Anxiety Reduction Program – What are the Causes of Panic Attacks?
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Causes of Panic Attacks
The short and obvious answer: panic attacks are caused by high anxiety. But, what
exactly is anxiety? Understanding how anxiety crops up will help you defeat panic
One of the biggest myths surrounding anxiety is that it is harmful and can lead to a
number of various life-threatening conditions.
Definition of Anxiety
Anxiety is defined as a state of apprehension or fear resulting from the anticipation
of a real or imagined threat, event, or situation. It is one of the most common human
emotions experienced by people at some point in their lives.
However, most people who have never experienced a panic attack, or extreme
anxiety, fail to realize the terrifying nature of the experience. Extreme dizziness,
blurred vision, tingling and feelings of breathlessness—and that’s just the tip of the
When these sensations occur and people do not understand why, they feel they
have contracted an illness, or a serious mental condition. The threat of losing
complete control seems very real and naturally very terrifying.
Fight/Flight Response: One of the root causes of panic attacks?
I am sure most of you have heard of the fight/flight response as an explanation for
one of the root causes of panic attacks. Have you made the connection between this
response and the unusual sensations you experience during and after a panic attack
Anxiety is a response to a danger or threat. It is so named because all of its effects
are aimed toward either fighting or fleeing from the danger. Thus, the sole purpose of
anxiety is to protect the individual from harm. This may seem ironic given that you no
doubt feel your anxiety is actually causing you great harm…perhaps the most
significant of all the causes of panic attacks.
However, the anxiety that the fight/flight response created was vital in the daily