Our expert says:
Firstly, no, you are definitely not going mad, though I understand that it may feel as though you are. People who are going mad rarely recognize it nor ask this question.
You were previously diagnosed with Panic Attacks / Panic Disorder, a well-recognized form of Anxiety Disorder, which usually responds well to proper treatment.
Other doctors really ought to diagnose this very typical condition more easily, and not only after doing masses of cardiac and other elaborate and expensive testing.
And it doesn't sound, from your message, as though the diagnosis was properly or effectively treated. As Liza sumamrises well, medications ( mainly some also used to treat depression ) and CBT style counselling, can be highly effective in this condition. But do see a properly qualified specialist psychiatrist for assessment and a discussion of these treatment options.
As, during a panic atack, your body and brain are flooded with emergency chemicals which typically make you feel as though you are going mad or about to drop dead, but these unpleasant events don't actually happen, treatment can soon bring valuable relief.
If you can't afford to see a private psychiatrist ( though consider the cost of not being properly treated ) and if your medical aid wont cover this, as it should, explore what's available at your nearest medical school or major state / provincial hospital. They should be able to make this diagnosis and provide basic treatment just as well.
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