So, ever since I got out of the Army and started attending school, I've noticed that I've been getting anxiety and panic attacks when in class. Before it was simply the inability to stay awake and being very conscious of my breathing.
I was worried it was a heart condition, so I've had several tests done to my heart and all of them come back normal. I've already been diagnosed with depression due to chronic pain from my service, but I haven't been put on medication because they felt (and I agreed) that the depression was not severe enough for them.
Now, this last semester in college, it's become almost unbearable. Shortness of breath, dizziness, eyes are feeling like they weigh a ton... and it happens in 3 of my 4 classes, like clockwork. Funny enough, it's the lecture classes only, and it's not because I'm tired. If I get up to use the bathroom or just walk in the hall it's immediate relief of symptoms
, though most of the time they re-appear before the end of class.
It's getting to the point where I faked a doctors appointment to get out of my 2 hour lecture course this afternoon, after having a massive panic attack during my linear algebra class... a class I've never had a problem with before. I lied to get out of an ethics class
. I'm having trouble squaring this.
I've never been diagnosed with any disorder, not officially, but I've had panic attacks previous to this. But this is damn near every day. I sit and concentrate to control my breathing and fight like absolute hell to keep my eyes open during all of my lecture courses, but the urge to pass out is damn near impossible to resist. I don't feel this way in all social situations, almost none of them. I do have introverted tendencies but I've always been able to fake extroversion fairly well.
I've got an appointment with the VA mental health clinic here, but that's not until May.
I've cut back my caffeine intake, started walking 2-3 miles in the morning again, and have changed my sleeping habits for the better. I just don't know what I can do at this point... is there anything I'm missing that might help?