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Does it help to identify panic triggers?

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Last Updated: 01/03/2022 at 7:54am
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June 17th, 2015 10:24am
I believe it would be most efficient to do so. Once you are aware of your triggers, you can usually prevent/avoid them in the future- not always- but at least, enough to warn people, or leave/avoid a particular environment.
November 18th, 2014 5:19am
I would definitely say it helps to identify triggers. This way, you can tackle the problem head on by learning how to deal with the triggers as well! :)
July 20th, 2015 11:26am
It definitely helps to identify panic triggers. By identifying these triggers, you can figure out the best way to avoid them. You can also get to the root of the trigger and, with help, figure out why this is a trigger for you. This is great in the long term and can lead to finding positive coping mechanisms and techniques to help avoid panic attacks/ anxiety in the future and being able to control them when they do happen. Through identifying your triggers, you will find out a lot about yourself. Having a strong sense of identity is important in building a solid sense of self and can impact and change your way of thinking in a big way.
October 2nd, 2014 1:49am
It does help to identify your triggers! This is because the more you know about what triggers you, the better you can avoid situations that involve your trigger.
October 3rd, 2014 1:04pm
I think it is very helpful to identify triggers, whether it's addiction or anxiety that one is dealing with. To be able to identify triggers gives on the ability to prepare for or avoid the situation.
October 23rd, 2014 1:24am
Identifying triggers can be a huge help. It lets you know what factors (interpersonal, environmental, etc) impact you and in what way. Knowing your triggers empowers you to get back into the swing of your life, with the knowledge that you're able to handle what you come up against.
October 24th, 2014 6:24pm
Identifying triggers is the first step in finding coping mechanisms. It helps a ton to be able to know what your triggers are because then you can create an action plan regarding them.
October 26th, 2014 6:18pm
Yes it does. It gives us a name and something we can blame for the confusion and overwhelming feelings so we can work towards treating it.
November 1st, 2014 8:18am
Yes, it helps to identify triggers in order to avoid them and not to be triggered. Identifying and avoiding triggers is one of the most important things during recovery.
November 1st, 2014 11:16am
Yes it does. The awareness of the situations as well as the triggers allows us to be forewarned when an attack is coming, and in doing so we would be able to cope with the attacks better. :)
November 2nd, 2014 3:40pm
Yes, it does help because then you'd be able to spot the warning signs and help to stop or curb the problem before it gets out of control.
November 6th, 2014 1:23am
yes because it may seem like it's more manageable but it all depends on what your triggers are sometimes people can't even think about them because it's so bad
November 6th, 2014 5:26pm
Definitely. It's the most helpful to not only identify them, but train yourself to go through thinking about why they're triggers, what caused them, how you're reacting to them, and if there are better ways to perceive or react to them. Ways to deal with rethinking triggers can be found in a bunch of the self-help guides, so if you haven't, you might want to give the one most relevant to your problems a look-through. Even if you don't write out the exercises, thinking through them and keeping them at the back of your head can help you cope.
November 8th, 2014 11:20pm
Identifying triggers can help sometimes as it may help you to avoid a certain triggering situations.
November 12th, 2014 1:39am
Yes, if you know what's going to trigger you, you can avoid it, or at least be aware that it's going to happen.
November 13th, 2014 9:29pm
It really does. It helps because you know how to prevent yourself from being triggered. For me, I know I have high anxiety when my room is messy, so if I make sure it is clean I won't have a 'freak out' later in the week.
November 15th, 2014 1:59pm
Yes, it does help to identify triggers as it's important to be mindful of them especially in social situation.
November 15th, 2014 2:37pm
Yes of course it does. By identifying triggers you can learn to control/avoid them therefore moving forwards and taking a huge step towards recovery
April 11th, 2015 5:56pm
In most cases, yes, although identifying them may lead to you excessively trying to avoid them, which can inconvenience you in the end.
June 10th, 2015 6:01am
In my experience, yes. Identifying your triggers can make it much easier to live with panic and anxiety disorders. Avoiding panic attacks becomes much easier when you know *what* to avoid. :) "Knowing is half the battle".
June 30th, 2015 9:11pm
Yes, I found that when you find what the trigger is you can resolve the problem a lot easier therefore preventing unwanted panic attacks
July 28th, 2015 6:36am
In my opinion, one of the most important steps in coping with panic attacks is learning to identify your triggers. Knowing this can be the key to helping you prevent them altogether, or at the very least, can assist you in lessening the severity of an attack. You will be able to avoid certain things that you know will trigger you, or if you know you will be exposed to one, you can take steps to prepare yourself.
August 17th, 2015 10:41pm
Yes, greatly. Much like with phobias, knowing what scares you enables you to face it. Then you can overcome it, using logic to process and conquer the feelings that cause panic and fear.
August 20th, 2015 6:14pm
Yes! By identifying your triggers, you can prepare yourself to cope with them when they appear. By feeling prepared you can feel like you have more control of the situation, and this could ease your mind.
October 26th, 2015 5:09am
Yes. Once you can identify what your triggers are you can either avoid them or learn to deal with them and reduce the affect they may have on you. Sometimes you may even be able to work through a process to turn the trigger off. Although that takes alot of work and time to achieve.
November 3rd, 2015 1:16pm
Absolutely! Unless you know what things cause you to panic, how can you ever get help dealing with or completely avoiding these triggers? Know your enemy and then fight!
December 14th, 2015 1:34am
Deffinitley! If you identify your triggers you can work to plan ahead for them and either avoid them entirely or plan how to cope with them as they come up.
January 4th, 2016 9:41am
It honestly does, the more you are able to identify what your panic triggers are the easier you can find ways to handle them perhaps avoid them if it is a severe one. When you know your panic trigger you can come up with appropriate and effective responses to calm or subdue your panic, for instance if family gatherings make you panic for a certain reason, you can take some quite time off and take a walk when you feel overwhelmed and listen to music to help deal with the emotions. Knowing your trigger puts you in a better position to fight through it.
January 7th, 2016 4:34am
Yes! Identifying panic triggers will help you work through the things that cause anxiety for you. The point of identifying triggers is not to avoid them, but to work through them.
July 18th, 2016 10:21am
It helps, but most important is to identify what makes you get over a panic attack. You can make a list with possible solutions, or just be aware that you have to do something with your hands for one and a half minutes :)