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Why do panic attacks keep happening?

15 Answers
Last Updated: 07/13/2020 at 8:15pm
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Paola Giordani, Psychoanalyst

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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.

Top Rated Answers
February 12th, 2015 9:40pm
People are afraid that the same things might happen again. They believe that the situation might occur again. And the consequences will repeat.
September 29th, 2015 9:43pm
I try not to think so much about why but I try to be AWARE A: Accept the anxiety. Don't try to fight it. W: Watch the anxiety. Imagine it is outside of you and you are just observing it. A: 'Act normal'. Carry on as if nothing is happening. Panic will soon 'get bored'. R: Repeat the above steps until you start to relax again. E: Expect the best - it will pass quicker and quicker the more times you do this.
October 15th, 2015 5:41pm
For a lot of people, once you have experienced one panic attack, it's the fear of having another that heightens your anxiety and can bring more panic attacks on. Yes panic attacks are awful, scary and horrendous to deal with BUT they can't hurt you, they ALWAYS pass so remembering this can help you lose that fear. Once you lose the fear and accept anxiety and panic attacks for what they are they lose their power and will happen less and less until they stop.
April 24th, 2018 5:18pm
They keep happening because something is triggering you to feel panic, this causes adrenaline and anxiety levels to increase. It would be best to find out what panics you.
July 13th, 2020 8:15pm
Panic attacks are a result of high stress or anxiety. For me they keep happening when I am unable to cope effientiently. My biggest feelings before a panic attack are hopelessness or insecurity. I want to be able to get to the point where I have a lot less panic attacks, which is not solely due to medication administration. To do this, I feel I need to be more comfortable with myself and try to not stress as much with change in general. Some things that help prevent me from a panic attack are yoga, journaling, dance, singing and playing guitar, grounding, my boyfriend.
February 12th, 2015 3:18pm
Maybe it's because you haven't yet been able to identify what causes them in the first place. There is always a trigger, something that makes them happen.
February 15th, 2015 2:48am
Panic attacks are often common when we have a sudden burst of fear and anxiety. This is caused by the body's natural reflex to prepare for a 'fight or flight' situation and this subconsciously triggers a set of physiological reflexes (as well as disturbing and fearful thoughts)
May 5th, 2015 6:09am
Panic attacks are a cyclical disorder. One attack can cause many. Because it turns into a fear of having another panic attack.
May 21st, 2015 7:00am
In order to stop them, the key is to accept it. Once we accept it in our lives, there is no fear anymore.
May 21st, 2015 10:36pm
Often, there is something that bothers you on a deep level that you either keep getting confronted with or it boils up from your subconscious. Therapy can help.
June 7th, 2016 11:21pm
Panic attacks keep happening because you haven't quite gotten the coping skills down for what your stressing over.
April 25th, 2017 9:27am
Panic attacks are normally triggered by a specific event/situation. It would be hard to pin point why your anxiety kept happening without knowing your exact situation. There are several risk factors that may help develop the presence of panic attacks. Major transitions in life such as graduating, or moving to a new home, or working on a new job, or having an addition to the family can trigger the aforementioned attack. Stressful periods in life can also be a threat. A death of a loved one, job termination and relationship problems are a few examples of such. Other emotionally disturbing causes include traumatic events like physical or mental abuse, accidents, or perhaps witnessing a crime. There are many different types of anxiety that can lead to panic attacks, so try to identify which one it is that is affecting you e.g. social, physical. Once you have identified what it is that is triggering these anxiety attacks, you can start to get the panic under control. One of the most helpful techniques is to learn the 7cups breathing technique, it helps to distract away from your negative thoughts and focus on the simplicity of breathing in and out.
March 5th, 2018 12:34am
Panic attacks can re-occur if something triggers it if you had traumatic experiences or worrying about what the future holds.
March 6th, 2018 10:03pm
In my experience, panic attacks are a signal that there is something in my life I've been avoiding. It could be an emotion that I don't want to or have been unable to confront; it could also be a situation in my life that I haven't been dealing with effectively. The point is, there is something somewhere I'm either actively avoiding or not paying enough attention to. The panic attack is my body's way of informing me I'm not approaching something in as healthy of a manner as I could be. However, it does not imply that I've done something terrible or wrong. Its simply a mind/body connection that is trying to get my attention. It sometimes helps to frame panic attacks as a kind of "teacher" who is working behind the scenes of your psyche to get you to notice something. Panic attacks are frightening for sure, but they can be a prompt to help us go within ourselves and get to the bottom of what's going on in our lives and show us where we may need some help.
May 1st, 2018 5:25am
Panic attack keep happing becouse they are so scary you don’t feel you can bear to go through it again, just the slightest sign that it’s happening again puts you in a panic and so another panic attack...