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    I'm the Chief of Staff to a State Legislator.

    I'm the Chief of Staff to a State Legislator.
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    Lexapro was a lifesaver for me. Took awhile to...

    Lexapro was a lifesaver for me. Took awhile to kick in, but completely and utterly saved me. Went from daily panic attacks to a successful and fulfilling life. Have been on 15mg a day for 3 years and...
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    Relapse and Derealization

    On my second rough patch since being diagnosed with panic disorder 3 years ago. Managed well with therapy and lexapro, but occasionally I hit these weird weeks and I'm in the midst of one.
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    It's an anxiety symptom. It's amazing the...

    It's an anxiety symptom.

    It's amazing the wide variety of physical things anxiety can make you feel. Numb/weird limbs are one of them.

    When adrenaline starts to flow, your body prepares to...
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    Hahaha. Well as whacky as this sounds, my anxiety...

    Hahaha. Well as whacky as this sounds, my anxiety was quiet for two years and really kicked up this past week!

    I'll consider it a coincidence. Still funny!
  6. Marijuana was sort of the catalyst for my panic...

    Marijuana was sort of the catalyst for my panic disorder. The first big panic attack happened while smoking, and every day after it was off to the races...
  7. I visualize it as a staircase. I'm always on a...

    I visualize it as a staircase. I'm always on a certain step. Being on the first step is basically total relaxation. Halfway up the staircase at 5 is on edge, uncomfortable. An 8 is probably...
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    Damn Jesse I think you nailed it right on the...

    Damn Jesse I think you nailed it right on the head.



    That's exactly how I feel. I mean I'm putting up a good enough fight to not totally flip out, but I'm letting it creep back in to the point...
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    Didn't think I'd be back

    Hello all. Long time no see.

    Here's my story.

    Used to work crazy hours. Like 12 hour days, 7 days a week for months on end. I got to a point where I was under extreme stress. Like a dam about...
  10. That's a ton of Xanax. Have you been on it for...

    That's a ton of Xanax. Have you been on it for awhile? If you aren't already completely addicted, you will be soon.

    Do not under any circumstances stop taking it immediately- You will need to...
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    I have had an incredible experience with Lexapro....

    I have had an incredible experience with Lexapro.

    Very briefly- I've had minor panic attack issues during extreme-stress times at work for a year or two. This latest one was EXTREMELY stressful....
  12. Thread: Help

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    The answer is definitely YES. Eat healthy and...

    The answer is definitely YES. Eat healthy and exercise, and you can certainly lose weight. It may be a little harder but it's definitely possible.

    I think that although medication can have a side...
  13. Thread: The Choice

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    Do you have a psychiatrist? Could you speak with...

    Do you have a psychiatrist? Could you speak with them about trying to use it in a well regulated manner? Or maybe a different opiate with less potential for harm? Maybe you could balance out the need...
  14. Thread: Ativan? etc?

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    Ativan is incredible. It's definitely "as...

    Ativan is incredible. It's definitely "as needed". When I found myself needing a small dose (.5mg) daily I got on an antidepressant and almost never need it anymore.

    I would wake up and instantly...
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    Talk to your psychiatrist. A quick google...

    Talk to your psychiatrist.

    A quick google search shows these are both relatively common side effects of Paxil.

    See if a lower dose or other drug would work. Sometimes you just have to weigh...
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    This thread is full of fail.

    This thread is full of fail.
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    Terrible advice. You are just going to create a...

    Terrible advice. You are just going to create a self fulfilling prophecy (They think they are going to get anxious, which will make them anxious).

    Meds affect everyone differently. One persons...
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    Here's a guide I wrote about medication/starting...

    Here's a guide I wrote about medication/starting a dose. Some of the tips in there should make the transition easier.
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    Sticky: Bump to the top

    Bump to the top
  20. Thread: At a loss...

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    Sounds like you need to confront whatever...

    Sounds like you need to confront whatever happened, rectify it, or get it figured out. Not sure how possible it is but that's the obvious cause. Sounds like anyone would be anxious in your situation.
  21. Thread: Facebook

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    Facebook is great because it's so flexible- It's...

    Facebook is great because it's so flexible- It's up to you to choose how to use it- Meeting new people, checking out what old friends are up to, showing friends what you have been doing, playing...
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    Exercise has done nothing but spike my anxiety....

    Exercise has done nothing but spike my anxiety. Even the slightest physical exhaustion and I feel an immediate heightening of anxiety and very pronounced derealization. I think that "good feeling",...
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    I've had great success with Lexapro. Lower side...

    I've had great success with Lexapro. Lower side effects, supposedly will be easier to get off, and no more panic attacks!
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    Read "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins and...

    Read "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins and set yourself free.
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    Lexapro has been a miracle for me. Went from...

    Lexapro has been a miracle for me. Went from daily panic attacks and xanax use to being almost totally normal. I'd say my anxiety was a Level 7 before, now it's Level 1.5. Just a little bit higher...
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