My Relationship With Acute Anxiety Medication
When I am having a panic attack, I have a medication I take to help me calm down. I carry these prescribed pills with me and keep a supply in my house and car. I only take this medication when I am positive a panic attack is occurring. It is an acute treatment, not a daily regimen. As you’d expect, the panic and anxiety medication has side effects.
I have tried to prevent panic attacks from occurring since I first realized what they were. My relationship with acute anxiety medication has evolved over the years. I started panic disorder treatment by taking a daily anxiety medication and discussing the issue in therapy. This, coupled with my lived experience, has helped reduce the amount of full-blown panic attacks significantly.
Panic Reduction is not Panic Elimination
But panic reduction is not panic elimination. In the average month, I will have at least one full-blown panic attack. My knees buckle, my vision blurs, my heart beats faster, my mind races so fast I can’t string together a sentence, and my entire body bursts into a gigantic ball of sweat. I have literally soaked through a pair of jeans to the point where I can wring liquid from them.
I have a medicine I take that will curb the panic attack and help alleviate the symptoms, but it makes me very loopy and light-headed. In the period after taking this medicine I have said many odd things.
Howard, G. (2014, May 13). My Relationship With Acute Anxiety Medication, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, June 20 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/anxiety-schmanxiety/2014/05/my-relationship-with-acute-anxiety-medication