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Can anxiety attacks happen when your not stressed?

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Last Updated: 04/13/2020 at 6:34pm
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December 25th, 2018 6:11am
Absolutely. Anxiety attacks in many cases occur out of nowhere which is why it can be so confusing to the person suffering from them. A large % of ER visits for chest pain end up being nothing more than anxiety, but in the moment it is nearly impossible to convince the other person that there is no physical danger. Panic attacks can occur at any given time for reasons completely unknown to the individual experiencing the attacks. Clinically This is referred to as "free floating anxiety," and can be extremely frightening for the person experiencing this. The unpredictable nature of the attacks is a significant cause of panic disorder, or the fear of having an anxiety attack, specifically in public with no trigger or warning beforehand.
July 17th, 2018 4:47pm
In my experience, they can happen at any time. Usually preceded by a "trigger" or "stressor" that makes you feel stress/anxiety/panic, panic attacks and anxiety attacks can happen at any time, without warning.
September 3rd, 2018 10:30am
Actually, yes. This might happen because when you're stressed, your biological responses are all focused and fully activated. When you're not stressed, and your body doesn't have to face a "real enemy", it can activate another mood of lingering anxiety. This is why you can feel apparently at ease, but in fact you're prone to anxiety attacks. Danger is over, so to say, and your brain has some time to invest in its new hobby (sadly, anxiety). The best way to cope is to practice some meditation and to reassure your mind there's nothing to be scared of, because everything is under control.
September 25th, 2018 9:26pm
When i was on college i used to have completely unexplained anxiety attacks. I didn't feel stressed or anxious and i felt normal. The attacks were harsh on my body and i later found that stress isn't always felt. You can be stressed without feeling stressed or anxious, believe it or not. An anxiety attack is your body telling you that you need to leave a situation, you are overwhelmed, you need support or something else. You should listen to it. If you alwaays find yourself have an attack in certain situations, whether you feel the stress or not, try to figure out what it is about the situation, or to start with, you can avoid it. Although you cant do that froever.
April 13th, 2020 6:34pm
I never had an anxiety attack, but I think anxiety is linked with stress. Some times the stress is so noticable and can cause anxiety. But if there is anxiety there's stress, One of my friend have anxiety attack due to exam stress , others have because of social problems , like relationship difficulties , some have phobias that can cause the attack. Anxiety management also include stress management , relaxation techniques , deep breathing exercises to minimize stress therefore minimizing the anxiety..