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What you desctibe sounds very like panic attacks, and should respond to proper treatment of panic disorder, with the right medications (which neednt make you nauseous or drowsy, especially after the first couple fo weeks, once your body gets used to them, ), and if possible also CBT style counselling. I'd prefer you to be assessed and diagnosed, and treatment options discussed with you. A GP can continue the prescriptions, but its best to start with the most expert opinion available.
But the other episodes you describe sound like hypoglycemia, when your blood sugar levels drop unusually low, when you haven't eaten properly or too long ; the sensations caused may be broadly similar, but are relieved fairly quickly by taking sweet tea or some similar quickly absorbed sugaryy drink. Also, try eating more of a low GI diet, which keeps you feeling full for longer, and is better at maintaining more steady blood sugar levels.
Once the hypoglycemic symptoms start, you can get anxieous about that, which could make the combination even more like a panic attack.
I would rather use the term catastrophizing for someone who turns all sorts of minor worries into major catastrophies, in an exaggerated fashion, without the physical basis which panic disorder, anxiety disorder or hypoglycaemia can provide.
Hypnosis would be useless, but CBT could help you learn a range of better ways of handling anxiety when you experience it, from whatever cause, to realistically assess such situations, and to remain usefully calm. It can also help if you have developed bad habits of discovering the most negative aspects of all events, and the potential for doom in all sorts of situations where that isn't helpful.
Either way, maybe the first best step would be to see a proper specialist psychiatrist for a fresh assessment, a discussion of diagnosis and treatment options, and the formation of a sound treatment plan so you can return to feeling happy, positive and healthy again
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