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So scared

I'm terrified. I can't stop panicking I don't know what to do. I'm on new medication for my anxiety but it's only been 3 days so it's not working yet. I am constantly panicking. I feel like I'm losing my mind. I don't want to be crazy but what if I am?? Nothing calms me down anymore. I'm so freaked out. Everything is too much. I can't breathe. I can't handle anything. Help me.

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I'm on 5 milligrams of escitalopram and I take it every other day

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No I don't think so

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I'll try that right now. I've never tried it before

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It calmed me down a bit, thank you. I'm still a bit panicked though, I don't know what to do with myself anymore

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No, what's that?

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Ooh ok, thank you! You're such a sweet person ❤️

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Can we talk right now?

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Yeah that would be great, thank you

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Many times new meds can make anxiety worse. But I would immediately call your doctor. You could be experiencing a side effect. Please call your doctor. My son his having side effects from a new depression med.

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It can take time for any medication to help but if you feel like its not working or helping please do contact your doctor to see if it needs adjusting in anyway but know some meds can take 4-6 weeks to take effect. In the meantime here are a few things I do to help myself which may help you too:

Mindfulness and meditation there are loads of audios on youtube and best listened to with headphones

adult colouring books

music that you can sing along to and dance to- getting moving helps release the adrenaline and fight or flight response in panic attacks

doing puzzles something that is quite taxing on the brain

do you also have a crisis line you can call when your suffering from severe anxiety/panic attacks? just having someone to talk to also helps

Im in a similar situation to yourself and anxiety is through the roof, so know how you feel same as most people here too which sometimes help knowing your not alone. Hope you get some relief all the best.

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I do a few things, when I have that nervous energy I walk until I shake it off, if I can't do that I visualize a chalk board and I write a high number and I write it on the board I erase and continue to visualize the numbers being written but counting backward, or try to do a math problem... Studies have shown you can't have anxiety attacks and do math... I thinks it's the same part of the brain. Good luck!

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