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Can Panic Attacks Make Me Depressed?

by Dr. Blumberg on December 5, 2010

Setback-Depression is Secondary to Panic Disorder

Abracadabra panic disappears from your life.  You found a magical technique or new method. You think “It is gone forever!” You are floating on “cloud nine.” You found the answer.  Then, all of sudden, “Out of the Blue”, just when your life seemed perfect with no major stresses or upsets, Wham! Panic attacks are back with a vengeance. It is like a horrifying nightmare…you cannot believe it! You feel like you are on a panic attack roller coaster ride, going nowhere.

Do You Suffer From Panic Setback Depression?

Five Key Panic Setback Depression Thoughts

Examine the items below to see which one’s apply to you.

1)      I feel like I will never get better.

2)      I think I am a hopeless case.

3)      I can’t stand one more minute of feeling this way.

4)      Why can’t I just be like other people?

5)      Why am I feeling this way?

When you think you are panic free for life, it can be devastating to be hit with another bout of panic attacks, “Out of the Blue.” You can easily become discouraged and feel like giving up.  You just want that panic free life back now!  Who wants to start all over again?

Fight the Three D’s of Panic Setback Depression: Despondency, Discouragement and Despair

Don’t throw in the towel.  That panic free life is right around the corner. When you are in a setback, you are doing everything wrong again. The old habits of fighting and feeding the panic attack symptoms with fear grip you again. It is as if they had never left.  The old habits are second nature. They have been with you all your life. New skills require repeated practice and maintenance.

Six Steps to Rebound from Panic Setback Depression

1)      View the Setback as temporary rather than permanent.

2)      View the Setback as inevitable and seize the setback as a learning opportunity.

3)      During the Setback, don’t ask the “Why Question”.

4)      Ask yourself, what am I doing wrong and what steps can I take to rebound rapidly.

5)      Use the setback to refocus on basic take control training skills and stop the battle with symptoms.

6)      Understand that once you rebound, you will be stronger and your progress will be more lasting.

The good news is that once you rebound from your panic attack Setback, your depression will automatically clear up.

The Science of Panic Disorder Treatment

Panic disorder is a complex anxiety disorder that requires a comprehensive multi-faceted approach.  In 1991, the National Institute of Health in a Consensus Development Conference on Panic Disorder endorsed Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Panic Disorder. This expert panel based this conclusion on an extensive review of all the research and clinical trials available at that time.

Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) is a Learning Based Treatment That Requires Training and Daily Practice.

Maintenance and relapse prevention is the cornerstone of any effective CBT program. Similar to life style change, like weight loss, obtaining the goal is step one.  Staying on course and reversing slips is the key to living panic free.

Beyond CBT

Any comprehensive panic disorder program must help you understanding your Personal Risk Factor Profile. Finally, you must see your personal triggers for setbacks. Mastery of your core triggers is the key to staying panic free.

This educational information should be used in consultation with your doctor to confirm a diagnosis and to review available treatments for panic disorder.

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