I had a very similar experience. I was in college doing fine, and then I started suffering from crippling panic attacks. I would be walking to class and my toes would begin to feel tingly. Things would start to looks surreal and then BAM! I'd be death-fully frightened and no idea why. Then I'd start getting afraid that I'd start getting afraid again and my life was a big mess. Because I am a stubborn thick headed male, I tried to "brave" the symptoms without speaking a word of it to anybody. Until one day it became so ridiculously unbearable that I called my Mom in tears. Without giving it much thought she told me that It's probably gluten and how she used to have the same problem. Long story short. I stopped eating gluten and my symptoms went away. It took a pretty long time for the panic attacks to go away, and yes, they occasionally spike up, but they definitely WILL go away. In the meantime, stay busy and try to distract yourself from yourself. Here are some things that I have found to help with my anxiety. I'm not saying that they will work for everybody, but they definitely help me. 1) Taking walks. 2) Listening to music 3) Smoking marijuana (in moderation of course) 4) Listening to music and smoking marijuana 5) Thinking about people who care about you ( I don't know why but it works) 6) Writing 7) Exercise in general
I'm twenty four and I was I've been suffering from panic attacks for three years. Now it is interesting that I have also been suffering from Celiac's for THREE YEARS. In fact, if it weren't for my panic attacks, I would have never known that I had celiac's. I remember calling my mom, in tears, telling her that I was losing my mind and she was like, "Uh, oh yeah, you might not be able to eat bread. I used to get terrible panic attacks and then I stopped eating wheat..." Now, anxiety may still flair up even after not eating gluten, but I find it much easier to control when I'm not eating wheat products. I'm not trying to be a bad influence, but smoking moderate amounts of weed also helps, you just gotta say no to pizza when you get the munchies.