My Psychiatrist doctor took me off all other psych medications except Abilify and Effexor XR. Soon, I was anxious and depressed or manic. I am going through drug withdrawals. My PCP increased the dosage on other medications to compensate. They make me sleepy, and if I resist, I am a hungry eating machine, like eating a whole bag of sugar-free cookies in one day. This is Not good. I feel out of control and later ashamed and guilty.
Currently, I’m still feeling out of sync with my increased eating but have switched to fruit instead of cookies; it’s still calories that I don’t need. My sweet grandson shared a dozen of his squishy steeming animals to help with my anxiety attacks. I’m going to reach out to my psychiatrist before our appointment date. I can’t continue this way and sabotage my weight loss; as it is, I’ve gained 13 pounds this month.
Anxiety attacks can be from a mild sense of feeling overwhelmed. Something like needing to get lunches made for school children and noticing that the sink is nearly full of dishes again or the floor needs to be mopped (again) can cause anxiety. (Breathe Kat). Listening to someone complain about “not being able to” find their shoes, car keys, wallet, or having their shirt on backward can send me over the edge into a full-blown panic attack. By this time the sitting and deep breathing techniques have stopped helping. but I continue it anyway
The impulse to lash out at someone is hard to squelch; it isn’t anyone’s fault that I am feeling this way. Talking to myself and getting up and working on the above tasks does help redirect my impulses, I begin to calm down and make it a while or perhaps all day without another episode. Because of the panic attacks, I am exhausted and have to rest to regain my equilibrium and attitude of happiness.
Mayo Clinic Symptoms
Panic attacks typically begin suddenly, without warning. They can strike at any time — when you’re driving a car, at the mall, sound asleep or in the middle of a business meeting. You may have occasional panic attacks, or they may occur frequently.
Panic attacks have many variations, but symptoms usually peak within minutes. You may feel fatigued and worn out after a panic attack subsides.
Panic attacks typically include some of these signs or symptoms:
Sense of impending doom or danger
Fear of loss of control or death
Rapid, pounding heart rate
Trembling or shaking
Shortness of breath or tightness in your throat
Dizziness, lightheadedness or faintness
Numbness or tingling sensation
Feeling of unreality or detachment
One of the worst things about panic attacks is the intense fear that you’ll have another one. You may fear having panic attacks so much that you avoid certain situations where they may occur.
When to see a doctor
If you have panic attack symptoms, seek medical help as soon as possible. Panic attacks, while intensely uncomfortable, are not dangerous. But panic attacks are hard to manage on your own, and they may get worse without treatment.
Panic attack symptoms can also resemble symptoms of other serious health problems, such as a heart attack, so it’s important to get evaluated by your primary care provider if you aren’t sure what’s causing your symptoms.