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Suffer with severe anxiety and panic attacks during exams, spells of breathing difficulty, going through social withdrawal. How can I recover?

Hi I suffer for anxiety and panic attacks, the worst time was last year in my alevel exams and Ihad to go and see a psychaitrist about it. That helped alot and during the summer I was like my old self again and couldn t be happier as I though it was all behind me. Since I started university this year I have been having panic attacks and just general periods of anxiety before assignments are due in and exams. Last week through exams I was sick every one of then, I would barely speak, and my firends said I looked like I had seen a ghost, I have been talking sleeping tablets occasionally when I m so ehausted I just need to get knocked our for one nights good sleep. The incident this week has left me pretty shaken up as I had a panic attack straigt after a running race (I felt anxious all the way down there in the car), I had to run and pretend I was being sick as I couldn t bear everyone seeing me like that as its weird. Since then I came home to my uni flat and have scratched my hands raw, it wasn t until today when one of my friends saw the slashes and scracthes and likened me to one of her friends that was also a cuter that I realised what was I was doing to myself (there are so many scars on my left hand now) Now I have been about to stop crying since, and when I do for lectures my throat feels really tight like I can t breadth, I feel like I m gripped in this massive fear of waiting for another panic attack. After my lecture at three I took a sleeping tablet so I could just sleep all afternoon that to feel like this any more, but I know this is silly and I can t carry on like that because I went through a period of social withdrawal all the way though sixth form and I was known as the weird girl who doesn t leave the library. I don t want it to get to that again as I love my sports clubs. I don t know how to stop feeling like this and to stop cutting myself before it gets any worse. Please help :) Thankyou for you time for reading this I m sure worse things have come up all the time.
Asked On : Fri, 18 Jan 2013
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Welcome to HealthcareMagic Forum

From your detailed descrition it is clear that you have symptoms of generalised anxiety disorder, panic attacks and social anxiety disorder. All these are types of anxiety disorder. Untreated cases lead to severe dysfunction in social/academic life and depression.

I do not know if you had stopped treatment from psychiatrist, on which you improved in past. Considering severity of your problem, I would advise re visit psychiatrist and start treatment. Till that time do deep breathing exercise, yoga and meditation.

Wish you Good Health and all the best.

Dr. Ashish Mittal
Answered: Mon, 21 Jan 2013
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