Our expert says:
Panic disorder , fortunately, usually responds really well to the proper treatment. Psychiatrists tend to use medications, especially hose also used to treat depression, and these can be really helpful. Some psychiatrists and most psychologists would use psychotherapy ( talking treatment ) especially CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) which can also be excellent in teaching you both how to control anxiety and panic by relaxing when you need to, and how to cope better in general.
While an internist can deal with Blood Pressure problems as such, they usually have little o no training in the therapies that really help panic disorder. A psychiatrist, being also a fully trained medical doctor, would be able to take into account the treatment of your high blood pressure and arrhythmia, and if using drugs, chose some that won't interact unfavourably with your other meds.
As you recognize, wine gives some sensation of relaxing, but tends to cause depression and other problems, and interacts badly with many drugs.
Do see a shrink, and clear this up without delay !
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