Our expert says:
OK, these do indeed sound like panic atacks --- you are describing very typical symptopms of these.
Your best course of action would be to see a good local psychiatrist for a proper assessment, and a discussion of your treatment options, which may include using some medicines also used to treat Depression, and CBT counselling.
You are not going insane ( though it is common that people having panic attacks fear this ) and you are not going to drop dead ( though this too is a cmmon fear during such an attack ). It feels as though such awful things will happen --- that's part of the panic. But a panic attack is like my neighbour's darn burglar alarm --- it keeps firing off when the wind blows, scaring us all, but pointlessly. In a panic attack, your internal and chemical alarm system is firing off almost randomly, and needlessly. I wouldn't recommend razepam or any of its benzo relatives. These are sedative tranquillizers which can become habit forming, and dont remove the sounrce of the panics, only modifying some of the attacks slightly.
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