I get those, too. I didn't realize what they were until I talked about them with my therapist. She asked whether I experienced panic attacks and I told her not anymore because I thought only my full blown, mind-numbing debilitating attacks counted. When I described the feelings I did have, which are exactly what you have described, she said the same thing - mini panic attacks. I got a script for klonopin to ward those off when they occur.
Interestingly, like you, I get them most frequently whenever I have to go meet with one of the partners at my law firm. It scares the poop out of me and I always worry what they think of me or if I screwed something up. I wonder if it's an age related thing since I'm young and the fact that I am still fairly green in my profession that I worry so....
Since I'm in the US, I am not sure exactly how hard it is for you to get in to see a psychologist or psychiatrist who does CBT via the NHS. Some friends I have over there say that getting in to see a specialist can take a long time if you aren't dying or have an emergency situation.
But, I'd look into CBT. I'm starting it next week. Other people on here have recommended it and said it worked well for their anxiety. My issues are deep rooted too- part probably stems from having an anxious mother from whom I learned to mimic obsessive worrysome tendencies and paranoia, the rest come from anxiety produced by my severe IBS. I'm hoping it helps me. I'll let you know my impressions after I begin.
If you do a search for Moodgym and Ecouch, you'll find threads with links to these web sites. They were provided to me when I first joined this board and I've used them a little bit. They're definitely helpful.
OK, Kitt to the rescue with the web site. LOL
Here they are everyone:
E couch: http://ecouch.anu.edu.au/welcome
CBT = theMoodGYM:
Just click on the links and I think you will like both sites.
Take care all
Thanks everyone...I've had a quick look on the website, it looks quite good, I'm going to have a proper look later.
Aries8 - yes I'm trying to keep a balance with what I do, but generally I don't do a lot of my days off as I'm usually ehxausted from being at work so I use those days to recuperate whilst I'm trying to get better physically :)