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What is the Connection Between Depression and Panic Attacks?

Depression and panic attacks are often intertwined, with depression's deep feelings of hopelessness potentially triggering intense episodes of panic. These sudden surges of overwhelming anxiety reflect the complex interplay between mood and stress response systems. Understanding this connection is key to effective treatment. Curious about how to navigate these challenges? Let's explore the strategies that can help.
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

Depression and anxiety disorders such as panic attacks are often linked in a number of ways. First, it is not uncommon for people who suffer from panic attacks to also suffer from depression and vice verse. Also, it is common for therapies and medications that target one of the disorders to also work for the other. For example, the drug Lexapro® is commonly used to treat both depression and general anxiety disorder (GAD). A person does not necessarily have to experience both depression and general anxiety disorder, however, in order to be prescribed this medication.

In some cases, one of the two conditions can lead to the other. For example, a person suffering from debilitating panic attacks may begin to suffer from depression. Feeling anxious to the point of panicking during events that wouldn't cause many other people to bat an eyelash can cause sufferers to feel isolated and incapable of leading happy lives. There are also situations in which sufferers of depression can begin to experience panic attacks. As such, by the time people seek help, they sometimes need assistance overcoming both depression and panic attacks.

Panic attacks can sometimes lead to depression.
Panic attacks can sometimes lead to depression.

Although this is a very unfortunate situation, there is a glimmer of hope in the fact that many therapies that treat one of the issues will also treat the other. Behavioral therapy, for example, can be used to treat both depression and panic attacks. This sort of therapy can be conducted with a psychiatrist, psychologist, and properly trained social workers. Depression and panic attacks are so common these days that there are some mental health practitioners who specialize in helping people with exactly these issues.

People suffering from panic attacks may begin to feel isolated.
People suffering from panic attacks may begin to feel isolated.

There are a number of texts on the market, intended for the general readership, which discuss the link between depression and panic attacks. These texts also often include information on general anxiety disorder in the constellation of connected disorders. These texts both describe the connections between depression and panic attacks and offer information about how to overcome the disorders. There are also a number of online resources for people who are suffering from depression and panic attacks as well as people who are trying to support a friend or family member who is trying to overcome depression and panic attacks. These sources often include web boards where people can swap information and offer support as well as a list of services and recommended books that might be of use.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for TheHealthBoard, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for TheHealthBoard, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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    • Panic attacks can sometimes lead to depression.
      By: Monkey Business
      Panic attacks can sometimes lead to depression.
    • People suffering from panic attacks may begin to feel isolated.
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      People suffering from panic attacks may begin to feel isolated.
    • In some situations, depression and anxiety disorder can lead to each other.
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      In some situations, depression and anxiety disorder can lead to each other.
    • Panic attacks are sudden, debilitating bouts of intense fear.
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      Panic attacks are sudden, debilitating bouts of intense fear.
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      Panic attacks may occur at any time, without warning.