OK, I've read about 1,000 nothingman posts now where he goes into detail about his medication regimen for panic attacks and other anxiety related issues, and I really think there's a chance that a larger % than average on this board may have similar issues. I do. I figure, hey, this stuff is becoming increasingly common and no one talks about it too much. Apart from Zach, that is.
So, let this be an OPEN forum for discussions of this stuff. I personally am at peace enough with myself and stuff that I don't care if you make jokes, provide way TMI about your issues or ridicule those who do. This should be a crazy open and let it out thing.
Anyway, I'm going to start by saying I get panic attacks on a very, very irregular basis. They often lead me to become mentally weakened where I spend a great deal of time worrying about further, longer lasting attacks. Sometimes the fear becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and I'm down deep and hard. I get incredibly drowsy, nothing I typically enjoy is worthwhile and I worry I'm going to the nuthouse for good and screw up my kids. This lasts usually no more than two days and I'm suddenly 100% OK with no symptoms at all. Lately, I've been reacting to the panic attacks more naturally and just let the shit ride and don't obsess over them. It's taken a change in perspective to do that.
On to the meds - I currently take 1 mg of xanax to help prevent panic attacks. .25 in the morning, .25 at 4-5 p.m. and .5 mg before I go to bed. Zach, what do you make of that dosage. I've noticed bad effects when attempting to jump off too quickly. I'd rather not take it at all but it does seem to work and I don't have the need to go up ever.
Anyway...let's discuss and let our inner child out.