2 summers ago, I began to have panic attacks for the first time in my life. I had 6 or 7 in 2 or 3 months. not sure why, I mentioned them to my pdoc hoping she would prescribe me a benzo. but she didn’t even seem interested in what I was telling her. so I bought some valerian and catnip tea to take in preparation for my next panic attack. I had a couple more and drank my tea to calm down and would also go soak in the tub and try to calm down. this was somewhat effective. and then they just stopped and I haven’t had one in a year and a half.
back when I was having them, I was still having ups, like a few hours a day of planning or starting projects. or feeling compelled to go for a long walk. I no longer have these ups very often as my mood has stabilized and im pretty even keel all day now. I wonder if it was the ups that was causing the panic attacks. with an overactive brain causing paranoid thoughts and subsequent panic attacks.