Sorry to hear about your suffering, but it sure sounds like Tourettes. TS usually starts during childhood, can get worse around puberty, then often subsides in late 20s. You didn't say hold old you are, but it seems strange that the tics are just now starting. Were you taking a medication for depression? Because certain meds (like Risperdal) can actually make tics start that were not a problem before! Best to consult directly a neurologist than to waste time on other docs who won't recognize TS (or other neurochem problems) anyways. Check-out the Tourette's Syndrome Associations website for a listing of specialists who know/treat TS. Don't waste time, the sooner you get a clear diagnosis, the better. However, be wary of neuroleptic medications, some help, some harm. Psychiatrists are less likely to help you at the beginning, but may help for the follow-up treatment. TS is genetic, does anyone else in your close family have tic/twitchy/obsession/depression problems? My son took Intuniv (Guanfacine) for 2 years and it worked very well for his tics, and it is not going to make anything worse (like antipsychotics/neuroleptics may). It was a tried & true med for highblood pressure for many years, but it tends to make you sluggish in the morning. It's used for hyperactivity sometimes also. Good luck, and don't dispair. Get plenty of sleep, avoid caffeine, avoid sugar-overload, take a quality vit-mineral supplement, drink 2 liters water daily, get lots of exercise...all that diminishes the tics.
Thank you so much for your answer! I remember when I was a kid (in kindergarten mostly) I often had the urge to touch everything with both my hands. When I touched something with my right hand I wanted to touch it with the left the same exact way so that they feel even. That rarely ever happens these days, only sometimes when I'm drinking tea or something because the feeling of the heat is more intense I guess? I'm 18 now. I never took any medication. The only thing that happened were the mentioned panic attacks (my depression as well as the anxiety already started at around 12/13) which were pretty horrible and often lasted hours. We were on vacation when I had the first one and I never had them that bad before and had them daily for about 3 months after that. During those 3 months I barely ate anything and put off sleep as much as possible because I had pretty horrible nightmares. It started to calm down after that and that's when the tics started. I don't know why this is happening now. I remember that my uncle had pretty bad tics and I have another uncle who has ADHD. I haven't seen them in years so I don't really know more about that.