.

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      When I spoke to the doctor he just sounded like he wanted to get rid of me, he shoved a leaflet in my hand wrote a prescription and I was on my way.I have been looking for alternative advice since and I came across this website.
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      Oh yes very very severe anxiety and depression I wouldn't have survived without medication the Ssris have been a blessing I've been on paroxatine for a few years now and it suits me well. Please stick with them for at least 4/6 weeks then if no better go back and try another you will eventually find one that suits you. I also take diazepam when things get way too much but I'm so much better now than I was xx
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      Thaanks cazjaz,

      . so would you say its very early days for me still? Did you feel better after 6 weeks? And are you now still taking diazipam all these years later?

      Many thanks x

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      I would never stop my Paroxatine and only have diazepam when needed which tbh is very rare now but it helps me to think it's there if needed so that's just how my mind works xx
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    I have been exactly the same, I'm on sertraline, 3 weeks now, apparently it gets,worse before it gets better, also I'm hardly sleeping, eventually evenings should get better, wel for me they have , not always, but like now mornings are awful.
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