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Postby crimsonmonsoon » Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:15 am

Hello, I'm here today because my fiance is suffering from something akin to severe panic disorder but myself, her family, and professionals are completely at a loss. For some background...my fiance is a recovering heroin addict who's been clean for about a year. Recently she has developed severe panic attacks that start at random without any sort of trigger and will leave her screaming, crying, pacing, thoughts of hurting herself. She has been to the psychiatric hospital numerous times over the past two months. Whenever she is in the hospital she's completely fine with no anxiety. But as soon as she's out of the hospital, it starts back up again. She'll have some days where she's okay but shortly followed is another episode of the screaming, crying, hyperventilating, vomiting, etc. It is literally like the exorcist when she goes through these episodes. She is constantly vomiting and has not been able to eat or drink for days at a time and also has chronic back pain. She's been to so many hospitals and had all kinds of scans and tests and nothing physically wrong can be found. It's gotten to the point where she is waking me up at early hours of the morning begging me to take her to the hospital. We have been to every single hospital in our area so much that they refuse to help her now. I recently dropped her off at the hospital she's previously been admitted at and they refused her service and escorted her from the property. She then was laying on the side of the road screaming and crying and I had to pick her up. She is terrified of taking showers and hasn't brushed her hair in weeks. She doesn't brush her teeth or take care of any other hygiene because it causes her anxiety. She's on a lot of medications but this has been a constant problem and NOTHING is helping. The one thing that is so frustrating to me is that whenever she's in a psych hospital she's completely fine with no issues. When she's out in the "real world" I guess you could say, all HELL breaks loose. I have no idea what to do or how to help her and am very worried of her relapsing because she's in so much pain and having so much anxiety she cannot stand it anymore and would rather be using than go through this. I don't know what to do and am at a total loss and her doctor has not been much help. We are currently working with a social worker to get her into IOP and DBT but there's a waiting list. Someone please tell me what I can do to help her, or help me make sense of this, because I nor anyone else has any clue what the hell to do anymore.
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Re: Need some serious advice - panic disorder

Postby Wally58 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:46 am

I remember being on a waiting list myself. Keep your place in line and have them call you if anyone cancels or if you can get moved up in line. Let them know that this is an emergency.
It was an anxious and 'white-knuckle' time for me, but I was told to hang on and I finally made it.
Obviously further diagnosis is necessary here and it doesn't sound 'physical' to me as the bouts appear or disappear due to 'hospital' surroundings.
I begged them not to discharge me from a hospital once because I knew that I would be back out on the streets and crazy again.
They saw this as a real and desperate desire for recovery and arranged for me to enter an inpatient recovery program. Outpatient wasn't working for me. It was at a time when I was very weak and vulnerable.
Is she currently on any meds? They were reluctant to trust me with meds due to my past abuse, but I pledged to use them as prescribed and was monitored closely. It was found that the same medication that treated my depression also treated my panic.
I am grateful for the second chance and the people who listened to me. For the first time in my life, it truly made me believe that a loving and caring higher power existed. It saved my life.
Hang on. I hope that help is on the way. You have to believe that it can work.
Best of luck to you both. :D
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