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Are Panic Attacks Abnormal

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By: David Smith

Panic attacks are normal in the sense that it is the body and the minds reaction to a certain stimulus. A certain portion of the brain controls the anxiety switch and becomes activated when there is a potential threat or danger.

This reaction is normal as it prepares the body for either a flight or fight syndrome. It also triggers other defenses into action and prepare for an assault. However when no actual assault occurs, this goes back into its original non-disturbed state and is at rest.

However, when the anxiety switch is repeatedly activated during times of stress, sadness, loss or anger, it can remain in the activated position. Frequent activation causes panic attacks and phobias to develop acknowledged as a new benchmark for the body despite minute or limited trigger.

Even when internally the body knows that the anxiety is a false alarm, the brain controls can no longer alter it consciously ones it becomes used to the frequent trigger. Unfavorably, during a limited or minimal anxiety the brain tends to over react and creates a cycle of fear that is usually difficult to dismiss.

This process happens and every anxiety stimulates the highest reaction without exception that results to panic attacks. Regardless of the anxiety conditions, the length of time they have occurred and their frequency, they ought to be treated regardless as a result of the very same mechanism that requires treatment and solution.

As a normal response of the body to a stimulus, panic attacks occur depending on its intensity. Lesser stressor requires lesser amount or intensity of response. However as the resulting response results in an improper compulsion or if the fear reaction is linked to a negative self-image, it may also create an negative anxiety response such as in stage fright.

Another remedy for a panic attack is taking glycerine which is converted slowly in the liver to glucose and prevents brain starvation and thereby causing a likelihood of an attack.

People who also have repeated attacks are more likely to experience another attack. Those who feel severe anxiety about having another attack are also said to have a panic disorder that triggers repeated attacks.
In some individuals, the exposure to stressful life events, or an environment that is associated with a stressful experience, and psychological thinking that exaggerate normal bodily reactions may often play a role in the onset of panic attack.

Some individuals who are more emotional and melodramatic about a stressful event in their lives and often dwell in a distressful situation are also prone to the incidence of panic attacks. These individuals are typically predisposed to a panic attack along with individuals who have a psychological or mental disorder.

Often a first attack is triggered by a physical illness or a major stress. People subjected to a major illness or stresses are predisposed to an attack along with individuals under certain medications. Adolescents and adults taking drugs are also in danger of panic attacks occurring within their teenage or adult life particularly when one is in a withdrawal stage.

Individuals who are also exposed to excessive responsibilities may develop a tendency to suffer panic attacks. Work and family responsibilities are also a triggering factor in panic attacks that are often associated with too much stress and less rest. However genetics play a very important factor in who are the likely victims of an attack.

Its exact causes are yet unknown but scientific studies believed that an imbalance of serotonin and norepinephrine are the likely culprits in the incidence of panic attacks where the neurological function is subjected to a chemical imbalance. Family tendencies are observed especially where hormone factors bring about a panic attack that is strikingly different from other types of anxiety disorders.

Diabetic patients suffering from hypoglycemia could also develop panic attacks. This is often brought about as the body refuses to respond properly to insulin, thereby interfering with the transport of glucose into the cells.

The brain depends heavily on a steady supply of glucose as its source of energy, a fall in blood sugar levels of the brain sends a distress signal to the adrenal glands to produce adrenaline.

Adrenaline as a panic hormone functions to raise blood sugar levels by converting glycogen into glucose to prevent brain starvation and thereby causing a likelihood of an attack.

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David Smith is the owner of Keyboard Books. You can find out more about Panic Attacks by going to

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