Posted by Mitch on May 12, 2001, at 17:29:49
In reply to Re: panic » Mitch, posted by Sunie on May 12, 2001, at 16:33:24
Hi, Sunie! You can do it, it is just not easy and you may end up taking some courses that you find that don't allow you to panic...
I am assuming that you have predisposed panic attacks related to social anxiety, not sure if you have bipolar or not. Anyhow, the sort of crap I went through had to do with researching the classes I was going to take in advance. For instance if I was thinking about a class for the next semester I would go and check it out! For some reason if I got bad vibes just looking at the classroom I wouldn't take the class (not always)! If I felt comfortable with it I would go ahead and take the class. Realize I wasn't taking any Benzos just Prozac and Lithium. It seemed to work out, of course there were certain ones that you HAD to take and I *literally* bit my tongue, clenched my jaws, deep breathing, everything to get through it! For some reason having a computer or some type of "hands-on" stuff in front of me worked better. The worst classes were large, boxed-in lecture halls, where you had to sit there and be *captive*!!
Hope you can find a way to get through. Here is a strange thing I found-Benadryl 25mg before classes in the morning seemed to help more than Valium did (when I was prescribed it once)..go figure!
> ok, it's a deal! let's trade for a while... ;-)
> I am, myself, on the second try at my degree, and am leaving to put myself back together. Since I only have it half done, it'll probably take me 4 tries, too! At least you MADE it to class, me, I've just spent a fortune for a semester's worth of sleep and binge eating. ha ha, if that can really be considered funny. I am going to a friend's graduation tonight and I can barely fit into my nice clothes, ones that used to "drape." I feel like a stuffed pengiun and if Wellbutrin doesn't help me lose it I am going to die trying. (or "lose it") :-P