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Thanks guys. I'll try to address everyone. :)

KShortie, I found that the Xanax/Zoloft combination worked for me for a while, and I was actually able to work for 4 months. But once again, the downward spiral started. I'd been on the combo for about 6 months before I started working, and thought to myself, "OK, this is good. I can do this!" And, I did... for 4 months. Then I couldn't do it anymore. I found any excuse in the book to call out, go in late, get off early... you name it, I did it. *sighs*

alphamale... I actually do take Inderal. I have high blood pressure and have been on 80mg of Inderal a day since 1999. I have other health issues and take meds for them as well. (Just started those in April.) So, I guess "technically", for the anxiety you can say I'm on Xanax, Zoloft, AND the Inderal since it serves a dual purpose for me. My neurologist is the one that put me on it in 1999 because I was having terrible migraines, and he's the one that figured out it was the high blood pressure causing them. I do remember him mentioning to me that it might help with the panic attacks as well. Another thing that doesn't help is that I also have mitral valve prolapse. It's not really bad, and never has been... but when I feel the panic attack coming on and can't talk myself out of it the first thing that comes into my head is "What if this really IS a heart attack?" Which makes the fear worse, which makes my chest hurt worse, which makes me think FOR SURE this is a heart attack... yeah, it's one big revolving door that I'm stuck slap-dab in the middle of and can't get out of. Fear feeds the panice, the chest pain feeds my fear... I know the cycle and I do my damnedest to break it, but sometimes it just doesn't work.

bogmallo... Thanks for your kind words. I do relaxation techniques myself. Not yoga though. I don't think I'm physically able to tie myself up in a pretzel and get out of it again without another's aid! LOL I do, however, do guided meditations, and I have plenty of CD's and tapes that have nature sounds and such that I use. When I first tried it, I freaked out so much I couldn't do it. I'd use the guided meditation tapes, and of course they tell you to focus on your breathing, on your heartbeat, etc. NOT a good thing to tell a person with a panic disorder that focuses on those things CONSTANTLY! Eventually though I overcame that fear, and now I rely on them extensively. And yes... no one has ever died of a panic attack. :) But dang, they make you think you are.

Chantel... Oh, how I've been there and done that. My husband and I have been together since September of 2000. In all that time we've never been apart. Now though, he's in TN and I'm still here in Missouri for about another month or so. I have my 11 year old daughter with me, but it's just not the same. A friend of mine volunteered to come and stay with me for a few days, so she's here now and that does give me a sense of security, but not like my "safe person" does. Bless her heart, she's been there for me through a lot of this and I dunno what I'd do without her, but she doesn't fully understand what I go through. I don't think anyone that's never had panic attacks truly does.

What's REALLY going to be fun is moving to TN. I will have to get in that car and travel for 8 hours. No if's, and's or but's about it. I'm excited and terrified at the same time, and I flip-flop every day. Today's been a farily good day for me so far. Not a lot of anxiety... I think that's because my friend is here though. We'll see how it goes once darkness falls though. That's the really bad time for me.

Thanks for all the talk. It really does help me to get it out sometimes. :wave:

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