Catherine, some people have acute stress, anxiety, or panic attacks. My boyfriend has acute panic attacks and at one point and time did not leave his room for over a year. Finally one night he saw a program on panic attacks and realized what was going on. He began therapy and learned relaxation techniques but still needed to go on a low dose of anxiety meds. I myself suffer from panic attacks to. It gets to the point where I get so sick I vomit or get diarrhea, too. So, it is a common thing. Some people have good response to therapy alone and others still require a low dose of anti anxiety meds. You should definitely look into seeing someone, when it starts to affect your life like driving to the store, you need to seek out some kind of aid. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon.