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Why do I get panic attacks at random moments?

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Last Updated: 01/22/2019 at 4:42pm
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I have helped and am helping people cope with loss, divorce, anguish and parenting. Depression is also a major issue that comes up.

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June 18th, 2018 4:36pm
Panic attacks are super tricky to deal with. They can creep up on you in the weirdest situations and when you least expect it. The best way to find out why you are experiencing them randomly is to determine if there is a similar trigger appearing in these random moments. You may have to dig deep to find it.
May 31st, 2015 6:44am
I get panic attacks at random moments because something outside of my conscious thoughts can trigger me.
January 22nd, 2019 4:42pm
You are triggered by some outside event, causing your flight or flight mechanism to come into play. Your thoughts start racing and your ability to gauge the true severity of the situation becomes compromised. You stop breathing normally. Your thoughts start looping and you become terrified of what is happening. This can be caused by subconscious fears, phobias, or post traumatic stress disorder. If you have been traumatized and it has not been addressed, a panic attack can be triggered by random events, like a car backfiring, or a sales person looking like someone who abused you in the past.
May 1st, 2018 6:26pm
Panic attacks occur when the control or comfort zone is left. These can be the feeling that something terrible is going to happen and I may even stop breathing so the the sweats rise along with total self awareness followed by the feeling that everyone senses my feelings. This will cause hormone changes which result in real bodily changes. Mindfulness and meditation help at these times bringing back to level.
April 13th, 2015 12:30am
Well the nature of a panic attack is for them to be random, and you get panic attacks at random times because they work off triggers. Anything in your environment, no matter how small, a smell, taste, song, note or pitch can send you into a panic attack. It's not possible to control all this stimuli and much of it is random around you, so thats why it appears random. It's actually systematic and if you can pinpoint what triggers you it will help the randomness to be less and to have a better grasp on things. however it's best to try to cope with a panic attack and learn to ride it out than to worry about the various tiny triggers that could be anything. However identifying major triggers is helpful.
March 7th, 2015 3:14am
Panic attacks are caused by an intense fight or flight response. Something is triggering your flight response, even though it may seem to be at random moments.
May 9th, 2016 4:37am
You could have an anxiety or panic disorder, which would be a logical cause for multiple panic attacks, Also could be an allergic reaction to something
November 18th, 2015 1:50am
Panic attacks can happen anytime there is a trigger. Find out what is the trigger that causes you to have the panic attacks in the first place.
May 28th, 2015 12:40am
Because being a human, means were not perfect... and the thing to remember is because were all humans here, were not alone!
March 8th, 2015 6:53pm
Panic attacks aren't your fault at all! Remember that! Try to know what your "triggers" are. For example, noise triggers me to the point where I freak out. So when I am in a loud place, I try to make sure that I come prepared! With a buddy, someone/something of comfort. and such. When I know that I am getting a panic attack, I try to calm it down with breathing things like the 4-4-4 (breathe in for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, let out for 4 seconds) or listen to music. As to why they happen at random times, that's a person to person basis, and it can happen for many reasons, it just depends on you and your triggers! You can read more here on 7cups online guide! Please remember, we're here for you and you're cared about
April 16th, 2015 4:32pm
Your past can usually have a huge impact on your life in this respect. It can also be something to do with your present or even your future such as; the fear of succeeding not even not succeeding. Think back to your last panic attack and try to think what triggered it. Was it something that reminded you of the past? Was it something that reminded you of your current problems? Or was it something that you're afraid might happen soon?