Do you find that anxiety prevents you from enjoying life as you should? It is important to find a method that helps you manage your stress. Breathing exercises, therapy attendance and medications are all options.
To find the solution that is right for you it is important to understand the factors that trigger these panic attacks in the first place.
In this article you will learn the most common causes for anxiety attacks. Keep reading to discover the common causes and triggers of panic attacks that are listed below.
9 Common Causes and Triggers of Panic Attacks
Phobia - People who are exposed to certain situation or objects they are afraid of will often experience a panic attack.
Passiveness - Many think that excessive politeness, shyness, and respectfulness are a positive thing and it is normal for someone to possess these characteristics.
Be that as it may, a growing number of evidence supports the idea that passiveness as a result of fear (sometimes unexplained), low self-esteem and self-confidence is consistent with a person experiencing episodes of panic attack.
Hyperventilation Syndrome - Mouth breathing and over-breathing or exhaling more carbon dioxide with respect to the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream can result to symptoms including dizziness, lightheadedness, and rapid heartbeat. These symptoms, in turn trigger panic attacks.
Benzodiazepines - Drugs such as benzodiazepines are prescribed to treat the symptoms of panic attacks. These drugs have a very quick to take effect. Usually, the patient finds relief within 30 minutes.
However, benzodiazepines are highly addictive and rebound effect is common (a panic attack triggered by withdrawing from the drug).
Medications - There are certain drugs such as fluoroquinolone type antibiotics and Ritalin (methylphenidate) with panic attacks listed as a side effect. Attacks may be temporary, usually occurring when a patient begins medication but may continue occurring even if the patient is already accustomed to the drug.
When this happens, change of dosage or type of drug is usually warranted. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors or SSRIs boost the level of serotonin in the brain which regulates and normalizes emotions.
However, intake of SSRIs can increase anxiety at the beginning of use. Panic attacks may even be more frequent to patients who wean on and off the medications
Biological causes - Post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, Wilson’s disease, pheochromocytoma, hypoglycemia, mitral valve prolapse and labyrinthitis (inner ear disturbances) can manifest through panic attack.
Vitamin B deficiency from periodic depletion because of parasitic infection from tapeworm or due to inadequate diet can trigger panic attacks.
Heredity - Children, whose parents who have been found to suffer from panic disorder, are likely to experience or have panic attacks as well. In other words, inheritance plays an important role in determining who gets it. However, people with no family history can still develop panic disorder.
Environment factors and upbringing - People who grew up overly cautious about their life and actions, and those who live in a very stressful environment, plus different traumatic experiences from the past are likely to have panic attacks.
Short-term triggers - There can be short term triggers such as significant changes in your life, emotional stress from a failed relationship, life transitions, stimulants such as nicotine and caffeine, psilocybin, marijuana, and other drugs can trigger anxiety attacks.
Obviously there can be other factors that can trigger anxiety that may not have been covered on the above list. This list is meant to educate you on the most common causes that have been known to trigger panic attacks.
Knowing the triggers that cause these panic attacks is an important first step to help you better understand and diagnose your own personal situation. When you understand your own personal triggers you will be able to control, prevent or eliminate them all together.