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If I have one panic attack, what are the chances I will have another?

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Last Updated: 05/29/2018 at 4:25pm
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September 10th, 2014 8:33pm
If you have one panic attack, it doesn't necessarily mean you will have another, however it's still important to understand the underlying reason that caused you to have a panic attack. It's possible it's just a one-time thing (especially if you just experienced a traumatic event - or the death of someone close) but if it just seems to stem from general anxiety then you should definitely see someone about it!
November 12th, 2014 1:57am
Panic attacks are nothing to really worry about but if you do start fearing a panic attack so much that your raising anxiety triggers a panic attack then you have something we call FoF (Fear of Fear). Basically you have a panic attack in fear of having a panic attack. I would look at all the mindulness and anxiety resources on our site to adapt some very effective countermeasures to anxiety.
October 30th, 2014 8:42pm
As long as you are aware of your situation, the chances of another panic attack are very low. You just need to stay in control of yourself and your thoughts, and with the right guidance this is easy to do.
April 30th, 2018 2:43pm
Most people experience a panic attack once, so it's not something you necessarily have to worry about. Although what can be "dangerous" is to be scared of having another one, which will then make you anxious and could cause another panic attack etc. Actually, that's what a panic disorder is. It's when the fear of having a panic attack triggers them and it goes on. But having one panic attack is not a big deal. Yes it feels awful but it doesn't have to stay that way. And even if you do get other panic attacks, it's also okay because you end up learning to manage them. You'll be alright.
October 30th, 2014 8:37pm
That depends a lot on the circumstances surrounding the panic attack! Sometimes panic attacks are isolated incidents brought on by the extreme stress of a situation, while other times they're caused by more pervasive disorders. If you've had a panic or anxiety attack, the best thing you can do is contact a mental health professional so that they can evaluate your risk level. If this option isn't available to you, though, community outreach and support is the next best thing! If you're worried about having another panic attack, there are several guides on how to manage anxiety and panic attacks in the moment, and on how to take care of yourself and calm down after one.
November 17th, 2014 3:23pm
Just because you have one panic attack does not mean you will have another. Most peoeplr have experienced a panic attack, and not all of them expetienced another.
June 29th, 2015 9:23pm
Having a panic attack means that you're a very anxious person, so you very well might have another, but that doesn't mean you should count on it happening again
October 22nd, 2014 11:09pm
If you have one panic attack, it is possible you may experience more when you are triggered/stressed
October 5th, 2014 1:27am
It's generally a different experience for everyone, you can't generalize with mental and physical health. Although if you do identify symptoms of an upcoming panic attack, there are many ways you can deal with this and possibly avoid it. Please check 7 cups panic attack help guide for tips x
November 10th, 2014 6:56pm
The chances of having another panic attack after an attack varies for each individual. As panic attacks are a person's bodily response to stressful situations, they could have a series of panic attack and then never again, or a panic attack might just be triggered in when the stress level hits a certain level for the person. Worrying about having an attack after another, might trigger one. However, learning to accept the feeling and overcoming it will decrease the chance of another attack occurring :)
November 17th, 2014 1:41pm
It depends. I used to suffer of panic attacks but now I don't. I suffered of them because the life I was living was bad and full of bad things. But now I have overcome it and I don't have panic attacks anymore. If you are happy with yourself you'll be better!
September 1st, 2015 8:34am
If you have a panic attack, it's likely that you'll have another one. They are not dangerous though, fear is only fear, and it cant hurt you.
January 9th, 2017 4:13am
From my experience, if you have one panic attack, you will probably have another one in the future, because there are reasons that this is happening and unless you are able to discover the reasons (which can be either in the present or in the past) the panic attacks usually will continue to occur.
April 10th, 2018 3:55am
If you have one panic attack you may have more chances to getting another one or not one at all because it differs in what triggers it and when it will occur next.
November 16th, 2014 4:52pm
Panic attacks can be a scary thing. It's not really a for sure thing if you will or will not have another one. Try to practice some breathing exercises when/if you start to feel anxious again.
April 29th, 2015 7:48am
depends on the situation that caused it. lots of people cause mine and sounds that remind me of PTSD images. so it happens a lot. but others its just if its blood or something that can be easily avoidable.
September 26th, 2014 8:49pm
It's possible to have other panic attacks. I personally started to have them for the 2 last years. And it's still happening. Planning to go and see a doctor soon .
November 5th, 2014 7:00am
The chances are high if one starts to compare themselves, make assumptions about others' lives, having suicidal thoughts.
July 28th, 2015 6:27pm
My experience with panic attacks demonstrated that they were self-fulfilling. If I worried I would have one, then it was more likely that I would. Making sure I was well-rested, had eaten, and was giving myself time to process stress helped mitigate them. It also helped when I found better coping techniques in the moment. I was less afraid of them when I could make them seem not so bad.
November 17th, 2015 7:52pm
Everyone is different. For me personally, If i have one, I will continue to have them in many different situations until I solve the underlying issue. Sometimes just talking about it helps
December 12th, 2017 3:59pm
This first time I had a panic attack was when I got proposed to. So extreme things give me panic very likely
May 29th, 2018 4:25pm
If you fear another panic attack, odds are that you will have another one. If you have them frequently, they will often become routine. However, there are ways to stop them, prevent them, and ease them whether or not they are frequent. Try and identify things that trigger you and work on them to prevent panic attacks :)