Random Panic Attacks! Help!!

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So basically i got sick not too long ago, and ever since ive been having anxiety/panic attacks!! Which i never had before (even though i still had anxiety) i had my first panic attack a couple of days ago, and it was really scary! And today i was in my car going somewhere and all of a sudden a wave of anxiety came over me and i felt weird and was hyperventilating as well as sweating, the whole car ride i was focused on my breathing! And just wanted out of the car and as soon as i got out i felt better! Idk why that happened?? Its never happened before, im planning to get medicine for it soon but im scared ill break into a panic attack on my way to the doctors office or during my appointment. What should i do?

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    I know panic attacks are one of the scariest things ever. But you need to tell yourself that if you do have another one, it doesn't matter! You got through the other ones. Yes it was really scary but when it passed you're fine again! Panic attacks can come from nowhere and I went through the same feelings the first time I had them. But they're not dangerous, all it is is your brain being too cautious. When you have a panic attack its because your brain thinks that you are in a dangerous situation when you're actually not. The more you tell yourself this, the more your brain will realise 'oh I'm not in any danger' and you will start to calm down. Have you been to the doctors? I'd love to hear how you got on smile
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      Laura, thank you for the explanation of the panic attack. I'm on bed, relaxing and reading, I have 5 hours dealing with chest pressure, think2again, how about if I have something else? I'm scare to take my medicine, today is my 5 day with celexa, and I'm scare my feelings get worse by tomorrow, I know nothing will happen, but it's scary, knowing how the brain works in an attack makes me feel safer

      Thank you again.

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    Hi . I have been prescribed diazepam for severe anxiety caused by tinnitus. I am also taking anti depressants which seem to keep my mood on a fairly level keel. To be honest i feel that the 2 mg are not having much effect so I take about 8 mgs which help.
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    You noted you were sick. Before you jump that its panic attacks from your mind just have your doc run a chem scan on your blood and bloodwork and an ekg. Have him run a lyme test, glucose. You could be run down from being ill. You didnt mention what illness. Mini takes months before you feel normal. Medication like steriods..the withdrawls can mimic anxiety. First rule out the physical aspects. When the body is worn down it really meeses with the mind. Panic attacks are a potent inner self journey so you know, but you need to rule out all physcial causes first. If every test returns normal then to help you understand check out cbt for anxiety first. Then mindfullness techniques that reciew breathing and meditation. Panic attacks are the minds coping mechanisms and they do steingly effect the entire body and break it down slowly as the years go by. Medication is fine when needed but by no way a cure, it is a mask and a temporary fix affording you the time and calmness to learn cbt and breathing and meditation so you form good coping skills to continue your life happily. If you crutch on a pill you wont learn how to self calm yourself. So keep all that in mind.i have been on this journey for decades before i realised i had to do the work to help myself, so im trying to save you time by giving you the best advice i know. 
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