I have also heard that age range is prime for suddenly developing anxiety/panic. I was not that much older when I started experiencing them. I had absolutely NO history of anxiety, none in family either, so it really scared me. Being able to come post here, and learning about
it.. helped me quite a bit. The medication the doctor has given you, will enable you to learn to control these attacks. It's hard to focus on what you need to do to stop one, when your body/mind is spinning out of control.
Please remember that you are not alone in this. Many, many people have started out just like you, and are now much more in control of it. It's a learning experience. The goal is to learn to control your mind when you feel it start, to avoid "feeding" it, and making it worse. It's hard to let go of the fear, tho.
For me.. it took my doctors a year to convince me there was nothing wrong with me. A few conditions that cause pain, yes.. but nothing damaging. I was absolutely convinced I had a heart condition. I made them run tests two and three times. I couldn't believe that ALL this stuff was happening to me, and nothing was wrong. I made trips to ER time and time again. Never did they find anything.
I'm confident that you will find a way to get past this. Right now, it's hard to believe anything. But it WILL GET BETTER!!!
I'm not procrastinating----I'm still doing yesterday!!!!
I have no medical training, any medical opinions expressed in my posts are just that....opinions.