Hi All! Earlier this year I was diagnosed w/ panic disorder and I am on Paxil to suppress them. Does anyone else suffer from these? To give u some background, I only used to experience these when smoking pot but after many years of using so needless to say I quit several years ago when I 'matured' and because of the panic I experienced. I used to be a 'pothead' in my early college years and loved to smoke but later I experienced paranoia but of the worst kind - feeling of doom/death, sweating, heart palpatations, diarrhea, vomiting, shivering, teeth clench, etc. I can feel this sense of absolute doom start at the top of my head and work its way down. It got so bad this year that I was basically incapacitated, unable to get out of bed and care for my 2 kids. I wouldn't wish this on anyone, it is that bad of a feeling. The point of this thread is I am afraid this will keep me from success in school. I am trying my best to avoid having them but ruminating about the potential of having one continues several times a day and that is an actual symptom of panic disorder. Only like 2 million people are affected by this and 90% overcome them. I can see me at clinicals afraid of the unknown, overwhelmed by the expectations and just the thought is almost enough to have one. I am aware that this is psychological in nature (I am a worrier) and I have sought counseling for it and using the techniques given to 'train' myself to stop. I have met others who have this and that gives me hope. I just know by reading all the threads on this site about how stressful the program is and I am afraid. I REALLY want to succeed. Let's face it, I am 33, don't have alot of options and have a family but more than anything I want to be a nurse as a personal goal for me. So if there is anyone out there who has this or just wants to comment please feel free. Thanks!