If I'm having a lot of panic attacks, does that mean that there is a problem?

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RaduMemete
November 4th, 2014 2:06pm
Yes, there is a problem...but the problem is not that big as you think it is ! Actually the only problem is that your brain misinterpret a normal situation as a potential danger to your self and that's why he gets you in the alert zone where your fight or flight response is activated. The good news is that, this problem can be removed with some psychological intervention. Need help ? Contact me !
AhmedSamy
November 12th, 2014 1:56pm
Actually yes, it means you are under so much stress that needs to be relieved before you explode, its a psycho logic warning sign that requires attention. You have to learn how to let go of things that can cause these panic attacks, and deal with them more rationally than emotionally. Remember: Whatever bad situation it is, it will pass just like the second the minutes and the days.
bouncyWriting56
November 2nd, 2014 6:52pm
Panic attacks are a completely natural reaction to situations where you may be fearful or scared - however, if you're having panic attacks on a regular basis or you are feeling constantly scared, fearful or anxious, your best step would be to speak to your primary care doctor with your concerns - don't be afraid of asking for help.
sMyleAway
September 19th, 2014 2:22pm
Usually there is no problem, it's just your system telling you that there is a problem. that's why it is called an attack. but if youare referring to have a problem inside your body, i can say you have an Anxiety disorder which curable.
Anonymous
October 29th, 2014 11:45am
It probably does mean there is a problem. It could also mean that there is more wrong with the environment you are in. It's probably best to contact a proffessional.
kittykat
October 30th, 2014 8:29pm
Generally, yes! Panic and anxiety attacks are not common in everyday life, and if you are experiencing them often, the best thing to do is to reach out to a mental health professional. They can diagnose you with any disorders you might have, and to help you accordingly. However, if you don't have the means to see a mental health professional, community outreach and support is the next best option. There are many guides on ways to cope with anxiety and panic attacks in the moment, and perusing these might help you the next time you have an attack.
ptbha
October 31st, 2014 9:06am
I definitely think that you should talk to someone about it because you dont deserve to feel this way.
Anonymous
September 17th, 2014 12:11am
Yes. There is no "healthy" amount of panic attacks, no matter the cause. If something can be classified as a panic attack, most likely it is a symptom of something deeper. If your panic attacks have a specific, "normal" cause that has only been arising more often recently (such as being afraid of public speech and your school assigning a lot of oral presentations during the last week) then you're probably suffering from normal speech anxiety, but if talking, specific persons, large groups, a specific place, a certain memory, or something else that "triggers" your panic attacks unexpectedly is causing them then there is definitely a problem.
tifeanyi
September 17th, 2014 8:02pm
When it comes to panic attacks, you have to pay attention to when and where they occur. Once you do that, the "why" should be easier to figure out.
KindSea12
November 2nd, 2015 7:45pm
If you are having panic attacks it could mean you have anxiety. I suggest talking to someone. Anxiety doesn't have to be a major problem, you can learn to control it so it doesn't take over your life. if you don't feel comfortable talking to someone...apps such as "Mindshift" are great and really help. :)
Anonymous
November 18th, 2014 11:56am
Yes there has to be a problem. No one has panic attacks for nothing. Something has got to be causing these panic attacks.
nightFlower81
April 19th, 2015 1:40am
Panic attacks can cause you to feel a lot of physical symptoms. It may seem like there is something physically wrong with you, but more often than not there is nothing physically wrong with you. If you are continuously having panic attacks you should talk to a professional. You will need to discuss the best treatment options. By speaking to a professional as well you will be able to get to the root of what is causing your panic.
Anonymous
July 14th, 2015 8:26pm
It might mean that there is something negatively affecting you in your life, but that does not necessarily mean that there is a problem or that there is something "wrong" with you. There is a rooted reason for panic attacks, whether it is the fear of something terrible happening, the fear that your body is failing you, or simply the fear of panicking. The emotion of fear is being consistently activated, and targeting that reason for the fear can help you overcome your panic attacks.
Anonymous
November 2nd, 2014 4:53pm
No. It is common for people with high anxiety to have periods where they feel anxious and panicked.
tranquilTree92
November 7th, 2014 1:51pm
I would try talking to a professional about your panic attacks and go through some therapeutic treatment plans and strategies for when you feel panicked to help you.
BookwormBeauty91
November 17th, 2014 12:33am
When you are having panic attacks it possibly means that you have anxiety. There are many medicines for anxiety. Talk to a doctor about the medicine.
Annalia
November 18th, 2014 6:23pm
Usually there is a reason behind why you are having panic attacks. If you can figure out your triggers it will help you manage them. So likely there is a problem.
Savana13
November 19th, 2014 11:17pm
It means that you may have a specific phobia or an anxiety disorder. Try techniques to get this under control, and don't let it control you.
Anonymous
July 18th, 2016 6:47pm
Yes, it is a beginning of a serious problem. Try to relax as soon as possible and visit a therapist, or talk to someone you trust.
Anonymous
September 5th, 2016 1:42pm
There are moments when I feel a lot of anxiety and some others when the world around me feels okay. In the moments where I feel overwhelmed, I check the basics : do I sleep/eat well and enough ? Do I exercise a little ? Do I have a friend to speak with ? I am not broken but I can forget that sometimes. I am whole and sometimes I need a doctor or a therapist to remember it.
Anonymous
April 16th, 2015 2:09pm
Just because you are having a panic attack, doesn't mean that there is a problem. It would definitely be a concern. A panic attack can happen at any time, whether you expect it or not. If your panic attacks are becoming an issue for you, speaking to a mental or medical health professional, such as a doctor, could be very beneficial.
Anonymous
April 24th, 2015 10:09pm
It doesn't necessarily mean there is, but it could. I have GAD and social anxiety, and my panic attacks helped diagnose my anxiety disorders. It could be a response to trauma or other issues. I would look into getting professional help.
Anonymous
February 1st, 2016 12:57am
I believe you may a problem, such as PTSD or anxiety. They may be triggered by a sound, word, smell or activity. Please ask to see a specialist doctor or anxiety counsellor.
Lespoir
April 25th, 2016 6:12am
If it is causing you distress and affecting your daily function I would suggest seeing someone to see what the issue is. It could be medical or have to do with mental health. It could be because you are simply stressed about something. Talking about it is always helpful and can help you figure our different options :)
naturalWillow16
July 18th, 2017 8:15am
if you start to notice you are having panic attacks more frequently, it could indicate that you are feeling anxious about something or feeling trapped in a certain situation. having someone to talk to when you are experiencing a panic attack, or even when you feel like you are about to have one could really help you.
OrchestramusicianSarah
July 16th, 2018 9:55am
I think it is something you should definitely talk with your doctor/therapist/psychiatrist about. I'm not sure what you mean by problem but a lot of people get panic attacks and there are effective ways at helping to manage them.