Fifty and more years ago, I had what could have been called 'panic attacks', but no one offered 'pills' to 'treat' my anxieties.
My parents, too, were raised with terrors that caused panic, and so, no doubt, my grandparents and further back along the line. The 'fear of God' didn't help.
All of this, I believe, was the result of society's current 'controls' on 'bad' people.
And we didn't even have the benefit of contrived 'reality' shows to show us how to beat our neighbors!
I have a half-sister I met once. At that time she was trying to recover from an addiction to a 'non-addictive' mood-altering drug, given to her to 'treat' her panic at the prospect of raising three little children.
She found herself frozen in the middle of her living room, with her brain 'on fire'.
I have not been able to see the sense in pills for depressions that I took on 'cold turkey'.
I've learned the sources of my 'depressions', of course, and managed myself quite well in more recent years. In fact, I read an interesting article in the CureZone's Emotional forum last night. //www.curezone.org/forums/m.asp?f=241&i=176#i
The medical community calls such personal experiences 'anecdotal' evidence. I don't think so.
I think personal evidence, such as you experienced, is the 'real' reality.
Thank you for telling us your story of bravery. You are a champion!