happyWImom Posted March 5, 2012 Share Posted March 5, 2012 My dd has had anxiety & OCD issues for a while. We are finally on track with a new therapist, have some new positive behavior techniques in place, new medication, and things have been going well. So, last night during prayers, dd starts saying she's having trouble breathing. (Background-she has complained about this for about a year; we have had her lungs checked, no other physical symptoms, and it is a very sporadic thing-usually happens at bedtime) I've always been able to calm her down & get her mind off of it, but last night, nothing worked. She kept getting worse, saying she couldn't breath, felt like she was dying. "I'm going to die, I'm dying, help me, help me!" It was awful. At that point, I thought we should take her to the ER (what if it's not a panic attack-my thought)and she started to get worse, said she felt like she wasn't in control of her body, someone else was controlling it. :confused: We sat her down & started watching Animal Planet, talked to her, rubbed her back, told her she was going to be all right. She stopped freaking out, but was still kind of in a daze & kept repeating "I'm going to be okay" over & over & over. I still wanted to take her in, but she asked me to just call the dr. I did speak to one, who said it sounded like a panic attack. My other thought was that it was a side effect of the medication. She was taking Lexapro for about 7mos., and while it didn't seem to work, that was when she started complaining about the breathing thing at night. Never this bad, though. So, we switched her to Prozac 4wks ago, seemed to really help, but now this. Perhaps it's a side effect of SSRI's? Has anyone heard/had this happen? This morning, she was a lot better, but all day she did say she still felt it was hard to get a big breath, and she said the same thing tonight. I am for sure taking her in to see her pediatrician, tomorrow, but I'm still worried, tonight. When last nights attack happened, she wasn't talking about anything serious, and said she was tired & relaxed and ready to go to sleep, so I don't know. But, subconsciously, she could have been anxious about sleeping in her own bed. (One of her issues) Feedback, please. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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