Have you been evaluated by a psychiatrist? You can take medicine and then at the same time learn CBT. Sometimes psychologists are better at teaching it.
I understand about the husband. Mine can not comprehend mental illness of any form. He doesn't understand my brain doesn't make enough or makes too many chemicals. Some people need to see blood before they recognize any thing is wrong or you're hurting.
I know you get the panic attacks at night too, but for school can you spend more time being better prepared? This would slow down the fear response that usually triggers an anxiety attack.
You're already doing the right things. Controlling and being aware of breathing. Especially if you catch yourself in the Pre attack mode. Just when you notice the tightness. Before it has a chance to take hold.
Yoga and meditation are also good ways to keep the attacks from coming.
Good luck in school. You'll get this thing under control. Maxy
Surely you're under a great deal of stress, with two young kids and studying to be a nurse. Perhaps you are not coping well with the stress, or simply have too much on your plate. I agree with CRS, try to learn some stress management techniques. Guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, whatever.
As for the weird sensations in bed at night, it seems as if you are describing a hypnic jerk. Very common thing. Not sure about the gasping for air thing -- if it were happening while you sleep, I would say you have sleep apnea.
You ought to consider seeing a psychologist/therapist. CBT might be helpful. You might also consider asking your PCP for a prescription for Ativan as needed.
I hope you're doing better soon!
It's sad that your husband isn't being more supportive and at least trying to understand. You too CRS.
disease anxiety phobia is what ur experiencing I have it also whare every little thing worries u on ur body and causes anxiety and panic attacks the worst thing u can do is go to er or health doc instead go to mind doc and get some mind meds to help with anxiety I wish someone would have told me this before I kept going to er until I found quack doctor to treat me for something I didn't have now I have severe side affects from shots that I didn't need and never google symptoms it almost ruined my life good luck hope u get to feeling better