I suffer from high anxiety/panic attack from time to time. (Page 2)
grittygrymes: I used to get it from work and a heavy work load/Deadlines. Stress and time management is helpful and trying to only focus on the things you can control. Exercise and a healthy diet helps too. A rum and coke at the end of the day helps me but I'm not sure if drinking will work for anyone. Don't go over 1.
Live_By_Common_Sense: I am sure drinking will help alot... It eases your mind when you take just a shot or two. I understand the pain of anxiety and it really feels like hell on earth,
Phoenix777: Meditation, distractions, and/or CBT work very well for most people. I have GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) with panic attacks at times, so I understand your pain. Good luck to you.
Live_By_Common_Sense: Thank you Phoenix777.. i got a question, are you receiving SSDI for your General Anxiety Disorder? I wanted to ask you that because I wanting to get disability because I can't work under the condition of having anxiety/panic attack. If you can, may you please give me some pointers if you got some. Thanks.
Phoenix777: You are very welcome, Secret_Asian. No, I've never had to take a SSDI leave from work. Via the therapy methods that I mentioned above, I've been able to consistently work...and am still doing so (although due to COVID-19 I am working from home for now). However, on really bad days if nothing else helps I take Xanax. I've been taking it for over 10 years only when absolutely necessary, which thankfully is not very often. I have kept my dose the same and take the minimal dose and I don't abuse it. It's been a life-saver for me. It works so well that just knowing that I have them can actually stave off a panic attack. Last time I took one was about a month ago. If you have any questions, feel free to message me - either here or privately. Blessings to you.
Live_By_Common_Sense: Thank you Phoenix777 for your response.
I take busiprone every day before I head to work. To tell you the truth, it does not work, especially knowing the fact that I get anxiety that day.. But other than the bad days I have, I wouldn't know if the medication was working or not. I asked my doctor if I can be prescribed to xanax, and she told me she can't hand those out, because its narcotic substance. I don't understand why not, because busiprone does nothing for me. I am going to talk to the doctor again on the next visit. Hopefully she can give me something better.
Phoenix777: I truly feel for you, my friend. I guess different countries have different regulations on what doctors can prescribe. Here in the U.S. Xanax is a very popular prescription drug - because it works so well and it's very well tolerated by most people. I have zero side effects from it. All it does for me is do it's job - which is exactly the whole point, right? I am not familiar with Busiprone, but if it's not working for you, please talk to your doctor and get it changed as soon as you can. No sense taking something that doesn't even work, right?
Live_By_Common_Sense: Pheoenix777, well we both live in the US. I am sure its different regulation from different state if I am correct. I get the medications from the VA clinic, and I don't understand why I can't get xanax. They might be afraid I am going to sell it to someone else? Or I may abuse it and take it to get high off of it? I am not too sure. But yea the doctor that prescribe me told me to take busiprone twice, one before work, and another if I get anxiety kicking in. I am so confused now because it does not work, and I need to let the doctor know.
Phoenix777: Secret_Asian: Oh, I didn't realize you are also in the U.S. Yes, it probably has to do with individual state legislature. What kind of doctor told you that they can't prescribe Xanax? Was it a general doctor? A psychiatrist? Or other specialist? I'm just asking because I find it very strange. Most doctors will readily prescribe Xanax where appropriate. But again, it may vary from state to state, and I'm not familiar with how every state does things.
Live_By_Common_Sense: The psychiatrist said she can not give out a controlled substance drug to me. That is all she said about it.
Phoenix777: Well, I guess different states have different regulations. That's the only thing I can think of because here in my state it's a very common prescription drug that psychiatrists prescribe.
Live_By_Common_Sense: I would think the Xanax would help me out a lot. But since the doctor won't let me have none, I got to use busiprone which does not work.
clarabow: I think finding the cause of the panic attacks is the only way to rid yourself of them for ever more. Everything else is just a strategy to help you get through them, all strategies require willpower and if you feel stressed and vulnerable then will power is in short supply.
E.M.D.R therapy works well on anxiety of all kinds, find the root of your problem and process this and then you are free of this issue.
Sometimes it is hard to find the root of these kind of problems, you cant always do it alone, triggers are complex. E.M.D.R has been used to treat PTSD which is characterised by high anxiety, it has a really high success rate in treating this.
Just a suggestion....
Live_By_Common_Sense: Thanks clarabow. At times I become sensitive, to noise, light, smell. I can feel the surrounding through my senses more sharply, and it overwhelms me to the point I need to sit down and sit somewhere quiet. There is a thought In my head where I had to finish my task, I feel the need that I can't stop doing what I am doing and taking too much of a break because I might get in trouble. I have anxiety to the point where anything can happen like me fearing that I might get in to an accident or having a confrontation with the customers. There is a lot triggers for my anxiety because my mind races as well. It is hard to pin point one main trigger. I just try to cope with it by working hard at times, but taking my break at times to try too alleviate the upcoming anxieties.
clarabow: A good therapist would help you locate the first time you felt like this and work on from there, it sounds like your day to day life is very painful and I am sorry to hear that, its not easy, these things usually begin in our childhood when patterns around behaviours and relationships and expectations get laid down...try reading Francine Shapiros book on EMDR, it might turn some lights on for you and help you to understand yourself a little more, good luck, things can change...your original trigger is probably pre 7, some times it can be pre verbal trauma..try to get a copy of that book! It really helped me...take care
Live_By_Common_Sense: Thank you clarabow.. I will look upon that book. But to tell you the truth, whenever I read a book, I lose concentration. It depends how I feel at that time. There is a lot of things going in my mind. But I will definitely check in to that book. Thanks for responding as well.
swampandfire: anxiety is a journey. but try sleeping on a foam mattress on the ground. might take a little time to adjust but it puts you out like a light.