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Man Apart, I really feel for you. I am only 23 years old, and I have struggled with anxiety and panic attacks for several years now. The terrible thing about anxiety is the fact that it does have the power to take over your life and send you into a downward spiral. It is obvious that you care about this woman more than anything, and it is extremely important for you to go to her. The important thing to remember is that you CAN do it. You can pack your clothes and get on the plane, and you won't die. The key is figuring out how to manage your anxiety up until that day and then afterwards...

Have you considered taking any medication? Because of your level of anxiety, any logical MD would perscribe you anti-anxiety medication. I am currently taking Lexapro as well as Clonazapam (Klonopin) for bad attacks. The Klonopin is a fast-acting and powerful benzodiazapine that could calm you down enough to be able to get on the airplane. I think you have already made an important first step by posting your story on the boards. There are many people who feel the same way as you do, and I hope we can provide you with some support. Have you ever considered therapy or support groups? My anxiety recently became out of control where I could barely get out of bed and go to work. My husband has had to coax me many, many mornings to convince me that I will be okay. I have decided to try out an anxiety support group. It is free and a place where people with similar problems can come together and talk about it. Talking about to someone helps, I think.

You will make it through this. You are a strong and determined individual who will find a way out of the spiral - I know you will. Your determination is evident in your post. I strongly recommend going to the doctor. It took me a long time to realize that I couldn't do this by myself. Please let us know what you decide. We will all jump for joy for you when you tell us how the trip went, because I know you can do it. Good luck my friend.

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