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Depression is one of the causes of panic attacks
 
Depression affects millions of people each year and is the number one cause of suicide. Depression can cause panic attacks, anxiety attacks, lack of sleep, oversleeping, and more. Panic attacks can come on quickly and last for hours or more and include a variety of causes and symptoms.

People suffering from depression may often feel anxious which can turn into panic. Depression symptoms include feeling down, feeling guilty, sad, hopeless, having thoughts of suicide, restlessness, insomnia, oversleeping, extreme mood swings, lack of energy, and anxiety.

Depression can often cause phobias which can lead to panic attacks. Phobias such as fear of germs, compulsively checking locks, hoarding, not being able to leave the house, not being able to talk to people, not being able to travel on a certain road or place, claustrophobia, and even pulling out one’s own hair. All of these things are classified under obsessive compulsive disorder and usually only happen to people that are also suffering from an anxiety disorder or other mental diseases.

During a panic attack a person can feel like they are dying, having a heart attack, or feel like they are going crazy. Panic attacks are not uncommon among adults and teens and usually are caused by irrational thinking. Once a person goes into a panic attack it is hard to stop it, no amount of rational thinking will quell the symptoms but only make it worse.
Symptoms of a panic attack are sweating, rapid heart rate, chest pains, feeling dizzy, nausea, diarrhea, twitching, irrational panic, anxiety, feeling like you can’t hold still, irritability, headache, and feeling like you can’t breathe or that you are chocking. Panic attacks can occur as often as every other day especially in people that also suffer from depression.
There are some ways to prevent panic attacks and even stop them while they are happening such as deep breathing exercises. Taking a deep breath in through your nose, holding it and letting it out through your mouth can often make you feel like your heart is slowing down and can bring your panic level down. You can also try doing yoga on a regular basis; doing yoga can help prevent panic attacks because of the relaxation techniques it teaches.

Picking a certain time to do all your worrying can also help; make it the same time everyday if needed and think about all your worries then, the possible solutions, and then ask yourself “what’s the worst that can happen?”. This may help you to see that what you are worrying about doesn’t really matter to anyone but you and that it may not even be that big of a deal.

Sometimes these strategies don’t work or simply don’t work well enough leading some people to take medication to get rid of their symptoms. For people with depression panic attacks can occur very often and disrupt daily lives. Taking medication can greatly help the situation and your doctor may even recommend getting counseling also.
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