I've just joined this forum and read some of the questions and blogs and can really relate to the symptoms and feelings people have.
I lost my best friend 4 years ago we were only 20 at the time. She was terminally ill with a brain tumor and I wasn't told she was going to die. I nievely thought she was going to get back to her normal self but only looking back now can I see she was getting sicker day by day. After she died I hated the thought of going out anywhere even to the local shop. I would break down in tears and panic so needless to say I never went out much. My friends mam took me to see a councillor at the hospice where she died and I went for several sessions and felt an improvement. I made myself go to the shops even if it was just to drive there and turn around and come home again Atleast I'd done it.
I'd say about 6 months ago I've noticed myself becoming more anxious, to the point I totally freak out if I'm surrounded by a crowd or if a place is busy I have to leave. I would be willing to try therepy and only choose medication as a last resort. I just want to be that person again who can just go out for tea or a night out with my boyfriend without over thinking it or frightened that something's going to happen while I'm out. I've only had 1 panic attack and that was the worst experience of my life.
Hope this helps someone to realise your not alone like I thought I was. I'm booking an appointment with my doctor next week.