Why do I get Panic Attacks during very simple situations?
Last Updated: 09/07/2020 at 2:12am
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It's not about simple or complex situations. It's about triggers. Triggers can be anything, smells, sounds, visuals, pitches of notes and of course words.
For me, something in the simple situation triggers a memory of something else was traumatic and/or stressful, and causes a panic attack.
Hypersensitivity to stimuli caused by stress of any of a variety of causes, sources or origins.
Simple situations are an environment where anything can happen. It's usually a very open situation. As to where complex sotuations are usually in very controlled one outcome environments not allowing for your mind to come up with 1 a million different bad outcomes.
You probably have panic attacks during simple situations because you overthink the situation like for example "Susie has to take a pop quiz...Susie worries and worries even though she knows the subject very well and has studied non stop...When the pop quiz begins, She has a panic attack...because she overthought the whole scenery". My point is you probably overthink the situation big or small. It happens to the best of us!
Because you have anxiety, and if it is severe anxiety any little thing can trigger a panic attack... it can be a thought, a word, an object, a person... anything
When you start to get repeated panic attacks over simple situations, that is usually from having too much stress in your life. The body and mind require nutrition, rest, and rejuvenation. If you continue to let stress build up and not release it in a healthy way, then you will notice that there will be an increase of panic attacks you experience. When you are overtired, overwhelmed and not taking the time to take care of yourself then you will be in danger of an increase in panic attacks and feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. Many times people get caught in a vicious cycle. When you are overtired, you may start experiencing insomnia. When you have overcommitted yourself, it may be difficult to take the time you need for self-care. So it is critical to be aware of how you are handling yourself in different situations and understand what things need to change in your life to bring you back into balance. Of utmost importance is always to have time to release stress in a healthy way, such as exercising, eating nutritiously and ensuring you are getting proper quantity and quality of sleep that you need. When you take the time for self-care, you will see a dramatic decrease in the number of panic attacks you experience.
An overload of stress can cause anxiety and a panic attack even though a situation doesn't seem to warrant it. Remember to breath from your diaphragm and relax your body when you begin to feel an attack on and know that there is always someone available to talk to you!
Sometimes even the smallest things can feel overwhelming, but you must remember to concentrate on your breathing and talk yourself through it. Best thing I have learnt is saying to myself ok I'm fine, I'm here, I am breathing and this will pass.
during those simple situations, you could be getting triggered by something which is causing the panic attack. try to find this trigger and work through it.
Anxiety or Panic attacks can range from a sudden drop in serotonin levels in your brain, to being over-stimulated for some time and you just never recognized it, and now it came out during a simple situation. Think of bottling things up. Maybe even that "simple" situation, could have been a slight, or a full-blown trigger. I'd actually rather not say you're "overreacting". Some may, some may not. Anxiety causes many things to happen to many different people.
Panic attacks can be triggered in really simple situations; like stress, loss, grief, depression, anger, etc. Panic attacks are different from everyone and they can be quite terrifying if experiencing one. Some may experience difficulty breathing or crying and thinking the world is against you. Panic attacks are generally caused by anxiety and depression but can happen in many other illnesses too. Panic attacks left untreated can turn into something called Panic Disorder and panic attacks can be triggered without any real trigger or warning and can vary in the severity. Panic attacks can be helped by seeing a trained professional like therapist to help with coping strategies.
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