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The Unreasonable Source Of Panic Attacks

By Yuval Harpaz

Juliette (not her real name) finds it uncomfortable to shop at peak times. The number of people around her continually makes her edgy and she struggles not to drop her groceries and run from the store. As a Panic Attack sufferer, she no longer shops at peak hours, preferring to wait until late at night, risking dark walks and night prowlers rather than crowds of shoppers. If she just could simply know what triggered it at the first place.

The panic reflex is normal. It is part of our “”fight or flight” reflex, the animal part of us that assesses each situation to decide whether it is safe or whether a fight is likely. The part which tells us we can fight to defend ourselves, or that we are outnumbered or outmatched and should flee.

But for some people this reaction becomes much too sensitive. Situations we take for granted every day can trigger the desire to flee. They find themselves panicking at the slightest situation, even normal grocery shopping as in Juliette’s case.

The American Psychiatric Association identifies a panic attack as a noted condition, adding a list of symptoms such as tremors, shortness of breath and pain in the chest. To those who suffer it’s surreal, even though most of the population will never experience this type of situation.

Some studies have even suggested that Panic Attacks may be hereditary, particularly in cases of identical twins. Other studies indicate that those whose parents were overly cautious might inadvertently encourage the development of anxiety and Panic Attacks in their children.

Most of us have phobias of one kind or another, which can with no rational explanation cause Panic Attacks; insects, snakes or heights being the most common. In these cases, however, the cause is obvious and the symptoms disappear the moment the focus of the phobia is removed. Panic attack sufferers have no triggers, their attacks can occur at any time for any reason.

Occasionally, a prescription drug can cause an attack. Ritalin and Quinolone based drugs can are the most common reported for causing Panic Attacks. When this occurs, the elimination of those medicines will stop the symptoms and attacks.

Panic Disorder, at its most severe typically begins before the age of 24. Women experience panic disorder as twice as often as men. In a report that was done in 2004, showed that 40% of the patients had attacks before the age of 20.

When Panic Disorder is left untreated, it can dramatically disturb a patient’s life. They are faced with the challenge of being labeled as mentally ill, and the stigma follows them around. This is a condition that can be treated with different cognitive methods and modern drugs. Anyone that is concerned should most certainly consult with their doctor.

Find out more how to Stop Panic Attacks by visiting Yuval Harpaz’s site at, where you can download a FREE self-help guide on how to Start Reducing Stress NOW for your needs.

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