I'm creating my own thread because I really need answers, and I didn't want my questions to get lost in the other one (and thanks to brennawa for the original post).
Firstly, I don't know if the problem I have can be classified as a true "anxiety disorder." One of the symptoms of the disorder, as I understand it, is that it can hit you at any time -- when you're inside the house or walking down the street, etc. As for me, the anxiety/panic happens to me whenever I'm near any sort of confrontation -- verbal or physical. My hands start to severely shake, my throat closes up, have a hard time speaking, my mind starts to go blank....a feeling of "flight" basically. But, again, this only happens when I'm in a heated situation. I've been told I may just have anger management issues, but I don't think that's it.
I've also always had problems with sparring. I used to go to a traditional karate school, and in sparring sessions, I'd have the worst time because I'd always be on the defensive and not try to hit the other guy. My legs would feel like they weighed a ton, and I'd feel paralyzed.
I've read the other thread, and a few mentioned SSRI's. I don't really want to get on drugs, as I've don't like the idea of having to deal with withdrawals or being on it for the rest of my life. But to anyone who has suffered from the symptoms I feel, have medications really helped?
Also, I live in the Southern CA area. If anyone can recommend any teachers or schools who can help me with sparring and learning how to fight, I'd really appreciate it.
And I would be grateful for any advice or insights from anyone regarding my problem. Thanks a lot.