Hello, I'd like to help you with your question.
It sounds like the article about the celebrity might have set off a chain of events. If you felt as strongly as you did
about what was being said about this celebrity, it may have triggered something in you, possibly from your past. If you have been hurt in the past or even abused, seeing someone else go through something similar would bring your past experiences up very quickly and make you respond with feeling anxious and upset.
The medication mixed with alcohol probably didn't help but it is unlikely that the effects lasted longer than a day. What may have happened is that the effects of the medication mixed with alcohol might have caused you to be vulnerable to your feelings even more and you ended up with panic attacks.
Also, when you originally felt upset about the celebrities situation, you did not deal directly with your feelings but coped by using alcohol and medication. That could have pushed your feelings away and instead of working through them, they just became more intense.
Anxiety is caused by thought patterns. You can easily make yourself anxious by thinking about situations in which you feel you have no control. If you have experienced past abuse or trauma, being reminded of those feelings can bring up anxiety and panic. What can help is to try to work on changing your thinking. When you begin to feel upset, try taking control of your thoughts by writing them down. You can also talk with someone you trust. Also, repeat to yourself that you are ok and that you will be able to calm down.
You can also practice progressive muscle relaxation to not only help you calm down when you experience panic attacks, but to help you sleep better. Here is a link to help you learn how to do progressive muscle relaxation:
You can also use self help to learn ways to overcome anxiety and panic attacks so you can calm yourself easier and free yourself from feelings of anxiety:
The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne
When Panic Attacks: The New, Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life by David D. Burns
The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety: A Step-by-Step Program by William J. Knaus EdD and Jon Carlson PsyD EdD
Coping with Anxiety: 10 Simple Ways to Relieve Anxiety, Fear & Worry by Edmund J. Bourne and Lorna Garano
I hope this has helped you,