Good question about if the brain goes thru these episodes and do we need meds. I never had anxiety like this ever in my life until about a year ago. Had my first panic attack last winter. I tried buspar - HORRIBLE side effects that I couldn't handle. I have ativan but I can't take it daily as it does strange things to me. I become so sedated and heavy feeling, weak that I can't do anything. And I'm only talking .25mg. a day. I'm VERY sensitive to meds.
I see a chiropractor who is a holistic doc and he has me on a GABA product called PharmaGaba pro and I take 5-HTP at night. The HTP took away the gloomy's that I was having. Took about a week and now they are gone. I'm so HOPING the GABA stuff works on my anxiety. I do feel a calmness (a mild calmness) 30 min. after taking it.
I also have a prescription for compazine for nausea. I get anxiety induced nausea. The compazine also calms me down.
If all this doesn't work well enough, my last resort will be AD's. My GP wants me to try Lexapro but I'm so afraid of side effects. But I want to try this other stuff first.
Thanks for writing... what is this stuff you are taking supposed to do?
You say the HTP took away the gloomy's. What do you mean by that?
Also, I did take lexapro last year. It did help, although I did have sexual side effects, but that is the least of my worries right now. lol.
Heyy..well besides the sexual side effects lol I think you should try lexapro again. My dr. Seems to think its great for anxiety/depression and it doesn't make u feel so gloomy or tired..although everyone reacts different to things..how did it make u feel last time?