Our expert says:
SOme people find that anxiety and panic attacks can occur especially at times when it would seem especially awful for it to happen --- in a mosque or church, at a funeral, at a business interview --- one may grow fearful that it MIGHt happen at such an inconvenient and embarrassing place or time, and then this anticipatory anxiety increases the risk that it will indeed happen. The symptoms you describe do sound very like a Panic attack, with the dry mouth, rapid pulse and so on. And its typical, because your system is at that time being flooded with panic chemicals, that someone having such an attack fears they will have a heart attack or otherwise die, or go mad, and so on. Fortunately, these awful possibilities do not happen, but it certainly feels as though they might.
Usually exercise helps, but more specific treatment of the panic attacks would help more. Some meds also used to treat depression such as Cipramil can help reduce anxiety and panic atacks, as can the talking therapy Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ( CBT ) which helps you learn to regain control over these situations and symptoms. There is no need to continue to sufer these unpleasant and inconvenient symptoms --- see a good local psychiatrist for assessment and treatment, and clear them up
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