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There are 2 things that could be producing the sensation you feel. Globus hystericus (lump in throat) caused by anxiety, or a pulled throat muscle.

Often when anxious people feel better mentally, the anxiety comes out physically instead. I believe this is what's happening to you. All your symptoms are quite classic.

It's good that you have been managing thus far on no medications, but you might want to consider an anti-anxiety med such as xanax if the physical symptoms become unbearable.