you are not alone in this. I am 49 and never had problems with my mind or depression, panic attacks and the like. But with the start of my stomach and intestine problems panic attacks came to it and I suffered 3 major attacks in the last 5 month. All off them started in the middle of night waking me up with a body who is freaking out with symptoms and a feeling and thinking sensation of total fear. I still noticed that something is watching the entire show unfolding and I can catch my panic calming the mind first. The body is then another story. Tremors, cold hands, dizziness, a feeling of dread, upset stomach, running ants under the skin sensation, shivering, cold / warm sweat, claustrophobia feelings.
All of these are manageable if you stay aware of these and watch them in a state of knowing that you will survive these and that the story your thoughts and feelings tell you about them are not true. Fighting the condition by thinking I want to get out of here or I hate that shit worsen the condition and worsening the claustrophobia. I experienced these symptoms in the diet, while candida is dying off, and after I stopped the diet. Maybe feeding the candida. I really dont know if I have Candida because I never did a laboratory test, but my history and antibiotic history and symptoms list makes it quite possible. As these toxins are quite powerfull I am pretty sure they play a part in the anxiety attacks. Depression is even more so a sign and part of die-off.
Look only how much alcohol is affecting a person body and mind. How much more does heroin or LSD. All of these are toxins who have a profound impact on the entire body mind structure. That the toxins from fungus, allergies, food sensitivities. stress etc can have any kind of expression from mild drunkenness (brain fog) to hallucination symptoms would not surprise me.
I believe the first thing you can do is collecting knowledge, then to train yourself to breath deeply from the stomach, learn about food and how it affects you, talk about your condition and not hide yourself with people who know about it and can help you, medical help be it natural herbs for calming the stomach, mind base. Mind therapy and how to deal with thinking patterns.
Ask yourself if the thoughts are true, do you hundred percent sure they are true only because the feeling tells you so. Think about it like this. You see in the basement a snake, your thoughts tell you is a snake, you feelings believing that thought react with a fear, running away or attack mode is activated. Cold sweat, anger, panic, big eye pupils, hair raising feeling etc. In this state your entire being believes that there is a snake in the basement.
Now it happens that a friend comes rushing down the basement hearing your crys of panic. She has a flash light and to your surprise you find out the information that the snake was not a snake at all but a forgotten water-hose.
Now the first to align itself to the truth are the thoughts. Ahh, ha ha…I thought it was a snake how foolish it says. Next in line and this can take a while are the feelings calming down. The pressure in the chest disappears and the breathing becomes normal, negative thought patterns turn to positive ones.
Last to line up is the body, the chock in the body still take a while to go out of the system.
you see everything was based on a lie, still because you believed it the body had a true reaction to something which is not real. So, from this you can learn to separate yourself asking yourself, is it really true what I experience. You don’t need to believe your thoughts and feelings, not even your body.
Doing all that, I still would go to the doctors and have me checked out for heart problems, GERD, IBS, Candidiasis, etc etc. Food allergies, everything you can think off. Lack of nutrition, mall nutrition because of a inflammatory intestines etc etc.
As you can see from my post, there is some reality in the panic attack, but we dont have to believe all off it. Yes I feel terrible but that doesnt mean it will be here forever, that I will die off it, that it has something to do with my mind, that I get crazy or something. These are only thoughts and have no truth in themselves. It can be your acid in your stomach, shallow breathing technic etc.
I wish you all the best in the world my friend!