Get involved in sports. Surround yourself with friends and family. Exercise as much as humanly possible. I'm not sure what kind of work you do, but jobs definitely help as well. I only say that because it takes your mind off of some of the snowballing symptoms for some people. Above all else, refuse to let your brain think negative thoughts. Think positive as much as you can. Some days you will lose out to anxiety, but you will start to win them if you refuse to give up. Keep your head up, you will beat this. I'm still battling myself, but can almost feel myself starting to win more and more. There were points in time when I almost lost jobs, and was stuck in my house, but not anymore. I went to the emergency room on several occasions, but not now. If I can do it, so can you, and anybody else for that matter. I've also gone the med route, but haven't been on them for a year and a half. I refuse to rely on them as well, and wanted to say kudos to you for making that decision. Good luck and keep us posted.