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15-03-2012 08:45 #51
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15-03-2012 09:16 #52
Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. When the psych said about the deep breathing- maybe they worded it wrong? I was told by a doctor to breath deep and slowly when I feel a panic attack coming on, it is physically impossible to have a panic attack if you are breathing deeply. It has to do with the oxygen levels in your blood. But I too would have been angry if someone had told me that. And if they truly think that deep breathing will 'solve' anxiety they have no idea!
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15-03-2012 10:03 #53
Good to hear you are making progress People need to realise that you can't help mental illness. I have been called a psycho because of mine *rolls eyes* I guess they make fun of what they don't understand.
Big hugs to you and all the best for your recovery
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16-03-2012 20:22 #54I was told by a doctor to breath deep and slowly when I feel a panic attack coming on, it is physically impossible to have a panic attack if you are breathing deeply.
Trust me, you can deep breath and experience terror like you've never known over some irrational fear that will never make sense and still think that you're going to die. You can still breath deeply, cry and ask aloud when sleep will come to you while you're crawling the walls and wondering why you're feeling dizzy...because you're breathing so deeply.
They tried new medication yesterday and it appears to be working. I was calm and happy today and now that night approaches, my usual anxiety is missing. I approach tonight carefully but with more hope than before.
Does anyone have any experiencing having a baby while on anti-psychotic, mood stabilising, tranquilising drugs?
I was advised today that my baby will suffer from withdrawal symptoms from the drugs I've been taking. As per usual, it was vague as they said they didn't really know what I was supposed to expect. My treating psych is confident that my symptoms will disappear after birth so it is expected I will stop taking what I'm taking now in due course and they'll then slap me on anti-depressants.
Any feedback from mums who've gone through something antenatally and post partum would be great. Thanks.
17-03-2012 08:51 #55Member
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Although I have not personally experienced what you are currently (successfully) dealing with, I have been involved with newborns who are 'withdrawing' from certain medications. The observation period after birth is dependent on what meds you have been prescribed,however the most common effect is drowsiness, and slightly decreased responsiveness. Baby won't cry as much, need a bit more encouragement with eating due to drowsiness, that's pretty much all. The drugs are usually not addictive, so no counter medication is required. Best idea is to ask your obstetrician next time you see them, and calmly but firmly ask all your questions, even write them down before hand. I am having a straight forward pregnancy, and I ended up having a dummy spit because the ruddy obstetrician did not want to answer my questions fully, felt like I was being shoved out- or at least they tried! The dummy spit was effective, and actually got talked to as a human being, as opposed to yet another pregnant woman who is just paranoid! Stay strong, and good luck.
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17-03-2012 11:45 #56
I'm really sorry if what I said offended you, i honestly didn't mean it too. I found that what the doctors said made sense, and I would still have the thoughts etc still going through my head, but the acual panic attack would slow down. Once again I'm really sorry. I know that it is different for everyone, and my panic attacks were perhaps not as severe as yours. Thank you so much for sharing your experience.
17-03-2012 16:18 #57
You didn't offend me Rach Perhaps I need to watch how I write a response. All of your comments have been extremely helpful and I am grateful I have this platform. It's helped to get things out and has led me to feel less isolated than I would have been and I believe this has helped me heal faster.
The new medication combination appears to be working. I had another successful sleep last night (well, in terms of my situation anyway). Although I woke on numerous occasions last night, there was little anxiety (a first) and I was able to get back to sleep with little drama. The only problem with this is that I experience memory loss in the form of sleepwalking. A number of times the nurses at the facility have had to lead me back to bed after finding me wandering/doing things about which I have absolutely no recollection of in the morning. And, of course, I can't drive at the moment so without DH I would be severely hampered in movement (getting to antenatal appts etc).
The medication I was querying is from the benzodiazepine ("pam") family. Lorazepam, Temazepam etc. Highly addictive, very powerful, body builds an easy tolerance (which I have noticed). I take this in conjunction with other drugs in a structured timeline under strict supervision. Some of the material I've read in relation to effects on the unborn child include hypothermia, respiratory difficulties, developmental delays, feeding issues, birth defects and foetal addiction.
I was not in a position to question what I was being given when I was first afflicted and it's only now that I've been able to start investigating what it is I'm actually taking.
Although this saddens me as I consider myself to be a natural birth freeflowing mama (for example, no elaborate birth plans or intervention, just 'alive and healthy' will do), I'll be seeing my obstetrician next week with a view to a planned c-section/induction as I'm not at all comfortable with the amount of meds I'm taking with bub still trying to grow.
Again I thank you all for your ongoing support. It really has helped.
18-03-2012 02:56 #58
I've been on a few different mood stabilisers, one of which was an anti psychotic drug and it was horrible...but I don't know anything about them and being pregnant, as I was taken off them before I fell. I would've thought they'd be like anti depressants, as in how they affect the baby. (I'm currently off my ADs...it's only been a few days though.)
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18-03-2012 05:21 #59
Oh thank goodness! I worry sometimes about how I word things! I'm glad to see you are getting sleep. I found sleep deprivation the worst thing ever. I think seeing your ob for options regarding your baby is a good idea. I hope you continue to sleep. Lots and lots of
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