I've been diagnosed with benign heart arrythmia, checked out by cardiologist, GI doc, etc. Everything is apparently fine. This process took 6 months to get me to a place pretty much just about 2 weeks ago where I feel there is nothing medically wrong with me.
However, I keep getting these very short anxiety/panic attacks from nowhere, probably about once a day. Rest of the day I am fine. There are no triggers, they just kind of happen.
Basically I feel like everything kind of slows down around me like I 'm dissassociated from teh world, my whole body and especially chest kind of tingles or has a sensation, and I feel very lightheaded and uncomfortable. It basically feels like I just got incredibly nervous b/c a girl I liked talked to me for the first time in like 8th grade. I can handle them pretty well but I would like them to not happen at all.
My heart doesn't race, it doesn't pound, I don't sweat. I can still pretty much function as in talking to people and stuff but I hate it. They seem to pass fairly quickly.
My questions are:
1) good ways to stop this from happening (more preventive than actually handling it when it happens, which I think i'm pretty good at) ? I've always had some anxiety but these "attacks" are pretty new. I don't really want to take meds for random small attacks that happen maybe once a day or less. I have some Ativan but that even says on the bottle "for racing heart" which I don't get. I have a job where I am in front of people all the time, talking etc. so I can't really "go take a walk" or "relax" when it happens.
2) Any good books about this? THere seems to be tons out there