This is a bit long winded so I have put the lead-up in its own section that you can skip if you arent interested. ========================================================== I am living in a situation where I am under intense psychological pressure, not anything immediately traumatic but an invasive, insidious pressure; the closest analogue I can come up with is the novel 1984. I have found that I don't have the mental fortitude to survive this indefinitely so I have been monitoring and compensating for my mental deterioration as it happens. When i developed clinical depression, with some experimentation it seems that self-administered CBT and high dose antidepressants with very occasional, mild self harm as a distraction during extreme lows seems to work and appears to be sustainable, however, depression isnt the end of my mental deterioration, I have been developing a steadily increasing anxiety disorder as well as an aversion to any kind of social activity. I can overcome my dislike of social situations and my depression and even reverse them after I get away from the source of the pressure because I have done it before, but I have no experience with anxiety disorders, I don't know how to cope and compensate for it. Up to now I have just been ignoring the anxiety and pushing through it but it recently reached an unmanageable level. I had a sudden increase in the pressure I was under yesterday and I went to pieces physically, though I was able to maintain composure i had intense versions of the following symptoms: - Headache - Nausea - Lightheadedness - Fatigue - Intestinal Distress - Difficulty breathing - Difficulty focusing my eyes - Difficulty thinking clearly - Crushing chest pain - Insomnia Today the pressure has almost completely lifted again and I am comparitively relaxed when I avoid any of the identified anxiety triggers I have developed, but my chest still hurts, however, its not the same as yesterday, that felt like someone was standing on my chest, today it feels as if the chest pain yesterday actually did damage, my chest is sensitive to movement and breathing and I'm getting occasional shooting pains from my heart. ========================================================== This cannot go on, my anxiety is almost impossible to simply push through anymore and it feels like it is causing lasting physical damage, I normally disregard my own feelings but its getting physically damaging now so I need some way to cope with or even counter anxiety but I have no idea how, and as much as I REALLY wish it were, avoiding the cause of my anxiety is not an option. Does ANYONE have any idea how to counter anxiety?