What Causes Panic Attacks

What Causes Panic Attacks
What Causes Panic Attacks

Have you ever had a sudden feeling of intense fear and anxiety where you may have felt like you are losing control or even having a heart attack? This may have been a panic attack. Some signs that you are experiencing a panic attack include a rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, chills, hot flashes, shaking etc. 

Now, what causes panic attacks? While there is no exact known reason, there are many factors that play a significant role. Firstly, the way that your genes are constructed affects your likelihood of having a panic attack. Some people could very easily develop these attacks while others may never experience one.

 Secondly, your childhood is very important when it comes to panic attacks. This is because, if you grew up in an environment where you did not feel safe, and maybe even anxious, or there was a major event such as a death or illness, maybe even divorce or alcoholism, you are more likely to develop panic attacks.

 Thirdly, you may develop these attacks after experiencing a period of high stress or stressful changes. This could vary from being trapped in a bad job or relationship to experiencing the loss of a loved one. Other times the changes themselves may not be bad ones like marriage, moving, having children, but the added up stress can be hard for you to cope with. 

What you should remember is that none of these factors are in your control, and panic attacks are never your fault. You should try your best to prioritize your health. In my next article, I will talk about what you can do when you feel a panic attack coming on, while you are going through it, and what you can do after. 

 

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