anxiety attacks

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    I hate the way I feel when I have an anxiety attack. I've been taking Celexa for a little over a year now and have cut way, way back on my anti-anxiety meds, but right now, I'm having a major attack and feel awful. Thank goodness I don't go back to work until tomorrow night, when all this will be history again.
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   Katnip
    I'm so sorry. That must be really miserable.

    ((((Clemmm))))
  4. by   leslie :-D
    clemm,

    i do understand anxiety and i'm sorry.
    my doctor (yrs ago) put me on an ssri which helped 90%.
    somehow and through the Grace of God, they've absolved altogether.
    but dang, i hated that out of control, feeling of impending doom.....
    perhaps a prn to supplement the celexa???

    leslie
  5. by   clemmm78
    Quote from earle58
    clemm,

    i do understand anxiety and i'm sorry.
    my doctor (yrs ago) put me on an ssri which helped 90%.
    somehow and through the Grace of God, they've absolved altogether.
    but dang, i hated that out of control, feeling of impending doom.....
    perhaps a prn to supplement the celexa???

    leslie
    That's exactly it - the feeling of impending doom. I don't get the chest pain, respiratory symptoms that many get. I get a feeling of warmth that literally rises from the pit of my stomach up to my face. Then, the nausea kicks in and that feeling of doom.

    I have Xanax that I can take as a prn and I was so proud of being down to a couple in a year. Unfortunately, since November, I'm back up to one or two a month. Perhaps it's time for a check up with my trusted psychologist. :-)
  6. by   leslie :-D
    i agree, definitely let your psychologist know what's going on in your life.
    it sounds as if adjustments have to be made.
    truly, i do understand.
    gentle hugs....

    leslie
  7. by   bethin
    I do underdstand. I still have anxiety attacks. Starts in the pit of my stomach and I get warm, then cold sweats, rapid hr, nausea, and feeling like I'm going to die. It's awful. I have Xanax 1mg that I use. I need to talk to my dr too - going to school has seriously upped my anxiety level. I've had headaches, nausea, diarrhea, etc.

    After your attack is over, are completely exhausted? I know I am and have slept for 8 hours straight after one.
  8. by   Tweety
    I'm sorry you're going through a rough time. I hope you're feeling better this morning.
  9. by   clemmm78
    Quote from bethin
    I do underdstand. I still have anxiety attacks. Starts in the pit of my stomach and I get warm, then cold sweats, rapid hr, nausea, and feeling like I'm going to die. It's awful. I have Xanax 1mg that I use. I need to talk to my dr too - going to school has seriously upped my anxiety level. I've had headaches, nausea, diarrhea, etc.

    After your attack is over, are completely exhausted? I know I am and have slept for 8 hours straight after one.
    Yikes, that's the first time I've ever heard someone describe my anxiety like that. Most people have the chest pain, etc.

    Yes, I'm so tired after. Horrible feeling.
  10. by   clemmm78
    Quote from Tweety
    I'm sorry you're going through a rough time. I hope you're feeling better this morning.
    Thanks Tweety. The worst of it is over. I now have this low underlying feeling of anxiety that tends to last a while. I wish I knew what was driving it so that I could banish it. Sigh.
  11. by   DutchgirlRN
    Sorry Girlfriend, been there, done that. Sounds like you need to see a shrink about which SSI and what dose you should be taking if Celexa is not controlling the attacks. I say shrink only because that is their only business and they are still the best at knowing what you should be taking. I see a shrink and proud to admit it!
  12. by   rn/writer
    Do you have supportive people in real life who don't criticize or try to talk you out of your condition? I hope so, but at the very least, you can always come here for acceptance and affection.

    I'm sending kind wishes your way.
  13. by   clemmm78
    Quote from rn/writer
    Do you have supportive people in real life who don't criticize or try to talk you out of your condition? I hope so, but at the very least, you can always come here for acceptance and affection.

    I'm sending kind wishes your way.
    What a kind post. Thank you so much. I do have supportive people, but I feel as if I lean on them too much sometimes, if that makes sense. They do accept me for what I am, warts and all, which is a good thing. I think it took my husband a while to understand, but we come from such different backgrounds, that there is much about me that he can't understand.

    Sorry Girlfriend, been there, done that. Sounds like you need to see a shrink about which SSI and what dose you should be taking if Celexa is not controlling the attacks. I say shrink only because that is their only business and they are still the best at knowing what you should be taking. I see a shrink and proud to admit it!
    I hear you loud and clear. The Celexa has been working well for me, I have a feeling a big part of the anxiety issue is the 7/14 nights I'm working and the messing up of the time I have to take the drug. I can't take it before I sleep because it keeps me awake. That means I have to keep switching what time of day I take it. Or, maybe I'm just getting used to it and need to increase my dosage.

    My psychologist is more than willing to refer me to a psychiatrist and while I'm willing, I'm reluctant to go through a lot of this over again as my psychologist has been my rock through a lot of post traumatic stress stuff. He does, however, work very closely with my GP who has considerable experience dealing with SSRIs and is willing to try different things if I am comfortable with it. I have a feeling that I need to bump up rather than try something else.

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