Welcome to HW were so happy you have joined us here I just wish it was under better conditions. You will find great support and information here and make many friends. If you ever have any questions about this site please just ask and you will recive help.
My safe place is my home but I can still get out and go places and you can too it will just take you time to learn how to calm yourself when you start feeling a PA starting to happen. Like btflnvy said you have to learn to talk to your body and remember to tell youself this is a panic attack I have been here before. It can not kill me and I will not fight it and let it run it's course before you know it you will be able to just ease thru them. I try focusing on things around me like what people are wearing, there hair doos ot get a magazine anything to direct your mind somewhere else. I know this easier said then done but it works for a lot of us here you can also do the deep breathing. I hope this helps you out some and please post here often so we know how you are doing. Again welcome to HW my friend.
I have an illness, My illness don't have me.
Being happy doesnt mean everything's perfect.It means you've decided to see beyound the imperfrctions!God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but HE did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears & light for the way.