Although I have been diagnosed with general anxiety, I am beginning to feel that this is not the case. This goes back to ever since I was a child, but because my memory of it has faded since then, I will instead talk about more recent occurrences. My version of an anxiety attack ends up like this. Instead my heart racing, sweating or other things like that, I start to imagine having certain objects in my throat or mouth. These objects range from a multitude of materials like bottle caps, tongue depressors, pills, and other such objects. Usually, these thoughts are involuntary and I was told by my psychiatrist that they are triggered by stress. When these thoughts arise I automatically begin to imagine the sensation caused by having these objects in my throat or mouth and become very uncomfortable. During this time movement of any kind is difficult to perform without gagging, as well as talking, eating and thinking. If I am pushed further, then I will begin to feel the sensation until I begin to dry heave. You would think that once I get away from the possible stressor (like classes) it would go away, but instead, it continues throughout the day, as long as I remember it. I try all types of things to think of something else or distract myself, but once I start to feel better, I realize this and return to the very thoughts I was trying to escape. The only time I can escape these sensations and thoughts is when I am sleeping. My psychiatrist basically told me to tell it to go away, push through it and not let it control me. If I begin to dry heave during class, just go to the bathroom for 5 minutes and come back, stuff like that. Is there anything I can do to get rid of or maintain this thing besides that? If not then I guess I will eventually build enough courage to handle it like this. One alternate method that I thought might help would be hypnosis or something like that. I know you can’t erase memories, but I’m sure that if I could somehow wake up in the morning and forget that I ever had this issue, I probably wouldn’t have it anymore because I wouldn’t be able to think about it. I don’t know, I just wanted to know what you guys think. Am I being irrational or not making sense, not handling this the right way? How do I deal with this? It’s really ruining my life. If you have any questions or anything like that, feel free to ask and I will respond as soon as possible. Thank you!