Hi I'm new to the forum and was hoping for advice. I've been off work for 2 weeks as I can't handle leaving the house alone or answering the phone. Even thinking about going out gives me the shakes and palpitations. I've been to my GP and have been put on fluoxetine and atarax. I've also been sent to a stress course that I'm starting tomorrow. I'm scared that everyone thinks I'm exaggerating or going crazy. I don't know who to turn to or how to cope with the panic.