I have been dealing with panic attacks and anxiety for almost a year now. About two months after the birth of my daughter, I was sitting at a stop light when I experienced my first panic attack. I had just recently returned to work and was bringing my daughter to work with me. I had just picked up my two boys from summer school/daycare and was heading home and experienced the first attack while sitting at the stop light. It came out of nowhere. Over the evening and next morning I wasn't feeling any better and went to the ER to have tests ran. That is when they diagnosed me with the panic attacks. After a visit to my doctor, I was given Xanax. I had a depressive reaction to the Xanax and was then put on Lexapro. The Lexapro took some getting use to but it worked for a few months. I took myself off the Lexapro this past January and was feeling okay. Ever since last summer when the first panic attack happened, I have been fighting daily with negative thoughts of there being something else wrong with me. I have had TMJ problems, neck and back pains and the fuzzy, dizzy head feeling. I just can't seem to pull myself out of a fog of thinking that there is something more wrong with me than just a panic/anxiety disorder. I had a major set back in early May and had two major panic attacks while driving in the car. This has caused me to be fearful of driving. I am lucky enough to have a job that has been working with me on giving me some time off to deal with adjustments to new medications and taking some time for myself. Needless to say, I still can't pull myself together. Every moment of the day is centered around how I feel. I know it has affected my family. I don't go many places because I don't feel safe anywhere but at home. My husband is an amazing man and father and has been taking on most of the responsibilities of our family life and chores. I do have good days. But I have more bad days than good. What I need help with is if anyone else has had to go through this and some suggestions on how to turn my negative thinking into positive thinking. I am starting to see a psychologist but would love some advice, suggestions, etc. from other moms. Thank you!
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