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24 Oct 2006

Panick attacks
Recently (good couple of months ago) I began suffering from panick attacks that are pretty severe.. I get them mostly when I drive anywhere, to the extent where I just prefer to stay at home instead. And I do. I havent really left my house much, only to go to the shop, and even thats become hard for me.

I wanted to know.. if I go for counselling, what can I expect from the first appointment? How long will it take until i notice a difference with CBT? What is the diff between antidepressants and natural remedies like Rescue Remedy? (sorry I realise its a few too many questions...)

I hate feeling drowsy, and not in control.. so how does this compare to what the effects of antidepressants have? How do they actually make you feel? And are they at all dangerous??

Would really help me soooo much if you could answer these q's for me doc... greatly appreciated!!!

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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

CBt should help, and without taking months --- if you do the required homework, you should notice a difference within weks. "Natural remedies" are not in the least natural, and don't work for this kind of condition --- and to the extent that they do work, they do so because we expect them to work. The aim of the meds, and the CBT is to help you regain control, not to lose it, so you should appreciate the effects. They should not be dangerous, used properly. And of course, once you see your chosen srink, ask these questions again, to be even clearer about the answers, and to feel more confident in the planned therapy.
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