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Posted by Elizabeth on December 16, 2001, at 12:12:39

In reply to Re: .thanks Elizabeth..mood stabilizers and panic, posted by gilbert on December 15, 2001, at 23:11:03

I'm dubious about the mood stabilizer idea, but maybe your doctor sees some symptom in you that you don't notice, or that you don't recognize as potentially responsive to mood stabilizers. Ask -- you deserve a reason why you should try this stuff. Some anticonvulsants (Depakote, Neurontin) may be helpful for panic disorder, but lithium certainly isn't (did he explicitly mention lithium, BTW?). It really does sound like he's just being benzophobic and will use any excuse to get you off a benzo.

What happened when you took ADs, and which ones did you try? Also which benzos have you tried, exactly, and in what doses?

This is looking ahead, but when you've got the panic attacks under control, if you still have problems with agoraphobia then it would probably be a good idea to get involved in cognitive-behavioral therapy for it. Once the panic is gone, CBT should help with the phobic avoidance.

That's weird about the sexual dysfunction from benzos, but who knows? These meds have such varied effects on people. Believe it or not, I experienced only one benzo withdrawal symptom ever, and it was vomiting! Not exactly your standard benzo withdrawal, and for several days I couldn't figure out what it was. Then I took some Klonopin and it stopped!

(It's "eunuch," BTW. :-) )





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