Panic Attacks and Depression: A Sobering Connection

Panic Attacks and Depression: A Sobering Connection

It is reasonable to dread life threatening events such as accidents and mishaps. It is even normal for people to express fear over some things such as spiders, wild animals, heights and other phobias. But, have you ever suddenly felt a cold wave of fear for no reason at all? If so, then you may have just had your first episode of a panic attack.

A panic attack is a disorder that afflicts close to 3 million American people today. Although panic attack episodes may or may not be chronic, one thing is certain – they can attack anyone, anytime – whether you are at work, or at the mall, while eating, and even when you are not doing anything at all.

Panic attacks are different from other anxiety and fear disorders due to the fact that panic attacks are often unprovoked, sometimes baseless, sudden and out-of-the blue. Those who experience panic attack episodes are often shocked at how sudden and how unprovoked those attacks may be. Panic attacks can effectively disable a person for a short amount of time.

Panic attacks can strike anytime – even when you are sleeping. These attacks usually peak after about 10 minutes; however, the symptoms of the disease tend to remain for a while l