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Panic Attacks?
Oct 26, 2003
I'm 25, and have 3 children, all under the age of 7. I'm a stay at home mom, with 1 in school. I'm around the two youngest (2 and 5) all day, every day. I'm [i]usually[/i] fine around just the kids.

However, at night, when my husband gets home, and when my oldest gets home, the house seems like it's in chaos. The kids are running around together, being loud. Hubby turns his music on, or tv, and then turns it up to hear it over the already loud kids.

Then it seems like they all start asking me something at once. Hubby will try talking to me when one or two of the kids run up and start asking me something while he's talking. Instead of waiting, they all just seem to get louder and louder. My head starts to get all swimmy and dizzy, and I can't 'hear' anything any of them is saying. They just keep talking, and I just feel like screaming. I can't breath, I can't concentrate, I just feel walls closing in. :(

At home, it happens about once a night, and usually only for about 10 minutes, where I have to walk around to relieve the nervous energy that builds up.

Other times it happens is when I'm in a crowded building. I can't go into a school to pick my daughter up at the end of the day. I have to wait in my car, or let her ride the bus home. There's too many kids, and they're loud, and they are going in every direction at once.

Grocery shopping I can't do alone during busy hours. If I go, I try to go to small small places with few people, or I go grocery shopping after 10 at night, when I know it won't be as busy. If I'm with my husband, that means all 3 kids, and they all want something, and my 2 year old wants out of the cart, and there are people stepping in front of you, or not moving out of the way, and I can't breath. I feel like I'm going to pass out, I get so dizzy. I have to stand there with my eyes closed, breathing through my nose, and trying to block everything out. :(

When all of these feelings happen, I get so confused. I don't get upset, or angry. I don't feel the paranoia that I've read in some posts. I just can't concentrate when it happens, and I can't remember what I was doing, where I was headed, what I'd already done. I know who I am, and who those around me are, but aside from that, I could be a freakin rocket scientist and not know it for a few minutes.

I got perscribed wellbutrin a few days ago for anxiety, panic attacks, and depression.

I have to know, though... do these feelings ever go away?

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