Hello and welcome! I am 33 and have dealt with anxiety and panic attacks for 9 years...so let me start by saying that you are not alone. Initially the attacks were sporadic and the occasional Xanax did the trick, then I started my own business, my hubby got out of the army, and I became the sole bread-winner in our family: hello general anxiety!
The first doc I went to I did not really like (I felt like she was just trying to get me out the door asap) and she gave me a scrip for Wellbutrin. Not knowing any better since I had never been on meds before I took it. What a nightmare! I was so manic I couldn't sit still if my life depended on it. Then I did a bit of research and learned that Wellbutrin is for depression and the associated lethargy, but I am not depressed in the slightest and have more energy than a labrador retriever puppy!
I switched docs and my new doc - who really listens to me and I feel very comfortable with - took me off the Wellbutrin and put me on Zoloft with a side order of Xanax. The start up side effects were no fun but now that the have passed I feel better than I have in years. Since we each have a unique body chemistry finding the right med can be a bit of a case of trial an error; again, no fun but in my case well worth it.
As for what I do/did to help get through my panic attacks:
1) distract myself: play a silly game on my phone, read a book, call a friend and BS, etc.
2) Use sensations to refocus: exercise, stretch, get your sig. other to rub your back. Focus on the physical sensation to lessen your focus on the mental turmoil.
3) Read the forums and help others! When I am focused on helping someone else my own problems take a back seat...and bonus! I'm helping someone else!
I hope this helps and please hang in there!