Hello-I'm 22 and my boyfriend is 31, who is diagnosed with anxiety/panic disorder. He has had this for 6 years and nothing seems to be improving. Medications, cat scans, therapy...it has just gotten worse. Is it normal for them to last for 6 hours at a time? For 4-5 days? He'll have good days and then a long stream of bad days. It's impaired his driving and jobs. I have been very patient and sensitive to his needs...but how can I tell if he is "over-exaggerating" (not that he is)? His pulse is normal during the attacks, although, one occasion it was very slow. Currently, he is on PaxilCR and Ativan. I don't see a difference and it's been about 6 months on these. (he's been on several medications over the years.) He is wanting to give up on help and work. I just don't know what to do...Thank you for your time and advice. It is greatly appreciated.
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