I'm new here. 21 year old male, as a high school athlete, never had issues. My father and I have a harmless cardiac arrhythmia that occasionally (once a week) causes our heart to skip beats, sometimes for 5 or 10 seconds at a time. All my life I have been fine, but for the last three months or so, I have begun to have unbelievable anxiety with debilitating panic attacks about once every two weeks. I am convinced there is a problem with my heart. It's completely irrational, as I worked out every day since I started kindergarten, and have never had a serious problem with my heart. But as we all know, anxiety isn't rational. I need help. I am considering going to get medicated, as my mother and brother are, however, I would like to beat this on my own.
I get this empty feeling in my chest, then this rush to my head, then tunnel vision, then all-out panic attack until it subsides. I can't talk, can't think, and I feel drunk. I just need tips on how to get through these episodes, and how to accept what I am feeling and move on, attributing it to something besides a heart attack or possible sudden cardiac arrest.
Thanks if you made it this far,