I definitely feel like my friends don't get what I'm feeling, it's like I'm speaking a different language. But the thing that REALLY bugs me is that many doctors don't understand it. In the last few years I've twice had the experience of going to a new doctor, explaining to the nurse that I am very phobic of doctors, they can expect my heart rate and bp to be very elevated, it's an anxiety thing. I then ask if I can skip the pulse and bp check at least until later on in the appointment after I have spoken to the doctor about my main concern. The nurse replies no, we need to get vitals right now, sorry, then she takes pulse and bp and freaks out that it's so high, then the doc comes in and we have a huge discussion about my rapid pulse and high bp which I explain is due to a panic attack which I always have at a doctor's office but could we please talk about this mole, or whatever. Twice I've been given ekgs cuz of my "racing heart" and twice given beta blockers to take home even thought I explain at home my pulse and bp are normal. HELLLOOOOOOO do they not cover panic/anxiety disorders in med school???? I know I'm not the only patient who reacts this way, and when it happens I feel worse, misunderstood, and the whole experience adds fuel to the problem. Sorry to rant, this just happened to me again and it is so frustrating. I guess I should call around to a few docs' office and try to find one who has experience with panicked patients.