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Originally posted by Ops4Ops
After being stuck in the Dominion Tower building, located next to the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina, (and then 5 days after the storm waiting for the water to reside) I began to experience major anxiety and panic attacks.
I have taken the medications over the years that were prescribed, but am proud to say that for the past few years I have been meds free! However on occasions I still get the occasional panic attack and anxiety just out of the blue. Often they are triggered by a memory, or when things seem to be getting overbearing. Stress over these things seem to be the main ingredient for Anxiety with the result of a Panic Attack in my opinion.
A few nights ago I experienced the worst panic attack in years. I just couldn't get it together, so my freaked out boyfriend took me to the local ER. The doctor there said it was all in my mind and gave me a shot of Benedryl, and sent me on my way. Oh she also said there was no way she would prescribe a controlled substance so don't even ask? (like I was faking to get drugs or something, which made me feel worse and panic more)
A few days later I went to see my regular doctor whom was very upset with how I was treated in the ER and reassured me it is a REAL thing, and many people suffer from Anxiety and there are many methods and treatments out there for it and Panic attacks as well.
My thoughts are this, Is my Anxiety/Panic Attacks something I could just make my mind say STOP. Are they real, because they sure do feel real when they happen? Why are some doctors so Anti-Anxiety? Is it really a mind control thing? Just putting this all out there and wanna hear what others opinions are......
Originally posted by jazkaat
reply to post by Ops4Ops
I'm dealing with the exact same issue with my wife. and have had Doctors tell her the same thing. "it's a natural feeling, you just need to learn how to process it." ... obviously it's not something they have EVER experienced. sorry I don't have any miracle cure for you, I know what it's like. my suggestion, continue with your primary doctor, and look for a counselor/group to work through the remaining feelings that trigger your attacks...
Anxiety Disorders categorize a large number of disorders where the primary feature is abnormal or inappropriate anxiety. Everybody has experienced anxiety. Think about the last time a loud noise frightened you and remember the feelings inside your body. Chances are you experienced an increased heart rate, tensed muscles, and perhaps an acute sense of focus as you tried to determine the source of the noise. These are all symptoms of anxiety. They are also part of a normal process in our bodies called the 'flight or flight' phenomenon. This means that your body is preparing itself to either fight or protect itself or to flee a dangerous situation.
These symptoms become a problem when they occur without any recognizable stimulus or when the stimulus does not warrant such a reaction. In other words, inappropriate anxiety is when a person's heart races, breathing increases, and muscles tense without any reason for them to do so. Once a medical cause is ruled out, an anxiety disorder may be the culprit.
Disorders in this Category
Acute Stress Disorder
Agoraphobia (with or without a history of Panic Disorder)
Generalized Anxiety Disorder [GAD]
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder [OCD]
Panic Disorder (with or without Agoraphobia)
Phobias (including Social Phobia)
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD]
In some cases, anxiety is a diagnosable mental health condition that requires treatment. Generalized anxiety disorder, for example, is characterized by persistent worry about major or minor concerns. Other anxiety disorders — such as panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) — have more specific triggers and symptoms. In some cases, anxiety is caused by a medical condition that needs treatment.
Whatever form of anxiety you have, medications, counseling or lifestyle changes can generally help.