Our expert says:
Was the anxiety just there in the background, or did it come in episodes, perhaps related to something specific happening ? Anxiety attacks are of course unpleasant, and its actually common that people feel so bad that they fear they'll have a heart attack or stroke, or otherwise die. They don't, but it feels that way.
And its also a common part of anxiety that one over-worries about things, which seem more huge and important to you than to others ; it can be hard to get them into proportion.
Ideally you should see a shrink, and at least a GP, for an assessment and a discussion of treatment options. Some medications like some also used to treat depression, help to reduce and then stop such anxiety attacks. Some meds one can take, either by swallowing, ot allowing them to dissolve under your tongue, when such an episode is common on, to make it go away. And some talking therapies like CBT counselling, can help you to understand these reactions and to gain direct personal control over them
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