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Is it normal to have a panic attack when you're feeling alone?

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Last Updated: 03/09/2020 at 9:42am
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March 8th, 2015 4:32pm
i think panic attacks happen more often when you're feeling alone , because you are scared of being alone it makes you feel so bad you get anxious about it and then you have panic attack.
May 19th, 2015 8:12pm
Sometimes, being lonely for a while with no company could lead to some unwelcomed thoughts, which trigger our minds and we analyze situations which leads to panic attacks. However if it's frequent, talking to someone you trust is the best option. :)
March 22nd, 2016 2:24pm
It is entirely natural. Some people fear being alone for many reasons even if they don't necessarily realize it. They may feel like they are going to be alone forever (which you will not), that they are forgotten about (which has not happened) or that no one cares- which is also untrue, so please, if this happens, reach out to friends, to family or to us.
June 29th, 2015 4:28am
Yes, this happens to people a lot! Distraction, self-comfort, and talking to someone about it all help.
February 8th, 2016 5:41pm
Yes! I have gotten panic attacks at THE most random times- right when I wake up, when Im alone, when Im at dinner with my boyfriends family. The last thing you should be worrying about with panic attacks is if theyre ever "normal". They can really be triggered by so many things. Rather, concentrate on coping mechanism to deal with them when they do come. As well, start exploring why you're having them.
May 24th, 2016 2:58pm
Yes, sometimes when people feel alone the can be overwhelmed by there own thoughts and feelings. This can lead to panic attacks.
October 27th, 2015 11:35pm
Yes it is very normal. As a matter of fact being lonely is a trigger for many people who suffer from panic attacks.
March 7th, 2015 6:36pm
Sometimes you can have panic attacks from feeling alone or being in a room full of people. There is no standard of normal per se.
April 8th, 2015 12:18am
Absolutely. Sometimes the stresses you are feeling continue to affect you at different times. Just stay calm and speak to someone you trust.
June 16th, 2015 8:41am
Yes it is, you can have a panic attack for inumerous reasons, me for example when there is storm, I panic and start to cry and feel cold and hot at the same time.
December 21st, 2015 3:57am
Very normal!! When you're alone you are stuck having a conversation with your mind, and that can be quite a scary thing sometimes. This is a really good time to practise some mindfulness. Take a breath ... maybe 12, and focus on your breathing and just your breathing. Put on a guided meditation, and take your mind on a journey, rather than letting it talk you down and make you scared. You have the power to take control of your mind :)
March 21st, 2016 6:02pm
It's totally normal to have a panic attack when your alone because maybe the people around you might scare you.
March 22nd, 2016 9:40am
Very normal...I've had them too when I was staying alone ... reach out as much as you can to people how an help and support you ..
November 29th, 2016 3:33pm
I don't know if it's normal but I know it has happened to me. When I get alone, I fear the worse, I overthink little things, and I end up bringing myself to a panic attack. I wonder if it's normal too but I believe it is.
March 9th, 2020 9:42am
To my knowledge, panic attacks can occur unexpectedly both during a calm state or in an anxious state. They are sudden episodes of intense fear or discomfort that typically begin suddenly, without warning. They trigger severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause. Having a panic attack when feeling alone sounds 'normal' to me. It may be that feeling alone triggers some unconscious fear for you, which in turns triggers your body's natural fight-or-flight response. Panic attacks, while intensely uncomfortable, are not dangerous. They can be hard to manage on your own though, and they may get worse without treatment. If you keep experiencing them, it may be worth seeking medical help.