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How Anxiety And Panic Attacks Relate To Depression


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Depression is closely related to anxiety and till recently, depression, anxiety and panic attacks were not considered as separate.

With the help of early medical intervention and support from family and friends, they can be overcome.

Anxiety is often associated with fear and need only be given medical attention when the level of anxiety is very high or frequent, then it is considered a form of depression.

Mild depression disorders are hard to differentiate from anxiety and panic attacks. Precise analysis of the level of depression usually depends on the extent of anxiety and depression as well as the order in which they emerge.

Panic attacks

  • Panic attacks differ from anxiety and fear, as panic attacks are often unjustifiable, sudden and sometimes without reason.

  • Have affected an estimate of three million people in the United States.

  • May or may not be persistent and chronic

Risk factors

Chances of developing heart disease among women who suffer from anxiety are likely. Depression can develop after a heart attack or heart-bypass surgery.

In a survey funded by WomenHeart, the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, and published in the January/February Women's Health Issues, 38 percent of women with heart disease reported clinical depression, 17 percent anxiety and 21 percent both.

Anti-anxiety drugs or sedatives are not antidepressants.

They are prescribed along with antidepressants ; they are not effective when taken alone for a depressive disorder.

Patients tend to abuse drug and alcohol in order to get relief through self-medication or to stabilize their mood swings and in severe cases as a mode of self-destruction.

Other types of mental disorder like anxiety and panic attacks disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder might also be common in cases of bipolar disorder .


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