I'm so glad I found this site. I actually feel like I am not alone with these anxiety attacks that I get. I lost my mother in May of this year. I was what you called a Momma's boy. I was very close to her. Watching her suffer this past year took a toll on me. I started feeling dizzy and lightheaded every time I would go visit her at the hospital. It got so severe that I stopped going to the hospital, because I could not handle the dizziness and lightheadedness that followed. I went to the ER several times and my General Doctor ran tests on me. Everything came back normal. Since than my symptoms have gotten better, but are still there. I usually get anxiety when something happens in my life that is negative. I cannot control it. I try and let it be, though. I have been trying to hold off on going to a psychiatrist, because I didn't want to be put on medication, but it is getting to a point where even though I have accepted it, I now feel depressed. Depressed in the sense that I feel tired, no motivation, fearful, and just not happy as I used to be. I am not sure if this is me grieving my mothers loss or if its a mixture of grieving, anxiety, and now depression. Would you guys recommend going to a psychologist or a psychiatrist, first? I know there are some antidepressant medications (SSRI's) that treat both anxiety and depression. Are these safer and or better than muscle relaxers? I don't want to become addicted to any medication as I know this only alleviates symptoms, but doesn't cure them. What are your thoughts?