I have suffered with panic attacks and anxiety for about 3 years now. In the last month my life had sharply spiraled down hill. I have been out of work for a week and a half and have barely been able to drive. Yesterday I was on the third floor of a museum and had the most intense panic attack ever. My heart started pounding absolutely out of nowhere and couldn't stop thinking about fainting in front of hundreds of people. Thank god for the emergency Ativan I had in my pocket. My doctor prescribed me Zoloft two months ago and I am absolutely terrified to take it. I took Lexapro a few years ago and ended up in the ER two hours after taking it. Since then I have been traumatized about taking another SSRI. I keep reading about the start up affects being more anxiety. I can't handle any more anxiety. How can I get over this? Any advice would be so much appreciated!!