Friday, January 9, 2015

What Causes Panic Attacks

We couldn't find any specific cause for panic attacks or panic disorder from our research. However, from talking with our friends and relatives who experience panic attacks and the research, we know that genetics, stress, and certain changes in the way parts of your brain function may play an important role in panic attacks. Heart problems, substance abuse, and traumatic events in the past could also be the causes of panic attacks.
  • Genetics: Panic disorder has been found to run in families.  If someone in your family has suffered from panic attacks, there is a higher chance that you may also suffer from unexpected panic attacks.  However, it is important to know that many people who have no family history of the panic disorder also experience it.
  • Stress:  Panic attacks often happen when you are under stress.  Sudden life changing circumstances, such as, job loss, divorce, relocation, change of job or career, or during the pregnancy, can bring on the feeling of distress.  If you ignore the distress and don’t handle it properly, it is likely that you could have panic attacks.  Therefore, it is very important to know how to deal with your stress when it occurs.

  • Phobias:  Fears and phobias can also trigger panic attacks without any warning.  People often experience panic attacks if they have extreme fear about certain objects or situation.

  • Illnesses and Medications:  Physical illnesses can also trigger panic attacks.  It is important to know that some medications may have side effects that could trigger panic attacks.  These effects could be temporary, and could go away once you stop taking the medications.  Be sure to talk to your doctor if you are experiencing any discomfort.
Another thing you could consider is cutting back caffeine and alcohol.  Perhaps you can try non-alcoholic or decaffeinated drinks (some of people find this hard to follow, but, just give it a try).

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