My husband has so many signs of so many things that it's hard for us to self-diagnose him. We have been to psychiatrists before and they always say he is having panic attacks. However, when my husband sees a professional he is able to perform pretty normal in front of them making it seem as though it isn't as bad as it really is. For example, Friday he met with a psychologist. The dr said, "Sounds like you'll only need a couple more sessions". Then by Monday he is back to the normal routine of falling apart. He gets up in the morning and seems perfectly fine, leaves for work. While driving to work he panics but during these panic attacks he has commented that he sees people that aren't there. He thought I was driving behind him yesterday and I was in my office. Panic attacks are generally an hour tops, but his are every day from the moment he leaves the house until he comes home and I give him a xanax and a sedative to go to sleep. Even at times those don't take effect on him. He sweats, eyes bulge, becomes extremely paranoid, paces the floor, shakes, lets his personal hygiene deteriorate, does not eat which has attributed to weight loss, inability to perform his work functions. He used to flee to a hotel room to be alone. However, at least one of those times involved hiring an escort service, which is out of character for him. The fleeing to a hotel has stopped and at least he comes home, but being at home is difficult for him and all he wants is to be alone.
I'm so confused and I'm not sure is panic is his only problem. Seeing images that aren't there and the length and severity of these things make me question his sanity at this point and I'm afraid he can now be considered as having a psychotic episode.