I'm a 23 year old guy - I've been having panic attacks since I was 17, (6 years now) they occur mostly randomly. I've seen my GP several times and been offered self help things, which have never really helped. Attacks are much less frequent now - but still occur far too often. CBT is next on the list, which I'm thinking of trying though I'm sceptical as to if it will help.
I get a horrible tightness in my chest, I feel sick, I need the loo very often, I become extremely smell sensitive, the thought of eating or drinking or taking tablets makes my stomach turn.my hands shake, I get hot flushes and become terrified of everything. Every upcoming event in my life scares me - eating, going out anywhere, going to work etc - but only during these panic periods. sometimes I get thoughts of dying, passing out, having a heart attack or that I will never ever be happy or normal. The thought of leaving to go for a walk is horrible, It makes me want to sit still until the feeling goes away. This often lasts for several hours..
Can anybody else relate to this? or offer any advise for preventing/getting out of this nightmare. I've never tried to speak to anybody with similar symptoms .. only NHS doctors or family.
Any advise at all would be appreciated