Hi Abbi, and welcome to Anxiety Zone... My name is Chuck, and I am one of the Global Moderators here on the site.
You are now a member of our community, where you will find support and advice from other members in similar situations. It's always nice to find someone else who understands, and to know you're not alone.
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Abbi, what you have written sounds identical to what I was going through some five years ago. My problem also started in restaurants. I could be halfway through a nice meal, and suddenly I wouldn't feel just right. I felt like my throat was closing-up and I would have slight trouble catching my breath. I would have to excuse myself and go to the bathroom until it passed. I didn't realize that I was having small panic attacks. As time went on, the attacks got worse.
I was diagnosed with panic disorder with panic attacks. I now see a psychiatrist, and she is in charge of my mental health needs. I also see a psychologist for therapy sessions. I am on anti-depressant therapy, and also being taught cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and I am doing so much better.
Again, welcome to Anxiety Zone, Abbi. The very best to you!... Chuck