In reaction to a stressful or new situation, a person will experience a natural emotion called panic. This is a natural instinct in response to events that may be dangerous or stressful. When this happens, it is generally it only last for a brief period of time and the threat is something that is defined and of true concern. In these cases the term fight or flight is the response that is experienced. On the same token, a panic reaction occurs on a frequent basis when there are no true life threatening situations. Instead, it appears with no reason or due cause.
Panic attack causes are often difficult to determine. For example the experience may be more of a medical or mental problem and is just an underlying issue. In individuals with a serious illness, this can manifest, along with side effects to substances or drugs that have been prescribed as a result of a prescription, although illegal drugs can make them manifest as well. One serious illness that is a one of the more common panic attack causes is psychosomatic. This is when irrational thoughts or feelings result in the start of a panic attack. In addition, lose of a loved one, or any painful experience can help to create a panic attack. These panic attacks can be the result of events, environmental conditions and some objects that can have a phonic sense to them. Some food and drinks that have stimulants in addition to sugar can trigger events. Some recent research has even documented that this condition is hereditary.
It is essential to determine the root cause of panic attacks to help find the best treatment available. Along with this, knowing the triggers of what is causing the attacks can help to prevent future occurrences. With that in mind, the best therapy targets the identification of the causes involved, and then progresses. If it turns out that the panic attack causes are from a psychological issue, commonly psychotherapy or a natural solution will be used. In cases that the problem is associated with an illness, medication can be prescribed. In certain cases, the use of mental therapy along with drug therapy might be recommended.
Panic attack causes can be numerous, and the overall true cause is still being researched. Foods that are high in additives like aspartame or heavy dyes are believed to be panic attack causes. Some believe that a Zinc and Magnesium deficiency along with other nutrients could be a cause as well.
The following list shows some panic attack causes:
Anxiety Conditions or Medical Illness: These include, Adjustment Disorder, Agoraphobia, Panic Disorder, Social Phobia, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress, Disorder Separation Anxiety Disorder, other phobias.
Events which are traumatic: Painful breakups, life changing events, loss of a loved one.
Psychosomatic: Having pessimistic or what-if scenario thoughts
Behavior and reaction that has been conditioned
Serious Medical Condition: asthma, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, heart diseases, Chemical poisoning Jet Duel, chest pains, hyperventilation syndrome, hypoglycemia, hyperthyroidism, Wilsons disease, mitral valve prolapse, labyrinthitis (inner ear disturbance), Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, vertigo
Known Stimulants: some of these include alcohol, caffeine, nicotine
Medications that have side effects that are panic attack causes, the following is an example there may be additional ones that you take as well: asthma medication, Catovit , fluoroquinolone type antibiotics, steroids, Ritalin (methylphenidate), , Mazindol, Prolintate, Sanorex
Withdrawal symptoms from medication, drugs or alcohol: Ecstasy, amphetamine, cocaine and even marijuana are some common drugs.
A deficiency in Vitamin B
There are some Physical and Environmental Conditions that trigger Panic Attacks: These include: cramped spaces, dark rooms, humid atmosphere, stuffy atmosphere, hot atmosphere, and elevated positions.