Getting worse

My panic attacks are becoming more frequent and lasting longer. I have no living family and dont have any friends that would appreciate or understand a 2am phone call.

Its terrifying to have no one to talk to and wonder if you should be calling 911.

Anyone feel the same?

Im a 45 yr old female...

This started in my 30s and was reasonably under control...but as family members died and divorce has gotten almost unbearable in frequency and intensity...

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  • I am only 19 almost 20 and i already feel this way. I have lots of friends and family but i feel like they don't understand..

  • Hi overwhelmed....all is not lost. Are you on any kind of anxiety med? If not make sure you get some help. My first time around with panic attacks about 15 or 20 years ago, I fought them off by myself, telling myself that I have lasted this past 5 min., so I can make it through the next 5 as well..This time I got a prescription for ativan 1 mg tablets. It has helped greatly. I don't use a high dose but just the minimum to get me through. If you have to , don't be afraid to use 911...you will get help....keep your head up and don't give in.......we are your family....

  • Umpire: I too was able to stave off my panic for a good 3 years when I went through a series of traumatic events in my life----but it returned, and seems to last longer- recovery time takes longer. I thought as I aged and grew wiser and found other forms of help and learned more in depth of what I was going through that it would get better....but it hasn't. So I just keep moving and praying and keep in close contact with my doctor.

  • Why not get treated for the panic attacks? There's medicine for that. IMHO you could make an appointment with a psychiatrist who will manage your medication and also a good counselor to help you deal with this problem. In counseling you can learn how to desensitize yourself from the triggers that start panic attacks and get a good overall handle on your problems. Since you are so isolated without family support, having a counselor who is on your side will be a tremendous help. I've been on anti-anxiety meds for 29 years and it makes all the difference in my quality of life. There are also some self-help books and videos with ideas on how to handle your anxiety that other sufferers have found helpful. Ask me for more info if you're interested.

    Blessings...

  • You have a therapist? If not you need one to talk these things out of you. On meds? Luvox is supposed to help. Sorry to hear you are alone. If you explain to friends would they help?

  • I am 46 and feel the same way. There are ways of coping for sure, but please know you aren't alone in this. The most difficult part is not having the understanding of those closest to you. The great thing about this support group is the amount of encouragement and like-minded individuals who are able to help just by providing that support during panic and anxiety. Hang in there!!

  • Hi,

    I'm pretty alone here too.... I hope you can get through the night, sun's almost up again. I plan to go for a walk first thing tomorrow..

  • There's also hotlines you can call if you're alone and need to talk. That's a great alternative to 911 if it's not a medical emergency but still need help de-escalating immediately.

  • Hi Overwhelmed2021. If you haven't done so, get counseling immediately. If working, use your employer's EAP Program. Divorce and death are key triggers in panic attacks so get help! Don't feel afraid to call 911 if you need to.

  • Hi overwhelmed......I feel pretty much the same exact way as you. I am 42 and have been afflicted with panic attacks for 15 years now. Though I do have family, sometimes I too feel completely alone. I don't want to bother them with what seems like my constant battle with anxiety and depression, especially at just 2am when I'm crawling out of my skin. I am on meds. 20 mg (it was just upped from 10) generic lexapro and clonazepam as needed. And see a therapist every month (more if needed but my copay is so high)

    There are so many of us out there...suffering in our own silence.....so keep coming back to this forum. Listening to other people's experiences and supporting one another will give us hope. Even on days when we are feeling completely hopeless.

  • I feel the same way. I was adopted when I was 2 wks old. My adoptive mom was almost 60. All her children were grown, married and our of the house except her 2 oldest daughter's and her youngest who is mentally disabled. Growing up I was very close to all of them. They have all passed away now except my brother. The rest of my surviving siblings don't really reach out to me. I feel lost alone and anxious. It is very overwhelming.

  • Hello I'm 32, a mother of 3, and I've been married for 8 years. My family has recently relocated to a new state. We don't know anyone here. I am a stay at home mom. My husband has a job to where he is never home. I've always had a history of aniexty and postpartum depression, so far nothing has worked. I'll feel better for a little while, then suffer severe panic attacks for period. It's more severe before and after my menstrual cycle. It has gotten to the point where my blood pressure and health is being affected. I don't feel like I have anyone to talk to that won't judge me.

  • I understand the judged part... The attacks make me feel worthless.,weak and pathetic...

    Helped by a mother with little understanding or tolerance for mental disorders....

    I usually feel I should be able to control or stop it...and embarrassed and ashamed that I can't....

    People here are very supportive...and we all understand what is happening and the feelings...

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