About a year ago I had what I imagine was some form of an anxiety attack. It was just a few weeks before graduation and prom and I was drowning in schoolwork and last minute projects. I was also extremely worried about my future, about what I was going to do in regards to my post-secondary education (I was quite undecided). In short, I was terrified. I woke up one morning and I was more nervous than I'd ever been before in my life. It came to a point where I couldn't hold back tears. I had no idea why I was crying, but I just couldn't help it. I stayed home for a few days, in my bedroom, just thinking and worrying about everything imaginable. I went to my family doctor but he told me I was just stressed out and the feeling would soon pass. After a few days I attempted to return to school, but I only lasted a couple of hours before my mom had to pick me up and take me home. Fortunately, a week or so later I was feeling much better and two months later I'd probably forgotten all about that one dreadful week. However, in many occasions I have experienced that same feeling of anxiety and fear; I'm able to control it better. That is to say, I don't burst out in tears and stay in bed until it's over. But I do feel it, and it scares me. I'm on vacation right now, been on vacation for over a week. The Sunday before I left, during a dinner at my boyfriend's house, I began to feel extremely anxious. It came out of nowhere. I went to the bathroom frequently, to put cold water over my face, in hopes that would have some kind of effect, but it didn't. I was able to control my anxiety but it was a terrible, terrible feeling. It happened once more on the airplane, on the way to where I am now. Worries, dread, of nothing in particular, though. I have never before been afraid of being on a plane, and I wasn't thinking that anything tragic would happen. All I could think about was how anxious I was and how to get rid of it. And now it's happening again. And I'm terrified that it will persist to haunt me for the rest of my life and will interfere with daily life. What do I do?
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