Panic Disorder

Updated on March 16, 2010
N.M. asks from Hendersonville, TN
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I'm having horrible generalized anxiety all day every day with sudden bouts of panic attacks. I was on Zoloft for 1.5 yrs and though didn't completely make me feel better(was still dep and anxious) I functioned. I've been off of it for 3 months and for just started with severe anxiety 3 wks ago and now the depression is mounting on. I take Klonopin (as little as I can by cutting the 0.5) only when needed but I just can't bear this anymore. I don't want to get back on the usual SSRI so a doctor friend that's practices homeopathic med will be getting me on a product called Truehope. It's supposed to be vitamins and minerals specifically designed for several mental health disorders. I don't know if I can go another week feeling like this. Has anyone taken this product? If so, did you get results. I kneel in my bathroom and just beg God to take this away!!

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answers from Saginaw on

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answers from Nashville on

my name is R.. i live in gallatin. i have been on paxil for years and finally had to realize that i am well have to be medicatied for life. i started haveing attacks at 24 years old. i and now about to turn fifty in august. would you please call me. i would love to talk to you. there is much hope. if you would e-mail me i can send you my number. your just down the road. please mail me at of 7, R. u. god bless

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answers from Los Angeles on

Hi, N.,

I am a graduate psychology student who has experienced depression (major depression and dysthymia) for approx. 25 years. I also started experiencing social anxiety approx. 18 months ago. I am not a pill pusher as my sister, a practicing psychologist of ten years, has not seen very promising results with her patients and some of the anxiolytic and antidepressant drugs I've taken have had no noticeable effect on me. I have used Xanax (lorazepam) a few times with some positive effects. I wouldn't want to take it for more than a few weeks as it makes me feel slightly mentally and physically "blunted" and has fairly high addiction potential. However, if things get really bad, ask a psychiatrist if it might be a good treatment for you. I have not taken Truehope and am not an expert on it, in spite of taking psychopharmacology classes.

I've seen many psychotherapists and tried many forms of psychotherapy over the last twenty five years. Just about the only form of therapy that has really helped me has been EMDR, which was offered to me by my latest therapist. In just a few weeks, the social anxiety which had plagued me for almost 18 months virtually disappeared! (Before EMDR, I tried cognitive behavioral therapy, "just getting out there and facing my fear," and various tactics I had read in books and websites. EMDR was the only thing that really helped.)

EMDR and progressive desensitization are often used to treat anxiety. I don't know whether these types of treatment are appropriate for you and whether you've tried them, but if you're not sure and you haven't tried them, then you might want to discuss their usefulness to you with a psychotherapist or psychiatrist.

Best wishes; be well,



answers from Gainesville on

I have never taken any of those but have often contemplated it. I supposedly have about four different disorders and did try prozac once. It really messed me up and I flushed it. I have heard that taking medicine then stopping will increase your depression. If you go to church, presbyterian or penecostal churches really have faith in the power of prayer. It has worked for me and I suggest it to you. I will pray for you because I know how bad it can be. Knowing what's causing it helps and gives us some where to start but sometimes we can't identify where it's coming from. That's when I really turn to prayer. Everytime I start to feel depressed I put on my favoright music or try to do things to stop thinking about it, put it out of my mind. Staying busy really helps as long as it's something you like to do. Having a schedule of what time I get up and go to bed. You know how much you can take and you know if you need to take medicine or when. But I just want to say I think your awesome for looking for alternatives and trying to better yourself. I think that's really great. So many people think they can't get better. I know maybe some can't but there are a lot who can and it sounds like you can be one of those people! So good luck!



answers from Greensboro on

I am painfully familiar with what you are going through. My anxiety, depression and panic attacks started 14 years ago, when my son was born. I suffered from severe postpartum depression which slowly subsided, but left me with the less severe anxiety and depression. The panic attacks are the worst part. I tried all kinds of prescribed medicines, including Zoloft. Although most of them worked somewhat, I discontinued them due to unpleasant side effects and being allergic to some. A friend introduced me to a product called Tahitian Noni Juice, which my family began drinking daily for our health. That company also makes a supplement called "Calm and Relax", that has worked great for me in controlling my depression, anxiety and panic attacks. I am not familiar with Truehope, but due to my experience with Calm and Relax, I can attest that this natural product does work. You have nothing to lose by trying it. If it doesn't work, contact me at and we can get you some Calm and Relax. We believe in their products so much that my mother became a distributor for the products.



answers from Greensboro on

I suffer from severe panic disorder, and mine gets better and then worse. This has been going on since 2002. I have remand on Xanax for 8 years now. My doctor has recently increased it. For some unknown reason I started having them more frequently. I actually had one in front of my doctor and my heart had been high so they done an EKG after the panic attack and my heart rate was then at 120. They put me on a heart medication because the attacks were causing me to go into atrial fibrillation. So please be careful and if you have to take something DO NOT LET ANYONE MAKE YOU FEEL BAD ABOUT IT AND NO IT IS NOT JUST IN YOUR HEAD!!!!!




answers from Tulsa on

I have had PTSD, Generalized Anxiety, and Panic Disorder. I use my avoidance behaviors and can cope with life pretty well. I don't like being trapped at lights in an intersection so I avoid those intersections, I go around them by using residential roads, regular streets with many entrances to businesses. I don'tlike being trapped in a room so I always sit by the door or I don't go in and sit where I'mnot comfortable. I have to have my exit stratigy before i go someplace new so I often go first and check it out. I refulse to do jury duty and write on the notice "Do you need a letter from my Psychiatrist that I am unable to do this or will this letter be enough/" and I never get another response.

My advice to you is: You know your body is having issues and your behaviors are making the situation worse. Youneed to take some medicine that is over seen by your Doc. They will know the side effects and to manage your case they need to know what you are doing.

I took Trazadone and Klonapin too. I only took Klonapin PRN and only used one whole bottle in one year. My Doc doesn't like it and really hated giving it to me. She said it wasmore like a lucky rabbits foot since I really didn't takeit much.

Your body will eventually give up and stop having the panic. I haven't had a real panic attack in years but still deal with anxiety occassionaly but I really just don't put myself in situations I can't be comfortable in. Take your meds. Avoiding them will only prolong your recovery and keep you all stirred up.



answers from Detroit on

I have had anxiety before. I have gone to get what is called functional testing to see where all your vitamin and mineral levels are through blood work. You can call genova diagnostics and they will tell you of docs in your area that do testing. When I had my tests done they found out I had mercury poisoning and extremely low B vitamins. I take 1 grams of all the b vitamins a day. Like mega stress vitamins with tons of b. The doc I saw said he would use prescriptions if this did not work but in a few weeks I was 1000% better. I also received what is called a meyers cocktail IV push because it puts the vitamins in your blood stream immediately. I had one of those a week for 5 weeks. I asked the doc if I could have one every week until my kids go to college!! I still have to take mega dosages of B vitamins
I use those B's up fast because life is so stressful. Good luck



answers from Raleigh on

I feel so badly for you. I have the same thing. If you get anywhere with the natural products, can you let me know. I would love to learn from someone who experiences the same pain. I take Clonopin as well. The thing that helped me most was a Clonopin/Lamictal combo. It helps you not have such constant thoughts and worries. You also need to bump up your Clonopin for awhile. That's really not enough to do anything. I take the 2mg. It REALLY does help.



answers from Greensboro on

Hi N.,

I don't know specifics about Truehope but I do know the dangers of the synthetic meds. Weaning off of them will exacerbate symptoms worse than when you started on the medication. You are dealing with that right now.

Nutrition, in general, will help panic disorders as well as anxiety. My extended family has many problems with this and the ones that I have actually talked into trying an absorbable multivitamin/mineral complex have improved greatly. Our bodies are made of many many natural chemicals that work together. When things gets imbalanced from poor nutrition or the addition of synthetic chemicals things go haywire. If I were you I would try the Truehope. Make sure you give it some time as the antidepressants that you have been on will be in your system for a while. If the Truehope doesn't do enough get back to me and I can get you some other information. It's a shame that most doctors don't study enough about nutrition to know what direction to point you.

God bless,




answers from Louisville on

Hi N., I've felt some of what you are going thru and I just wanted to send you a hug of support! I've been having anxiety off and on depending on what is going on in my life, since in my 20's. Please just keep doing what you are doing...searching for answers. I KNOW you will find what will work for you so you can get back to being you. :) (I just started seeing a therapist for the first time in my 47 years for my anxiety.) Good for you, looking for an alternative. I'd do the same thing but if that isn't the silver bullet than you might want to try another med like these wise ladies have mentioned.
Keep praying~~ You're gonna figure this out! :)



answers from New York on

Hi N.,

First, I want to tell you I know exactly how you are feeling I have been there myself. I was in my mid thirties when it first hit me and lasted for a few years. During that time I drove my poor husband crazy. I am a very strong person by nature so becoming crippled by anxiety was devastating to me. I am convinced that my hormones played a big role in the imbalance going on in my body because I have been off of medication now for about 8 years and I just turned 50. I do not have an anxious day in my life and I can not explain to why or what happened to make the change. I went through probably 4 different medications with horrible side effects before one worked like a charm. Unfortunately the took it off the market so I was forced to wean off but I was fine. I was probably on medication for a minimum of 5 to 6 years and if it happened to me again I would have no problem going on again. This was not something I could control, believe me I tried. I consumed me and would literally wake me from a sound sleep. I had stomach issues because of it I was a wreck. Please, do not be afraid to try a different medication, once you find the right one you will be able to get a handle on your anxiety. I know there is a stigma that goes along with anti depressants but I did not care. Hey if I were a diabetic I would need insulin Right!!! If this is a chemical imbalance in your body you need the medication to help you feel better. Most times it will pass over time and in the meantime you will have relief and be able to function. I am not sure how old you were but the same thing is happening to my cousin in her mid thirties, and she has been to every doctor, had every test and everything comes up fine. Who knows what causes the imbalance but trust me it was there for me. I know how desperate you feel but take a deep breath, try to keep yourself busy, the more active you are the better you will feel. Keep saying to yourself I will not die from this, it cannot hurt me, I can overcome this. Your inner voice can help and can also hurt, so when you are feeling bad call someone and talk to them. Once I talked myself through the panic and realized that nothing bad happened to me that I did survive it I was able to handle it but the medication helped as well. Good luck and if you need to talk please reach out. I will pray for you, it will pass just as quick as it came it will go.



answers from Minneapolis on

I don’t know about Truehope, but I recently started taking Luminex for depression and anxiety. Do your research and look into further, but it may be something you could try. Luminex contains natural ingredients including St. Johns Wart, griffonia seed, folate, and vitamin B12, but I don’t think you can take it with other SSRI’s or other psychotropic medications. My husband and I both started Luminex this month and noticed a difference in the first couple of days. Let me know if you’re interested and I can help you get it. Hang in there mama!



answers from San Antonio on

If the medication you were taking did not help rid you of the anxiety then you were not on the correct dose or combination of medications. I can understand not wanting to be on SSRIs, I fought taking them for years and then after taking them (Paxil) with some help but still having panic attacks weaned myself off them due to the side effects.

I finally went to my doctor and told him about the side effects I was having that made me want to quit taking my Paxil. He switched me to Welbutrin and it is like night and day. I can go and do things with out the paralyzing fear. For the first time in years I can just get in my car and run to the store, go meet friends for coffee, etc. At my worst couldn't even leave my apartment to get the mail.

I hope the homeopathic will help and if it does please let me know.

I just am thankful to have my Welbutrin and Klonopin to take everyday so I can function. You wouldn't expect a diabetic to just stop taking insulin, so if you have a chemical imbalance that can be adjusted with medication why shouldn't you take advantage of the medication.

If you can't seem to stop the panic cycle use your Klonopin as directed to help get you to a calm place. At least until you get other help, but don't be afraid to call your doctor.

Sending you a huge HUG...I understand the terror too well.

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