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What triggers random anxiety and panic attacks when nothing is going on?

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Last Updated: 04/02/2021 at 3:45pm
What triggers random anxiety and panic attacks when nothing is going on?
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January 10th, 2018 10:54pm
It's mainly through your thoughts or just thinking that there should be something going on that you forgot, even when you are constantly reminded. I always feel the need to be productive and always doing something, and if I'm not, I get really anxious. It just happens.
January 19th, 2018 3:38am
Sometimes they are triggered when I am going to travel. Other times they come on for no reason at all
January 19th, 2018 5:44am
triggers can come out of nowhere. I could be looking at someone having fun and be like how are they having so much fun. I could think of my favorite show and start crying because episodes didn't come out. I have lots of existential panic attacks a lot. thinking about life could make me start crying. So i try to just have fun so i don't cry during school.
January 28th, 2018 11:36pm
Chemical inbalance, loud noises and sudden stressful thoughts. Sudden, extreme life changes. Sometimes I can't tell at all.
February 3rd, 2018 12:03pm
Sometimes anxiety attacks can be triggered by smell, a sound or even a color. When you are already stressed you are more prone to have a panic attack.
February 3rd, 2018 11:54pm
Thoughts about being anxious / having a panic attack and being unable to control it. Thoughts of a future event that might have a negative outcome.
February 7th, 2018 7:43am
your thoughts. they are pulling the trigger and opening the door to overthinking, which leads to anxiety and panic attack, and also develop your fantasy. you start imagining things that will never happen out of nowhere and it stresses you out and makes you worried, even tho it's unimportant, you get worried and those worries can lead to panic and paranoia as well.
February 11th, 2018 4:28am
Personally, I may get an anxiety attack when there is noting really happening around me but a thought or many thoughts pop into my head. However, I imagine 'nothing going on' also means cognitively. Random panic attacks can be due to genetic predisposition, early childhood anxiety, persistent stress over a length of time, are all a few invisible, unavoidable factors. Then if you're thinking about stuff, or was thinking about something earlier that was stressful, you may get a panic attack. Too much alone time with your thoughts can bring on attacks, but even a lack of goals in life, no matter how small, can trigger the fight/flight response because you need those emotions to cope with relieving stressors.
February 14th, 2018 3:55pm
The nature of anxiety is that it is not always connected to something that is currently happening that's why it is hard to deal with it.
February 21st, 2018 3:03am
Literally ANYTHING can trigger anxiety and panic attacks! I didn't realize this for so long, but sites, smells, and everything else can trigger anxiety!
February 22nd, 2018 8:21am
This sounds like generalized anxiety and it can be brought on by nothing in particular. I suggest speaking with a therapist to find what works best for you to fight these attacks.
March 2nd, 2018 10:58pm
Just the fear of something is going to go wrong and you getting looked at and people are talking about you
March 7th, 2018 6:44pm
Not everything has a trigger with generalized anxiety disorder nothing has to happen for anxiety to come on it's what you do to be able to cope in that moment is what really matters.
March 28th, 2018 3:09pm
Anything could trigger anxiety, but usually stress is the one property that carries people away, be it momentaneous or due to past events.
March 30th, 2018 9:07pm
Expectancy of something happening. Not knowing what to do now you have some quiet time. any number of factors, its best to just take your time and learn from wat happens and plan accordingly in the future so it doesn't become such a large hurdle.
April 5th, 2018 3:38pm
from my own personal experience what triggers random anxiety are actions caused by other people that we come across whether they are visitors or just complete strangers how they treat their kids or in a relationship on things are going through yelling and screaming the blame when a person walks away I'm more serious situations that do indeed bring back anxieties as well as panic attacks
April 11th, 2018 1:11am
Maybe you see things that trigger a bad memory. Like seeing someone being bullied you'll remember your experience of being bullied and it'll trigger your anxiety and panic attacks. Maybe you're just remembering too deeply that you remember all those bad times in your life
April 18th, 2018 11:18pm
Loud noises, crowds often cause anxiety or panic for me. When my teacher looks around the room for someone to answer a question, I often look down because of instinct, which causes him to think I'm not paying attention. I go blank and embarrass myself in front of my entire class when that happens.
April 20th, 2018 8:55am
The slightest things can trigger anxiety, even noises when you are asleep can cause you to wake up in the morning feeling panicked and anxious
April 26th, 2018 9:16pm
This can entirely depends from person to person. Everyone has unique triggers for anxiety, and often only by actively practicing mindfulness are we able to identify them beforehand or during their onset. If you feel random anxiety or a panic attack, try a grounding exercise and then see if you can identify what it was that set you off personally so you can be aware of it for the future!
April 29th, 2018 1:46pm
Anything can trigger an anxiety or panic attack. It could be your surroundings, your thoughts, what someone said, etc..
May 2nd, 2018 10:35am
Remembering a situation in the past and keep thinking of what have could been can triggers anxiety easily
May 11th, 2018 10:12pm
Your thoughts might trigger the anxiety and panic attacks, one thought alone can set you off, I know it sounds terrible, but there’s various methods you can use to stop a panic attack, for example, grounding.
May 12th, 2018 5:36am
Cutting or other suicidal actions on the arms, legs, or other body parts. This makes me uncomfortable and triggers me
May 17th, 2018 12:00am
Numerous possibilities. First, I recommend a doctor visit. Also, there are things such as diet and sleep issues that can impact mood. You also may have some issues that you are suppressing that you may need to talk out with someone. Most importantly - don't freak out over it. It's actually fairly common. : )
May 19th, 2018 8:52pm
Too much noise on a room or just too much stimuli. Also being in a place which is crowded by people
May 23rd, 2018 3:16am
Overwhelming emotions, or feeling a lack of control can be a trigger for most people. It tends to hit out of the blue and for no reason at all.
May 31st, 2018 3:58pm
For me, my anxiety can be triggered by merely thinking about the possible outcomes of some of my decisions. Did I make the right choice? Should I've done something different? But then I just think, it's no longer in my control. If I can't do anything about it, I have no reason to worry about it. Obviously, that doesn't always work, but it does most of the time. For the times it doesn't work, I just take a few deep breaths and think about what good has come of my decisions and what good can come of them.
June 1st, 2018 3:21pm
Anxiety attacks can be triggered by a lot of things, there is never ‘nothing going on’ and I think the most important thing is to practise grounding techniques and other self help methods in order to calm yourself enough to seek either professional help, help from peers, or talking to a listener on 7 cups
June 9th, 2018 11:48pm
Anything does, being around crowds of people and feeling stuck in one place, but everyone is different