WOWEE...that was a wonderful story you posted with so much useful information! Thank you! I had my first panic attack during my HS years and am age 40 now! I was so scared at the time and thought I was losing my mind...I remember playing sick for several days just so my mom wouldn't make me go to school! I didn't get any real help till I confessed to my doctor at age 27 about what I was experiencing...that was such a relief and he has been so helpful to this day! I have just recently begun to be "at ease" with myself and my problem...I am not ashamed anymore and try not to be so hard on myself for not being "perfect"! Again, thank you for such a great post! TC!