Under Pressure: What Is A Panic Attack?

7. A lot of times anxiety goes hand-in-hand with depression. A lot of people, especially women, experience anxiety and depression together.Just like I take care of my anxiety, I have to take care of my depression, too. Again, its not really a big deal in my life because I generally take care of it well. I try to make smart choices for my life while keeping everything in mind for example, I dont drink much, because alcohol is a depressant. 8. Some medical professionals really fucking suck at helping with anxiety.I once saw an (old, white, male) GP who advised me to cope with my anxiety attacks by keeping a paper bag in my purse and breathing into it. The doctor meant well.
Source: 8 Things To Understand About Panic Attacks & How To Deal With Them

Over time, many who suffer panic attacks develop an on-going fear of having another attack. This fear can severely hamper daily activities and overall quality of life. Some people refuse to leave their houses or to put themselves in situations that remind them of their previous attacks. Agoraphobia (a fear of being outside of known and safe surroundings) or other mental problems may follow. Fortunately, panic disorder is one of the most treatable of the anxiety disorders. Psychotherapy (sometimes called talk therapy), cognitive, or biofeedback therapy can all help alter a person’s response to stimuli. Medications , such as antidepressants and beta-blockers, are another option.
Source: Under Pressure: What Is a Panic Attack?

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