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Posted by Elizabeth on May 12, 2001, at 19:46:54
In reply to Re: panic , posted by grapebubblegum on May 11, 2001, at 8:50:12
> Thank you Mila, that really did help. I think I can truly say that I've exhausted the resources I could get out of behavioral or whatever non-pharmaceutical therapies there are for control of panic disorder.
Hi, "Grape." < g > I have infrequent (but intense) PAs also. I never got much out of the cognitive-behavioural therapy that is supposed to be so helpful. Mostly it seemed like a bunch of common-sense advice that could have come out of a self-help book -- strategies that I was already practising on my own by the time my panic attacks were diagnosed.
Most people with panic disorder have situationally predisposed attacks as well as completely spontaneous ones. Antidepressants work, as do high-potency benzodiazepines. Xanax is a nice choice if you have infrequent attacks because it works fast enough that you can often stave off an attack altogether by taking it as soon as you feel the signs of panic.
I think your living situation can make a big difference as to how likely you are to have attacks. However, it also seems that, left untreated, panic (and depression and manic-depression) can take on a life of its own. I hope that moving solves your problem or at least alleviates it.