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Re: Panic Attacks / Lexapro / searching for answers ZeeZee

Posted by Ritch on January 13, 2003, at 13:29:58

In reply to Re: Panic Attacks / Lexapro / searching for answers mikal, posted by ZeeZee on January 13, 2003, at 10:14:51

> Hi Michael,
> Please be assured that I and many, many, more on this board can relate to your problem of panic disorder. I do the same thing, I have one anxious, sleepless night and then wham, it becomes a "new thing" - I can't sleep and am fearful. My fear is going insane, not haveing a heart attack, but that doesn't matter - it's just the nature of this disorder.
> I want to recommend some books to you that might help make sense out of some of this.
> Please read Claire Weeks "More Help for your Nerves" and Bronwyn Fox's "Working Through Panic".
> You need something to help you break this cycle until the Lexapro begins to work. Both reading and CBT plus a benzo should prove helpful. I'm still searching for the right medication and use my books and benzo's in the meantime.
> Good luck to you and keep us posted on your progress.

ZeeZee, I have heard of some folks that have panic disorder who carry little cards with them which have basic CBT-like statements on them that help chill them out before the panic anxiety escalates out of control. Do you know where you can obtain those (to print, i.e.) or what sort of statements they say? There have been a couple of times over the years where I have been away from my meds (and was withdrawing from them), because of a icestorm (stuck at someone else's house for a couple of days, ie.), and started getting freaked out and had to "talk myself down" to prevent the panic waves from building. It would be cool to have some highly refined short statements.




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