You may be experiencing an anxiety disorder. You described yourself as being paranoid but it might be more accurate to say that you are primarily experiencing fear and anxiety. You have had mild panic attacks, another indication of a potential anxiety disorder.
The fact that your symptoms are becoming worse means that you should seek professional help. Your mother thought that this problem would simply go away but it hasn’t. That is a sign that professional help is required.
Anxiety is a very treatable condition. Typically, if left untreated it becomes worse. This may be what is happening to you.
Anxiety is often treated with both psychotherapy and medication. Medication can be particularly helpful in reducing your panic attacks and overall feelings of anxiety.
You also mentioned that you are taking “sleeping pills.” I am wondering which sleeping pills you’re taking. Ambien, and similar types of sleeping medications, can exacerbate anxiety and fear. Some sleeping pills are prescribed “as needed” and not to be taken on a regular basis. It would be helpful to review your sleeping pill regimen with a physician to determine if they are contributing to the problem.
My recommendation is to seek professional help as soon as possible. With the proper help, you can expect to live an anxiety-free life. The sooner that you receive help, the better the ultimate outcome. Don’t wait. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle