Out of the clear blue about a month ago, my 22 YO daughter started having severe panic attacks. As I thought it would be a short term thing, I addressed it by talking to her, trying to calm her down. These attacks come on suddenly. She says her heart starts racing and she sweats and shakes, and has an overwhelming feeling that death is looming around the next corner. After 4 of these attacks, I got her an appointment with a phycotherapist. She really connected well with her, and the Doc gave her some mental “tools” to help her when she feels these coming on. The night of her appointment she had a real bad episode. I do give her a 0.25 mg Xanax which seems to calm her down. Yesterday she had to come home from work because of a severe episode. I called the phycotherapist and she helped talk her through this. We will see her again on Monday.
I feel so helpless due to the fact nothing I say in terms of reassurance helps. She’s getting terribly frustrated, and so am I.
Has anyone here had similar experiences, and what have you done to control or stop this from happening? Any help would be greatly appreciated.