How are you doing now?
The holidays are over, things are a bit calmer and I hope you have found an MD who is willing to help work with you.
There are many good agents out there to help with anxiety.
Klonopin is VERY strong, and should be worked up to. it should not be your first drug.
there are three levels of that med. 1. xanax. its a mild benzodiazapeine and comes in three strengths. Many find once they start, they have trouble stopping. it works on the limbic "emotional" part of the brain by calming it down. Then you have Ativan which is stronger. Some folks have a opposite reaction to this med, and it cranks them up. its a good med, but should be taken with caution as its highly addictive. Then is klonopin which is a strong anti anxiety med. PLEASE ask your MD many many questions before starting any of these.
Buspar is non addictive, and used for anxiety.
Then we have the theory that anxiety is the other end of the spectrum as depression and if you correct the chemical imbalance of that, you will fix the anxiety. Some folks take celexa which helps depression, and helps calm anxiety before it starts by helping your body regulate serotonin. When we are anxious or depressed we tend to use, and reuse and reuse that stuff, and these SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) help us use it once and let it go.
Just because someone says "you should take this med" whether its a commercial or a friend or family member doesnt mean its the right drug for you. PLEASE seek out an MD and let them know ALL your symptoms. Sometimes anxiety can be a symptom of a bigger problem like thyroid and such and sometimes it can be controlled with things like Yoga, exercise (burning off the excess cortisol we excrete) and sometimes just talking to someone helps. It has been found that meds AND talking to someone is the best way to control depression and anxiety, not just popping a pill.
I do hope you are feeling much better now.