Re: Panic Attacks?
The thing about anxiety is that it affects everybody differently. What you have very well could be. Why are you so uninterested in medication? I'm opposed to medication as well, but I say this having had to rely on it for a year or longer at a time, on several occasions. I know a lot of us do not want to rely on such methods, but sometimes its worth a try, just to get you through a rough patch. Whenever I'm on my medication, I come up with a new game plan of how I'm going to stay off of it when I stop taking it. My most recent example would be exercising. I run whenever time permits, and have found exercising to be a god send. I've been medication free for over a year, which may not sound like much, but its the longest such span for me. Anyway, I guess my point is, that if its that bad that you really need some help, and are having problems functioning at work, school, etc., medication might not be the worst thing on the world. You don't have to stay on it for life, and maybe it'll help get you to where you want to be. I would've lost my job had I not been put on medication to get me through the rough periods. I was like you, not 100% sure it was anxiety/panic, and had every test under the sun run on me before I chose to accept it. Once I got to that point, my goal has always been to control it without medication, and lead a normal life. I hope this makes sense to you and is at least a little bit helpful. Good luck to you and keep us posted on your progress, as I'm sure you will make some!