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What Causes Panic Disorders?

One of the most common questions asked by patients who suffer from panic disorders (and rightfully so) is what causes panic attacks and anxiety? A panic disorder, which is different from the normal stress that we face in our daily lives, is a sudden surge in anxiety and fear. It makes your heart pound abnormally, and is often characterized by a lack of breath. If left untreated, panic disorders can escalate into more frequent and severe panics.

To effectively remedy this dreadful condition, it is important to understand what causes the disorder in the first place. Unfortunately the causes is usually unknown. Studies however allude to a combination of factors that may be responsible for the disorder. If you suspect that you might be experiencing panic disorder symptoms, seek professional help.

How do normal panics differ from panic disorders?

Experts in human behavior maintain that panic attacks are a crucial part of our survival. If you never suffered from panic attacks from time to time, you would end up walking straight into uncountable danger zones.

Naturally, our brains receive signals that are meant to forewarn us of imminent dangers. When this happens, the Amygdala part of the brain is kicked into action. However, some people’s Amygdala reacts even when there is no sign of imminent danger. This is a sign of panic disorders.

The Amygdala response usually results in the production of the fright or fight hormone, adrenaline. If there was no imminent danger, and thus the adrenaline does not get used, the buildup of the hormone in the body can result into a panic disorder.

A list of possible causes of panic disorders

Family history

In some cases, panic disorders have been known to be hereditary. It can be passed from parents to their young ones like any other genes in the gene pool.

Anxious occasions during childhood

Another common reason why people may develop panic attacks is that as children, they were brought up in a world that was rough and full of distress. An early death of a relative, an abusive parent or severe illness during the early childhood years can result into panic attacks in later years.

Substance abuse

Use of drugs such as alcohol, opium, marijuana, cocaine, and heroine has been known to cause panic disorders. The drugs interfere with the normal functioning of the nervous system and may lead to the production of unnecessary adrenaline. Drug users also tend to have a lot of hallucinations, which leads to panicking.

High stress life events

Traumatic and stressful events in life can be a major contributing factor. Some patients who suffer from panic attacks might have gone through traumatic experiences such as the loss of a loved one, divorce, or loss of job. Sometimes, even happy events can trigger an anxiety attack such as getting married or starting a new career, which is mainly due to the nervousness or over-excitement of the situation.

Your problem is not your fault

For healing to occur, you need to understand that it’s not your fault. If you suspect that you might be suffering from a panic disorder, it is important that you seek medical attention. People do come out of panic disorders, and so can you.
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• Meet the Author ➞ Scarlett Brooke


I'm a integrative medicine consultant for those searching for healthier and natural alternatives for treating illnesses. I focus on a holistic approach using remedies, herbs, supplements, exercise and relaxation techniques. Although I helped people treat many different types of illnesses, my main area of specialty is treating anxiety, depression and panic disorders.


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