I have also replied to your other post today too!
I have had panic attacks of a different kind for the last 4 years. I do not want to describe them becuase I do not want to give you further.. ideas.. right? But I am going to tell you that only medication and psychotherapy has helped me get to grips with myself.
The first doc I went to, tried to fix me with some meds but the therapy I was doing was not helping me. I found out after I started increasing the dose of medication in order to stop my panic attacks. Then I sort of realized that the life I was living was not good enough so I asked around for a better doctor. And I found a Psychiatrist who really did wonders. First, he changed the medication to calm me down and make my daily mood more even, so that I wasn't feeling so ill and so anxious so much of the time and then we went into therapy. We started examining by just talking about whatever would come to my mind, about the deeper feelings and pains of my chidlhood and how these manifested into my present behaviour.
Now seven months into therapy, I have reduced my medication to almost non existent, I feel great, I am feeling strong enough and confident enough to write ... here and want to give advice to help others(!!!!)and I feel more in control of my life and FREE!!!
sO, EVEN IF YOU DID HAVE A BAD EXPERIENCE WITH ONE DOC, THERE ARE OTHERS. DO NOT GIVE UP.
I was also taught a sort of breathing technique which relaxes the body a second before it flies into panic. You just take one long breath and blow out your stomach as far as it can go. Hold it there and then blow out veeeery veeery slowly. Do this only once or twice and you will feel calmer and more in control.
But, when all is said and done, as an old veteran of this, I would say that the right medication and a kind doctor is all you need.
ALL the best and God bless you