When I was a freshman in college, I experienced panic attacks. They seemingly came out of nowhere—my heart pounded, my vision narrowed, and I felt as if I was losing control. When it first happened, I thought for sure I was going crazy or having a heart attack. When I went home for Thanksgiving my mother brought me to see a psychiatrist who recommended Valium, which was widely prescribed in those days. It worked—but I experienced a lot of anxiety during those years. I also saw a therapist, who was helpful too.
This was in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s when treatment for these... Read More