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18 Apr 2006

Panic attacks
Hi Doc,

I am 50 years old, I have been living on my own for 2 years. In January I suffered two bad falls. One of them right here at work. Now since about 3 weeks I suffer panic attacks everytime I have to leave my home. I just shy away from the shops and it really is a major effort to go to work, every morning I want to phone in sick, but I make myself go. If there meds that I can take? I have no money for counselling and I don't think I would get time off work to go to counselling anyway. Why is this happening and what can I do about it? I have not felt this way before.

Thank you.
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01 Jan 0001

You are not an idiot at all, and that you even think of yourself that way is a problem in itself. Nobody chooses to have panic attacks just for the fun of it. If you are on medical aid at work, you CAn afford to see a shrink ; and anyway, a few sessions ought to be affordable. You need a proper assessment from a shrink to establish the real nature of the problems, and then some antidepressants might help, as well as CBT-style counselling. And your work is required by law to provide reasonable time off to see doctors in relation to any health problem you may have
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