Stop Panic Attacks Without Medication

Since I started blogging about my panic experiences and how I overcame them, one of the things I get asked about most is whether or not I had to take meds. And the answer is yes, for a while I did. But regardless of whether you have to take them for a while, just know that curing panic attacks and agoraphobia is all in you. You're 100% capable of doing it. I know it's difficult, but a life free of panic and fear is possible, just hang in there, life will get so much better when this terrible period is behind you.

Having said that, I should say that this is just my personal experience and in no way should it be used in place of professional medical advice. What I did, worked for me, and my advice can serve to give you ideas of whats possible, but use your judgment. Second, If you're taking medication, only stop taking it when both you and your doctor feel it's appropriate.

Now back to the question at hand, the answer is yes. In fact, I believe from what I've seen in myself and others, that it's the only way to stop panic attacks once and for all. The reason being simply that medication is a crutch, sure it may help you settle down, especially in the beginning, when you just can't get your mind to sit still. I remember, feeling like I was going to explode when I first found myself in a near permanent panic state. I don't mean an occasional panic attack, that's how things started out of course, but by the time it had reached its peak, I was in panic attack mode nearly 24/7. Seriously, completel hysteria, I don't think I would have been possible for me to overcome my panic and agoraphobia at that time. I couldn't even think straight cause my mind felt so out of whack, let alone rationalize things out! Something had to be done, just to stabilize me.

During the first year or so I was put on xanax and antidepressants. Did I like it? No, but I really feel that at that time it was necessary. I spent about a year or so, alternating between different medications, never truly at peace but at least able to function. But after a certain point, I came to the conclusion that I hated having this crutch, I hated the way the meds made me feel, I absolutely wasn't about to live the rest of my life continually putting chemicals into my body! So, over the course of a few weeks, maybe a month or two, I slowly weaned myself off of them. Life felt so miserable, and I'm sure that me knowing that I was coming off the meds made it worse. Panic attacks are all in the mind, I bet if someone had started feeding me placebos, I wouldn't even have noticed.

I continued struggling with my conditions for years. Some days were better than others, sometimes two steps forward, one back and sadly sometimes one step forward and two or three steps back, till eventually I did manage to overcome my panic through learning the right mental attitude. But every bit of improvement that I made was mine, not the medication's. That's something I remember feeling so proud of, then and now. Beating panic attacks and agoraphobia is a mental game, and small victories are important. When you feel that you've made some progress and you know you've done it on your own, that's something to be proud of, even if sometimes we need a bit of a crutch in the beginning, the goal is to make it to the finish line on our own. And with the right mental attitude, the finish line is in sight, you just have to hang in there, life will get sooooo much better when it's all over.

I hope that little bit of info helps. I also have a blog that I keep to chronicle how I overcame my panic attacks and agoraphobia in case anyone one would like to check it out. Not sure if I can post links on this forum but it’s (Live-Panic-Free) followed by “Dot” and the usual 3 characters you find at the end of a site.
Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566
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2 Responses Jan 6, 2013

Hi Singmeas, No worries, try to avoid those worrying thoughts, but i know they can be quite bothersome. My best advice would be to just chill out, not try and run from them. Recognize that it's just a temporary adrenaline rush, that always fades after a few moments. What you're experiencing is the fight or flight response. For some reason, your mind is perceiving danger even if it's not there, kind of like a child who's afraid of the dark. Since there's nothing to fight with or run from, your mind may start inventing things to fear. If you just chill out, recognize it for what it is and know that it will pass, before you know it, it does.Also, try and avoid meds as much as possible. Talk to your doctor first of course and listen to his advice above mine, but meds can become an unnecessary crutch in many cases. Just relaxing is the best treatment! I hope that helps, let me know how your trip to Europe goes. I love going overseas, spent several years in Barcelona myself. After my panic attacks of course!

Hello,
This was very nice to read.
I just started developing panic attacks this past year.
I was sitting on the train and all the sudden out of nowhere, I felt suffocated and nervous. I didn't know if I was going to puke or pass out. My hands started tingling, and I had never felt that way before. When I walked outside of the train to get air, I felt a lot better but I still was terrified. I didn't know what was happening.
Ever since then, I have been on and off panicky.

I started taking klonopin. I don't take it often because It makes me stoned pretty much.

I have been trying to figure out ways to cope, because I really, really, really don't want to have to take medicine all the time.

I had a panic attack earlier today and was able to get through it without taking any medicine, but, i am going to Europe for the first time and am very nervous that I am going to be taking the klonipin all the time.

I don't want that.

Do you have any suggestions?Or anywhere I can read for tips.
If not, I understand- i just don't want to be worried about being worried the whole time.

Thank you! :-)