Question for Betty.

For the past year and a half or so, I think I have been experiencing anxiety. It comes for a few months and then goes away.  In the mornings I feel sick, and I feel like I have a heavy weight on my chest.  Some days my heart starts to race in the morning and I start sweating and then it goes away.  I don't particularly feel stressed out or tired during the week.  Work and school is at a decent time so I'm not sleeping late or waking up early.  I don't want to take medication for it.  But, I was wondering if I will have this for the rest of my life?  I have been to counseling and it doesn't seem to have helped.  What should I do?

Betty's Answer.
Thank you for sharing your important concerns.  Your symptoms warrant seeking help for this problem. 
First of all, I would strongly recommend an evaluation by your health care provider for possible medical causes for your problem.  
Examples may be a thyroid disorder, anemia, or a cardiac condition.
 Next, look at your current situation, and why is the anxiety happening at certain times and not at others.  You mention gaps of months without symptoms.
You mention that you are working and attending school.  This leads to a very busy schedule.  Are you taking time for stress management?  
Meditation and physical activity can help with anxiety.  What are you doing for enjoyment and fun?  
A balanced diet is important, as well as avoiding caffeine and other substances which can make your symptoms worse.  
I strongly urge you to see your health care provider for a physical assessment. It is important to seek help if you are having symptoms of anxiety. 
 If you are an eligible UAA student you may be seen by  Student Health and Counseling Center Physical and Mental Health Providers for evaluation.