ASP vs Panic and Anxiety Disorders
Experiencers and medical practitioners may misinterpret Awareness during Sleep Paralysis as a Panic Attack due to the fears that experiencers may have: fear of dying, fear of suffocation, fear of attack by unseen, possibly demonic, beings, etc.
Unfortunately, researchers have also detected a strong correlation between ASP experiences and the use of anti-anxiety drugs. Consequently, one might suspect that such drugs promote the condition they are trying to treat or that such drugs are ineffective or ...
In any case, more research is needed to clarify this relationship.