My Dr. thinks I have panic attacks - but I'm in denial
Maybe someone can help me. I've just recently started having breathing problems. My chest feels tight, or like something heavy is pressing on it. I went to the dr. (general practitioner) and he thinks I'm having panic attacks. He prescribed klonopin, which I haven't yet gotten filled. I'm in denial about this because I feel perfectly calm and happy. I know what stress feels like, but I do not feel the least bit stressed, I've not been upset about anything, and I'm actually quite happy. I don't understand why I would have panic attacks. Even my boss said "but you're such a calm person". I tried to explain this to my dr but he doesn't act like he believes me. After going to the dr I started keeping a journal about when it happens. There is a definite pattern to this breathing problem/ chest tightening. It always happens when the air is humid-- when I'm outside, get into a car that's been sitting in the hot sun for several hours, when I'm taking a long shower. I breathe perfectly fine in an air conditioned building, or when I get into a car in the cooler morning air, or when I take a short shower and there's no steam in the bathroom. I am confused and I don't know what to do. If this is a panic attack, I'm ready to accept it and take the medicine. I'd like to hear opinions on the possibility of this being a panic attack. Should I go ahead and take the medicine, should I call my dr back and tell him about the humidity, should I see another dr? Is it better to continue with my general practitioner or is it better to see a psychiatrist? Thanks.