Had the odd panic attack here and there as a kid, but nothing severe. Last November out of the blue had a very intense panic attack that ended my up the emergency room. Of course my body was fine, but since then for the last 2 months I have been having regular anxiety issues. I felt depressed for a while, kept questioning what the point of life is, feelings of impending doom, isolating myself etc, but now have decided to make a conscious effort to improve my state of mind. It is working gradually. I have yet to see a councillor (I am from the UK living in Montreal, Canada so i am unsure whether my insurance will cover it). These cold winters are not the most helpful in anxiety treatment!
Exercise is the number one thing i found really helped. I have been extremely fatigued recently, getting over 10 hours sleep a night. Exercise has helped release endorphins and control my mind a bit more. Going out and working even though I don't want to is hard but forcing myself leaves me satisfied. The anxiety symptoms I get now are not in my head but in my body it seems. Tight chest, clammy hands, restlessness etc. I prefer this to the feeling of hopelessness but it is still uncomfortable. I feel either very up or completely down. Very strange.
I am going to tell my mum tomorrow about this. I have been putting it off because i feel embarrassed by it. Any support would be great from you guys out there and i would be happy to return the (albeit noob) advice.