I just want to understand anxiety a little better. I've always had anxiety which I think it was pretty functional because it kept me productive and anticipating for things that could get in the way of my success in school, personal life or at work.
However, recently I developed a more intense form of anxiety that became very physical, psychosomatic symptoms such as, chills, nausea, stomach problems, sweating, mood swings and depression, and an intense fear that something could be wrong with my health.
I don't consider my anxiety to be chronic but rather it gets triggered by certain events, usually things that are out of my control, such as my health, it got initially triggered when I got sick with covid, but additionally my body will be very quick to panic in response to an illness or an alteration from a substance (for example I had to quit caffeine altogether, cbd, and melatonin) things that used to help me regulate now instead cause a panic response in me.
My last two anxiety attacks or "episodes" that's what I call them, have lasted about 1 month, 1 month of intense physical symptoms and then it kinda decreases in intensity although the same mental worries remain.
I am constantly going to the ER to get reassurance that my symptoms aren't caused by an underlying condition, and everything has turned out alright, I think I get a sense of reassurance every time I go to the doctor and it has become very inconvenient to rely on that reassurance to be okay mentally.
I am currently managing anxiety with therapy, mindfulness meditation, excercise, and just trying to educate myself as much as possible on the topic. I also am considering get a PNR prescription for anxiety medication in case I have another one of these episodes, I am able to take it short term and overcome it better.
My therapist has told me to not focus so much on the triggers and rather focus on how to manage my anxiety on a daily basis, and even though I agree with her I also can't get my mind to move on and I'm always ruminating about the cause and trying to pinpoint what exactly triggers this response in my body and why.
Do you have any advice on how to manage anxiety attacks? Can they be prevented or should I only hope to manage them when they happen? I feel like there must be something I can do to overcome what triggers it.