Our expert says:
The problem with many troubles related to anxiety is that one easily becomes understandably anxious about them - which makes them feel worse.
What you describe isn't exactly typical, but does sound like panic disorder, as panic attacks can show themselves in such ways. It would be wisest to arrange to see a good local psychiatrist for assessment and a discussion of treatment options. While some sedative / tranquillizers of the valium family can provide some fairly rapid relief ( and some can be placed under the tongue and absorbed from there ) these meds can provide relief but don't help to clear up the condition. Other meds also used to treat depression, can be more effective at helping to clear up the condition.
An allergy doesn't sound as likely, as it seems unlikely that he would be exposed to one particular substance, to which he was notably allergic, in so many different situations, and which he must never have met before, as he hasn't had such symptoms before.
Its actually typical of Panic Disorder that one experiences both psychological and physical symptoms of anxiety, accompanied by a strong sense of fear that one is seriously ill, or may go mad or drop dead. Fortunately this doesn't actually happen, but it feels at the time as though it might.
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