This is a great thread. My nurses are yelling at me to get back to my patients, but I'm going to throw my 2 cents in. Ryan- I agree completely that you are experiencing panic attacks occur as result of your how your mind interprets the physical effects of stress and/or anxiety. It is common in young adults. I am 42 years old and experienced exactly the same symptoms as you when I was 20. Medicines are very effective but I prefer physical exercise as a first line choice to help reduce the physical effects of stress. I think TJ was suggesting this. I'd recommend some type of aerobic activity like running, basketball, cycling etc at least 3 or 4 times /week. I know that exercise alone and the knowledge that this was a common disorder extinguished the occurence in me a that stressful time. If that is not sufficient then by all means go see your doctor. You are already well on your way to feeling less anxious now that you know what you are experiencing is not uncommon. Good luck bro- you're not alone.