WHAT DOES ATTACK TRY?
The Canadian Mental Health Association says panic attacks can be brought up by stress, fatigue or even excessive exercise. Jacobs says there are two types of panic attacks: cued and uncued. "Cued attacks happen as a result of someone's already very worried or afraid of something that can escalate in panic," he said. "Uncued, who feels like panic attacks literally come out of nowhere – it can even happen in the middle of sleep." Gascon said in his statement that he passed away in the afternoon, he suffered both a change of medicine and a "Heart-rending career decision." He announced in September he plans to retire.
HOW DOES A PERSON COPE WITH A PANIC ATTACK?
There are many options for treating anxiety and panic attacks, including medication and counseling. One particular is called cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT. According to St Joseph's Health Care in Hamilton, CBT may include methods that confront a dreaded situation, as well as breathing techniques, and replace troubled thoughts with realism. In Gascon's case, he said his latest episode had "taken care of and dealt 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 lawyer Richard Wagner said in his own statement that Gascon continues to have its "full support and confidence". Jordan Friesen, the national director of mental health at the workplace of the Canadian Psychiatric Association, said it would be "relatively easy" for Gascon to return to work, as panic attacks tend to be time-limited. "I think the question for him and for his employer is to understand what to do if such a situation happens again," said Friesen. "I hope that if he experiences symptoms of a panic attack again, he can identify this to his employer and seek appropriate support – much like you would at work and start feeling sick with the flu."
HOW HAVE ATTITUDES TO MENTAL HEALTH ON THE WORKPLACE CHANGED OVER THE YEAR?
Last year, the family went to the late Supreme Court Gerald Le Dain publicly with the story of his resignation from the court in 1988, then said that Colonel Justice Brian Dickson forced Le Dain out after he was admitted with depression. A former top helper to Dickson had previously written that the decision was made because the Supreme Court had a heavy load at that time and could not cope with being a short judge, but Le Dain's family told CBC that he would have returned after a short time to recover. Contrary to the way Le Dain has been treated, the answer to Gascon's public statement has been overwhelmingly positive. Wagner said Gascon's statement took courage, while independent MP Jody Wilson-Raybould thanked him for sharing his fight. Doron Gold, a former lawyer who now works as a psychotherapist with Homewood Health, said the answer illustrates how attitudes have shifted – but he added that there is still a lot of work to do. "Things are so much better than they used to be, and they are so far from where they should be," Gold said.
Adam Burns, the Canadian press