What are panic attacks and what causes them? A look at the problem | LethbridgeNewsNOW | Lethbridge, Alberta

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WHAT CAUSES AN ATTACK?

The Canadian Association for Mental Health states that panic attacks can be caused by stress, fatigue or even excessive exercise. Jacobs says there are two types of panic attacks: hatched or not. "Cormored attacks happen because of someone already very worried or afraid of something that can turn into panic," he said. "Unfair, which seems as if panic attacks literally came from nothing – it can even happen in the middle of sleep." Gascon said in his statement that he disappeared in the afternoon, he was struck by both a change of drugs and a "harrowing career decision". He announced in September that he intends to retire.

HOW DOES A PERSON WORK WITH A PANIC ATTACK?

There are many options for treating anxiety and panic attacks, including medication and counseling. One in particular is called cognitive behavior therapy, or CBT. According to St. Joseph's Healthcare of Hamilton, CBT can include methods such as dealing with a feared situation, as well as breathing techniques and replacing anxious thoughts with realistic ones. In the case of Gascon, he said his recent episode had been "treated and treated with the necessary medical support".

CAN YOU RETURN TO WORK AFTER A PANIC ATTACK?

Gascon said in his statement that he is "fully capable" of performing his duties as a judge, and Chief Justice Richard Wagner said in his own statement that Gascon continues to have his "full support and trust". Jordan Friesen, the national director of mental health in the workplace at the Canadian Mental Health Association, said it should be "relatively simple" for Gascon to return to work, since panic attacks tend to be limited in time. "I think the question becomes, for him and his employer, is understanding what to do if such a situation repeats itself," Friesen said. "My hope is that if he is experiencing the symptoms of a panic attack again he is able to go and identify him with his employer and seek appropriate support, just as you would if you were at work and you start feeling sick with the influence ".

HOW HAVE ATTITUDE TOWARDS MENTAL HEALTH ON THE WORKPLACE CHANGED DURING THE YEARS?

Last year, the family of the late Supreme Court judge, Gerald Le Dain, published the story of his departure from the court in 1988, saying that then Chief Justice Brian Dickson forced Le Dain to go out after being been hospitalized for depression. A former senior Dickson aide had previously written that the decision had been made because the Supreme Court had a heavy burden at the time and could not bear to be a short-term judge, but Le Dain's family told CBC that he would return after a short free period to recover. In contrast to the way Le Dain was allegedly treated, the response to Gascon's public statement was extraordinarily positive. Wagner said Gascon's explanation took courage, while independent deputy Jody Wilson-Raybould thanked him for sharing his struggle. Doron Gold, a former lawyer who now works as a psychotherapist with Homewood Health, said the answer illustrates how attitudes have shifted, although he added that there is still a lot of work to do. "Things are much better than before, and they're so far from where they should be," Gold said.

Adam Burns, The Canadian Press

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