Hi. my name is michael and this is my first time on a blog like this. I have been struggling with serious anxiety my whole life. it seems like a kind of had it under control for a long time up until about 4 months ago. I lost my job and quickly got into financial trouble and for some reason this time i just kind of caved in and could not deal with it. I went to a professional and he prescibed klonepin for anxiety and gabbapentum for sleeping (sorry for mispelling of meds) I stayed on the klonepin for about 3.5 months and then went cold turkey to get off. Man was that hard. I did however stay on the gabbapentum until about 5 days ago mainly because it was starting to make me feel anxious the next morning. I also have just moved to another state to try and get myself in a better environment to find a job at the same time. Last night it seems like all the terror I thought I had kinda gotten under control came back with a vengeance. I am totally panic stricken now and really don't know what I should do. I am afraid to take the gabbapentum tonight but I don't think I can endure another night like last night. I have not slept a minute in the last 36 hours. Can someone please help me to figure out what I should do?

  1. cassangel69 9 years ago

    I am so sorry that you are going through this and I completely relate. I was just recently released from a 10 day stay at a crisis center. My anxiety and panic attacks were completely out of control. They immediately gave me Vistaril which is an antihistamine they use to calm anxiety and it does work and now I have had 13 days of Zoloft. You can also do deep breathing exercises – 4 in through nose and 4 out through mouth, abdominal breathing. I never wanted to take meds and have had anxiety for over 20 years but just couldnt deal with it anymore and came to accept that I have a chemical imbalance in my brain. My counselor told me tramatic events in our life reduce serontin in our brains (seronin gives us happy feelings) and I have had alot of bad stuff happen to me – so hopefully the Zoloft will help me with my serotonin. I hope this helped some – I wish you relief and peace – you are not alone <3

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  2. cassangel69 9 years ago

    p.s. If the Gabapentin is prescribed to you and has helped you sleep in the past. I would myself take the correct prescribed dose and get some rest. You can as hope4me mentioned call your local pharmacist to be sure. They are quite knowledged and helpful =)

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  3. cassangel69 9 years ago

    I agree with Redrhapsody =) Good advice =) I dont know anything about Gabapentin so her advice sounds good =) and like she said just try to breath and think of a happier peaceful place. I love the beach at sunset. I hope you get some sleep and much needed rest =)

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