Re: anxiety scared to death
I've experienced the exact same type of situation: waking up in the middle of the night with that unbearable sense of doom, feeling that you NEED to go to the emergency room and that it has to be more than psychological. And it IS more than psychological: the panic that starts in your brain ends up wreaking havoc on your whole body.
I think everyone has their own quirk when it comes to panic relief. A hot shower is always my first response, no matter what time of night... I've also found that I can "snap out of it" by taking a wet washcloth to my face, and then I can talk to myself logically and start to calm myself down. Sometimes I bundle up and go for a walk. (I have to keep myself warm to keep my shaking down or else my muscles become painfully sore.) My mother used to tell me to drink some water, but I've found that consuming anything in the midst of a panic attack is a bad idea because there's so much muscle tension in the stomach. Try to relax focusing on ONE muscle at a time. (I start with my abdominal muscles for the reason I just mentioned.)
I'm not a medical expert, but I've taken Celexa in the past and I've found that a daily medication does not help with panic attacks - unless, I suppose, you are having panic attacks EVERY day. I would recommend asking your doctor about a medication you can take for which you take a pill WHEN you're having a panic attack.