I'm so sorry that you are struggling with this right now, I know how miserable it is. It is quite normal for panic to pop up unexpectedly, and no you are not crazy. I agree with Lyn, learn some cbt to help you get this under control. There are alot of books out on the subject, I like Claire Weekes, but there are many, many more. If you are not in therapy, I would strongly reccomend that as well. You can get a handle on this, it takes some work to re-train your way of thinking, but it can be done.
Good Morning Tiamarie,I am sorry you have received the news that your daughter will be going overseas for 4 year. Now let's get you on a plane and over to visit when your ready. You cannot drive, sweetie...........hugs.
When it comes to panic attacks remember this, just because you have these sensations doesn't mean you are crazy. These feelings are just unpleasant and frightening, not dangerous. Nothing worse will happen to you. Don't indulge in stinkin thinking, "Why can't I be normal ? Why does this have to happen to me?" Just accept what is happening to you. If you do this, what you fear most will not happen.
You are in control of the situation. Keep posting here and let us help you. We care about you and take a look at the online CBT if it appeals to you. It is free.
Inspiration - Yep, baby steps is the way to go...even teeny tiny baby steps if you need. be gentle to yourself, don't let panic tell you that you are going crazy. Someone wise (on this post I believe) once told me that if I really WAS crazy I wouldn't be worrying about it!
Tiamarie - sounds like pretty normal behaviour to me. No way would you be able to get me in one of those car washes, and congrats for driving to work, that was really brave. You are definately not crazy (just crazy brave!!)
hugs to you both xx