Post-Menopausal Women More Likely To Suffer From Panic Attacks

While the medical community is aware that panic attacks and panic disorder affect women more than men, a recent survey shows that women who are post-menopausal are more prone. Sudden fear, anxiety or discomfort, are all elements of panic attacks and disorder. Severe attacks can adversely affect sufferers to a point where they’re afraid to step out of their houses. Most sufferers of panic attacks & panic disorder are prescribed antidepressants like Paroxetine & Trazodone. The brand-name versions are very expensive. But fortunately, generic Paroxetine & Trazodone, the bio-equivalents of the branded prescription drugs are much cheaper so panic attack & panic disorder sufferers can live fuller, happier lives.

Massachusetts General Hospital conducted a survey on a group of 3,369 women between the ages of 50 to 79 years as part of the Women’s Health Initiative. The researchers observed that 17.9% of women were seen to suffer from either partial or full-blown panic attacks. They also noted that women who suffered from chronic illnesses such as emphysema, migraine & heart disease were more prone to panic attacks, along with those who had undergone stressful experiences.

But, the survey could not associate panic attacks in post-menopausal women with the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This is first corroborative evidence of panic attacks and panic disorder among post-menopausal women.

Another unrelated study has found that a lack of sleep contributes to anxiety disorders. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) demonstrated the heightened activity in the amygdala and insular cortex in healthy persons who hadn’t had enough sleep. The study conducted by neuroscientists from the University of California points to the negative effect of sleep loss on innate worriers. Evidence suggests that people who are naturally more anxious will suffer the long-term effects of sleep deprivation and run the risk of developing anxiety disorder.

According to researchers, data points to the benefits of sleep therapy for people who suffer the generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Sleep deprivation is treatable and Trazodone, a generic drug, is used to treat insomnia. Other experts cited the independent study as being an important contributor to the growing body of study that shows lack of sleep leads to reduced emotional information processing & emotion regulation.

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