I've recently been having some serious problems with anxiety. I'll just be sitting around, doing something innocuous and all of a sudden HERE COMES THE PANIC ATTACK. The doctors said it may be because I've had to alter my meds I take for a chronic illness I have and my body is just adjusting its chemistry. And maybe I just have general, inexplicable anxiety.
They gave me a prescription for some meds for it, but I never got it filled (I take so many medications for this other thing I a. can't afford to add more to it and b. just don't want to feed more chemically stuff in my body if I can possibly help it).
Anyway, I've developed some pretty good coping skills for when I feel a panic attack coming on. I just sit back and focus on breathing in-2-3-4 and out-2-3-4 and I tell myself over and over again "it's just anxiety, it will pass, it's your body's chemistry doing weird things, nothing is wrong, you are ok, etc. etc." and I ride out the attack and go back to my life.
I find just forcing myself to slow down and get more sleep helps a lot. I tend to be constantly on EXTREME mode and it's like my natural resting state (I joke about sleep being me going from one level of stress to a slightly lower level of stress). And it's not really stress, it's just stimulation. Anyway, if I just catch myself and say "hey, you can do this with less energy and still get things done well" or simply, "CHILL OUT will you already?"
So I don't know. I'm against anxiety medication and I think it can be handled without it, but it's really a personal preference and how confident you feel you are that you can look a panic attack in the eyes and death stare it into remission. :P