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May 21st, 2003

revelations @ 01:53 pm

Current Mood: busy busy
Current Music: Death in Vegas, something offa The Contino Sessions

It's not just been depression and ADHD I've been suffering from all these years; the especially fucked-up episodes I've been getting for the past six+ months haven't been depression - they've been panic attacks! Wellbutrin doesn't do squat for them, which is why the increased dosage didn't do anything. This makes me feel quite relieved, especially since the diagnosis is borne out by all the extra symptoms I had but hadn't mentioned since I didn't think they were related (like getting chilly every time they happened.)

Also, the credit union I joined put the wrong account number on my checks. ARRGH! Glad I hadn't written too many.

 
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From:pokiedot
Date:May 21st, 2003 04:19 pm (UTC)
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aah. the anxiety attacks. now you speaka my language my friend. a co-worker of mine (who also has them) and i were once chatting about them, and she was basically commenting on that horrible feeling of 'everyone else can handle life, and no one but me has anxiety attacks'. i replied, 'yeah, no one else except me, most of my boyfriends, most of my closest friends, all of the women in my family and half my co-workers'. ta-da!

and they totally get misdiagnosed! i was taking a lot of st. johns wort at one point, and kept wondering why i felt even more jittery and had more panic attacks. that's because most depression meds are basically uppers. so, yeah, depression meds make us worse. yay!

i would be happy to talk to you about panic attacks. i'm well versed and i'm probably going through one of the best periods i've ever been through with them.

although i did call nadja up and yell at her for no reason the other day. thank god for good, understanding friends.

anyhow. yeah.
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From:fairyarmadillo
Date:May 22nd, 2003 10:29 pm (UTC)
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aaargh. i know of a med that my friend takes and she gave me one when i was having an panicky day and it worked really well and i can't remember the name! it was uhm, a really little pill... and i think it started with an R... or maybe an A.
I suck at helping. If I remember I will email you.
Ever try Rescue Remedy?
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From:fairyarmadillo
Date:May 22nd, 2003 10:30 pm (UTC)
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Aha! Ativan!
Ativan (Lorazepam) - Benzodiazepine prescribed for anxiety, insomnia, and alcohol withdrawal.
http://www.accessmednet.com/prescription-drug-information/ativan-lorazepam.html
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From:moof
Date:May 23rd, 2003 10:59 am (UTC)
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I've been prescribed Zoloft, but it takes time to kick in.
I must admit that I'd much prefer that the "five days in a row of crying myself to sleep whilst having suicidal images arise unbidden" end sooner rather than later. Sigh.

I should look into Rescue Remedy, though. It looks like Whole Foods has it.
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From:fairyarmadillo
Date:May 23rd, 2003 05:55 pm (UTC)
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The remedy is good stuffs!
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From:dr_beep
Date:May 27th, 2003 05:16 pm (UTC)
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For something that doesn't run through your brain in jackboots screaming "YOU VILL BE EFFECTED NOW!" Rescue Remedy is startlingly effective, I'm pretty sceptical of most non chinese herbal remedies (they have been doing it a long time and better than most) and it improves the hell out of my mood when I have used it.
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From:moof
Date:May 27th, 2003 05:31 pm (UTC)
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it's pretty tasty, at very least.
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From:kaligrrrl
Date:June 4th, 2003 11:58 pm (UTC)
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I've been taking Paxil for about 5 years fro my panic attacks and it works very well for me. I think I've only had one break through attack in that time.
for immediate treatment, Xanax works in about oh, 20 minutes but it is a serious sedative.

not to get all new agey but I have noticed that since my sister became a Buddhist and started meditating and doing yoga (twice a day, which is hardcore) she's been able to stop taking meds and hasn't had any attacks for over a year.

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