I suffer from panic attacks and mild agoraphobia. Currently I am seeing a Psychologist who is working with me using Cognitive Behavior Therapy but I have seen him only one time. My last major panic attack which is my first was back in December of last year. Ever since then, most of everyday I have a problem with shortness of breath, a choking feeling in my throat, dizzyness, feelings of faint, having a tight band on my head, headaches and visions problems like squinting and burning of the eyes. This is beginning to be bothersome to me and it feels like it would trigger a panic attack and of course, I dont want this to happen. Does anyone have a cure to this? I' ve been perscribed Zanax for my immediate panic attacks and later perscribed Klonopin for everyday use. I have not used my Klonopin yet because of mixed feelings about it. Does this medication help with this? I heard that relaxation exercises work to cure this. If so, where can I find out how to do it? Any info is appreciated.
I Know exactly what you are talkig about. A panic attac can be a really scary thing to experience. I remember the firat one I ewver had. I was sitting in a board meating at work. The room was kind of small, and there were too many people cramed in. I was sitting there, the room was quiet because the meeting had yet to start. All of a sudden I started to notice I was begining to breath kind of heavy. Then I started to break out in a sweat. Then the room felt like it was closing in on me. I had to run out of the room and head towards the mens room. As I was walking I felt like my heart was going to pound out of my chest, and my head was going to explode. I could actually hear the blood swishing through my veins in my forehead. I thought O was going to die right there at work. Then as sudden as it all started, it all just stopped. I was never so scared in my life.
I went the medication/therapist route, but the meds made me feel like a zombie. Klonopin was one of the meds I was taking. I would suggest you stay away from it. You should work with your Dr. to find something else. After sitting through way to many shrink sessions, I was sitting in the waiting room waiting for another round of sessions. That is where it hit me. I took a good look around the room at all of the other people sitting there. A vast majority of them appeared to have real mental problems. It is right then that I said to my self, What the heck am I doing here? There is nothing wrong with me. I am stronger than these panic attacks. I got up, told the lady at the front desk I could not stay for my appointment, and never had another panic attack.
Whenever I felt one coming on, I just mentally would not allow my self to have one. I learned to control the attacks instead of the attacks controling me.
You really do have the power in you to overcome panic attacks. You can be stronger the the urge to freak out. It takes a while, but it can be done. I am living proof.
I wish you the best of luck on overcoming this bump in your road of life. Stay strong, you can do it!