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Hi

I suffer from horrible anxiety, panic attacks and hypochondria. Recently, because of something that happened, my anxiety has been going crazy and so I have been self-medicating with alcohol. While I definately do not like using alcohol, sometimes I get so desparate that I'm willing to do almost ANYTHING just to make the horrible anxiety go away :dizzy:

Anyway, I have been on a 4-5 day drinking binge in which I have consumed about a case of beer every evening. After drinking yesterday, I went right to bed without taking my usual Ativan (or any other meds). Well, at about 1:30AM I woke up with unbelievable anxiety. I sat at my computer feeling completely out-of-it, my stomach burned like fire, I had explosive diarrhea (sorry, gross I know), I felt shakey, it felt like I could'nt catch my breath and I kept swallowing over and over again and had the "constricted/lump-in-throat" sensation. Every now and then I would get an adrenalin surge and my heart would race a little bit too. As I sat there, I started thinking I had some horrible disease and that only made me freak out even more :eek:

It's been over an hour now since I took an Ativan and an antacid. While I sure don't exactly feel "good" at the moment, I guess I might feel a little better than I did. I guess my question here is this: has anyone else ever self-medicated with alcohol and awoke in the middle of the night with horrible anxiety/panic attack (and any or all the symptoms I mentioned)?. This attack really knocked the wind out of my sails and I am still reeling from it. Please help me if you can. I need someone to talk to right now so bad :(

Thank you, LT





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