Hello all, I’m here to see if anyone else feels like this. I have been struggling with panic disorder since I was 12 years old. I am currently 23. Recently my symptoms have gotten so bad. My heart races and pounds constantly and my chest vibrates. When I’m having a panic attack I feel like I’m choking and as if I’m about to die. I actually just have a constant fear of dying when feeling this way. I have no relief at all. I saw a cardiologist last year because this was happening before and I checked out normal. I am an athlete and performed well on all the cardio tests. So please if there is anyone out there who feels this way or has any tips, reach out to me. I pretty much struggle 24/7. I’m wondering if it is genetics or if I have a chemical imbalance. People in my family struggle with depression and anxiety but none have the severe panic disorder as I do.
Currently I take 37.5mg of Effexor (switching to 75mg soon), and 25mg of Metoprolol (beta blocker to calm my heart rate). I also have 0.25mg of Xanax as needed. (That Xanax dosage may be too small? I am 6’1” 180lbs.)