How can I still be having suffocation feelings day and night with no relief other than Ativan at night for sleep that has been going on for 15 weeks now? I would love to find a job, do volunteering but can't until I get rid of this suffocation feeling and at times tightening of chest as well as head in fog. There have been problems in my life through the years but nothing I couldn't manage. Never had any anxiety or panic attacks before this came out in January. I get up every morning looking forward to a new day, looking forward to getting out. I enjoy reading, watching "nice" tv shows, going out for lunch and yet once I awake from a pretty decent sleep thanks to Ativan that suffocation feeling is there to greet me. Is my brain really that messed up? Another 5 days before I see the therapist again. I'm sorry if I keep repeating myself but it really makes me mad.