Hi Wiley and welcome to the forum. Of course there's help for you! I remember feeling that way too when I first was diagnosed with PD. It seemed like I was dying or going nuts, or both, but here I am 9 years later, and although I still have anxiety, I lead a pretty normal life. For me, meds were a neccessity at first. I was having several panic attacks a day and I couldn't think straight. Don't give up on the ssri drugs, sometimes it takes awhile to find the right one. Perhaps your doc could prescribe you some Xanax too for a little while. I was on Paxil and then Celexa for awhile, but I've been off the meds for about 7 years. I really think that the serotonin levels in my brain had gotten so off, that I needed the drugs to get back to normal and start from square one again. I would definitely schedule and appt with a psychiatrist (the best doc to go to for prescriptions because they are the most knowledgeable) or some type of counseler if you haven't already. One of the things that helped me the most was talking to a psychologist. She was able to explain to me why I was having all these physical and mental symptoms and she taught me a couple of simple breathing exercises. The breathing is still key for me. Breathe in slowly through your nose, hold and and exhale through your mouth or nose. Many symptoms of anxiety are caused by getting too much oxygen. Also know that sometimes things going on in your life can add up and give you anxiety. Big life changes especially, like graduation, marriage, job changes, health issues, etc. At the height of my panic my mom had just been diagnosed with alzheimer's, I was having a rather rough 1st year of marriage and I wasn't performing all that well in my job. Put those all together and it made perfect sense. Anyways, hang in there. Things will get better. Just take it one step at a time. Self help books are a great tool to use too. I liked from Panic to Power by Lucinda Bassett.