Re: What are some recommendations besides medication?
Meditation was really helpful for me personally. I looked into buddhist meditation because it is all about training the mind. Anxiety coexists with other thoughts, fears, or phobias which can be controlled by training your mind to do so. It also serves as an incredible method of relaxation. I have learned to slow my breath so well that I can now slow my heart beat on command. As you can imagine that can be helpful.
Kava Kava is an herb that helps people with mild anxiety. I don't think it is strong enough for panic dissorder though from my expereience.
Keeping yourself busy as previously mentioned is huge. If you are feeling anxious about doing something, then that means you need to do it. Today I was really anxious about going fishing with some friends, but I forced myself to go and had a good time.
Excercise is also huge. The better you feel about yourself, the easier anxiety is to deal with. Excercise also changes the brain like antidepressants except the side effects are better health instead of more anxiety and panic.
I have found that Xanax takes the edge off for me and quite honestly even with the implementation of all of the above things there were still times when I would be floored with anxiety. Don't get me wrong, all of the above mentioned things help, but Xanax prevents me from being floored and I can breath a little easier knowing that.
Good luck all.