I'm a 23 year old guy - I've been having panic attacks since I was 15-17, (8 years now) they occur randomly and I don't see much of a pattern, food and alcohol being the only two consistent things. I've seen my GP several times and been offered self help things, ssris which have never really helped. Attacks are less frequent now - but still occur far too often, and feel quite severe when they do. 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 to go far too 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/cold 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.. then as soon as I've slept or napped the fear goes completely but I have this awful hungover exhausted feeling for day, then after that I feel completely normal like it never happened and it's as if I don't believe it did?
Does anybody else get this? or have any advice on preventing/getting out of this nightmare. I've never tried to speak to anybody with similar symptoms .. only NHS doctors or family.. so here I am.
Any advice at all would be appreciated