• How do I deal with overwhelming depression, anxiety & panic attacks?

    Asked by mainely on Saturday, May 11, 2013

    How do I deal with overwhelming depression, anxiety & panic attacks?

    7 Answers from the Community

    7 answers
    • geekling's Avatar

      I wish I knew, truly.

      I have become a raw foodiist.

      Wheatgrass juice in the mornings followed by freshly made juices are, honestly, of a great big help.

      I have discovered that the better nutrition I give myself, the less intense are the d a and p attacks.

      Have faith.

      over 7 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar
      Tracy (Best Answer!)

      Talk to your doctor about this ASAP. It is not at all unusual and it can be very hard to cope with. You are in a war and we can develop a form of PTSD. All of these symptoms are all part of this. There are medications and groups to help, we have all been through this in one form or another. I can't tell you how much it helped me to have it identified. I could not sleep because of the anxiety and panic which contributed to the cycle of depression etc. There is no worse enemy to fight than your own body. If you need to talk please contact me, this can be destructive but it will get better. Take care of yourself - Tracy

      over 7 years ago
    • Gabba's Avatar

      I agree with Tracy wholeheartedly...you do not need to feel so hopeless and helpless...I suffered from PTSD before I had breast cancer and was on a low dose of an antidepressant...after my dx my PCP was smart enough to increase the dose for a few months and that really helped...I am now back to a lower dose...you need to ask for some help and relief from these symptoms...it is a sign of strength to realize when we need help...please call your oncologist or PCP...good luck and God bless!

      over 7 years ago
    • Ddancer's Avatar

      Good Morning,
      I am with you on this one, but I figured it out!!!!! I have kept busy. My collegues, friends can't believe what I'm doing and "how good I look" I go to work if I'm up to it. Do projects around the house. Enrolled in an online class. Communicate with friends, family, write thank you notes, AND if all else fails take half an anxiety med at night to sleep if I can't clear my head. I've only taken 4 halves in the past 5 months!

      No sugar, eat very well and walk when I can. Sure I have bad days, but go, go, go on my good days. I performed in a small dance presentation yesterday!!! Sure I'm tired and sore today, but I did it.

      I also have a great husband/caregiver who supports me. Do what you love and feel better! I have 3 treatments left. . . .I WILL GET THROUGH THEM and on to the next chapter, surgery, but I have a list of projects I want to do this summer at our home along the way. Had 2-3 panic attacks but those were early on. Knowledge is power for sure.
      All the best and let me know how you are.

      over 7 years ago
    • Outlier's Avatar

      Greeting mainely, 'Outlier' here:

      I have compassion for you.

      I appreciate the question you asked the community. I see your reaching out as you did as a positive and important part of taking care of your mental health.

      As you'll see in my Profile I have a history of Hodgkins Disease & CLL. My long term survivorship experience include[phone number redacted], Major Depressive Episode (see WhatNext Blog story: 3 time, 25 Year Survivor). Since late 2011, I've suffered mild depression, generalized anxiety and adjustment disorder. And I might add I've found living in long-term survivorship comes with it's own unfolding rewards & challenges.

      I'm not saying here there's any need for your depression to become a Major Depressive Episode like mine. Just sharing my story. I participated in one on one and group congnitive therapy. One period at a time Dr.'s had me take different meds for the depression.

      Since 11-12, I've seen a LCSW each month. Each month I look forward in meeting with them. Every time I go away from the session with perspective which allows me to move forward and even grow personally. Medication has not been prescribed for the mild depression, generalized anxiety and adjustment disorder. Over the last few months I've had a few what was for me very difficult episodes of anxiety. However, since 11-12, my overall mental health has improved.

      My daily survival or coping tools include: Bible study, prayer, long walks, listening to music, writing, reading, time with my wife. Times during any given week incudes time with family and close friends, and hanging out at the coast 1/2 weekend day. Monthly helps include my time with the LCSW.

      mainely, no need for you to suffer needlesly. I do think it would prove helpful for to immediatley you share all your signs and symptoms with the Dr. you choose. Whether that's your primary care physician, oncologist, etc.

      Feel free to comment on my post, and/or ask me any questions you may have.

      over 7 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      It's oddly funny but I do agree and quite forgot to mention exercise and movement as one is able. I live near the shore and find ocean dips are amazingly refreshing.

      I go to a "support group" but only sporadically because, in truth, I don't find support there. The people there, mostly taking prescription medication, talk about the symptoms of the medication and they stare at me with faces blank when I speak about raw emotions. They listen politely when I speak and then go back to their order of business and how to deal with their medications.

      I've seen several psychologists too. With one exception, they seemed to have worse problems than do I. The one exception was polite and interested but, in truth, was always a page behind me because he had zero experience with one such as me.

      But I found that with the raw & living food community, I find many folks who constantly and actively seek upliftment and are willing to try some really 'outre' methodologies in that pursuit. I also found that yoga is helpful as is an active session of meditation. Accupuncture is dandy (insurance won't cover) and certain herbs and teas are calming and/or healing and my general well being has improved.

      Don't be surprised or disappointed if much of what is said in this forum doesn't fit you but please do take heart in that each person can continue to look for help until he or she finds the right fit(s).

      Maybe there is a Gilda's Club near you? It is a bit more difficult to be depressed when you are offered free rein in a small palace.

      :-) Best wishes for recovered good health

      over 7 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Hugs. This is a natural reaction to having cancer and being in treatment. You may want to talk to your oncology team and ask them for a referral to a therapist who specializes in treating cancer patients. I was very lucky that the hospital i am being treat at has a free 12 week program, which I found really helpful. I also am able to get follow up visits as needed.

      In addition to finding someone to talk to about the impact of cancer on your life, you might want to get a Pharma consult. I did that last fall, i was put on low levels of xanax, lexapro, which i take every day. I also take a very low dose of sleeping medication as needed when insomnia strikes. I find that the doses i am on take the edge of my depression and anxiety and help a give that 10 sec time out that makes all the difference between being a screaming manaic and a rational person dealing with a difficult and/or unexpected situation.

      over 7 years ago

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