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Dealing with Panic Attacks

Panic attacks affect 1 in every 8American each year. Most of these cases are women, although such numbers are still left uncertain since this does not include the undiagnosed cases. About kids in their late adolescence to people in their early adulthood are susceptible to panic attacks, often due to childhood trauma or strenuous working conditions.

Although they are classified as serious forms of illnesses, they can be cured. Sometimes they manifests as symptoms of more abnormal behavior like schizophrenia or even hypochondria. Since panic attacks are in varying degrees depending on its specific type, there are times that such effects are a built-up of stress from work-related problems while some are slow accumulations of continuous mental trauma (as experienced by victims of assault or PTSD). This depends solely on your “trigger”


In the anxiety disorder, it’s called a “trigger”. Triggers come from any direction depending on the person involved.  But it’s usually a built-up or a sudden ill occurrence. When it comes to full-recovery cases, patience must not withhold any information in order to guarantee that they will be able to conquer such a disorder. The following are the possible causes of panic attacks:

  • Hereditary. This is often contested amongst psychologists and depending on whom you believe, this can or won’t make a difference when it comes to the recovery process. So far there are not tangible evidences that point out that panic attacks, by themselves, are hereditary in nature. In such cases they are just symptoms of more serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia and other sort of manias.
  • Biological Causes. This can pretty much be lumped in with hereditary causes. These are abnormalities that have caused panic attacks as complications to the already present illness. Panic attacks can, of course, present themselves as complications.
  • Stress. This is perhaps a common cause of anxiety attacks as a whole. This typically happens amongst working people who lack the much needed sleep that a person should take each day. Couple that with coffee and chain-smoking and it all can lead to stress disorders. Since your body cannot cope with the workload with very little sleep, it reacts negatively to it, causing episodes of panic attacks.
  • Traumatic Events. Victims of heinous crimes or tragic disasters usually develop symptoms of panic attacks as defense mechanisms to cope. They may exhibit heightened awareness that is common to sufferers as well as extreme cases of hypochondriacs.

Treating Panic Attacks

Contrary to what most people believe, panic attacks can not only be medicated, but one can fully recover from them given they seek treatment and take that treatment as soon as possible.  Clinical treatment in the form of undergoing a program or visiting a licensed psychiatrist can certainly help in the process.

Undergoing an anxiety management program not only helps you get medicated, but it also allows your mind to relax and be surrounded by people who are struggling with their own mental illnesses. Fellowship, relaxation and medication are perhaps the best combination for people who want to get rid of their panic attacks.

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