Why do panic attacks sometimes come out of the blue for no reason?
Last Updated: 04/20/2020 at 11:47am
Shawn Wilson, LCSW
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It may seem that they are out of the blue but that is only to the conscious mind. There may be underlying reasons in our subconscious causing these panic attacks. These underlying reasons could be anything from hidden stress, an unknown fear, etc. Regardless of the cause there is no out of the blue for a panic attack it only appears that way.
Panic attacks usually have triggers, maybe your trigger is unknown and you haven't realized that you have an unknown trigger.
Its because the person had an earliar experince with such situation .. when it occurs again the human mind tends to react the same action it did before .
Because that's the definition of a panic attack. They are triggered by something, it all works by triggers, a smell, a sound, a sensation, and this trigger or you can say switch, turns on the panic attack, like a TV channel. One small thing brings up trauma. It's like when you take notes in school, your goal is to write in key words to remember what you learned, not to write word for word. So memory words by small reminders that are attached to large amounts of information, memories or events. It's how the brain works. Use this to your advantage.
Panic attacks are usually triggered by something, but it can be hard to tell what it is, especially when it's a subtle trigger.
Personally for me, sometimes. I just have "off days" where my panic attacks will happen over something that I usually would react normally to. So I can't say it's out of the blue, but sometimes it doesn't seem as warranted.
Our brains believe you are in danger at the moment and that is why they pop out of the blue. There is a more scientific explaination for this though!
Panic attacks sometimes come out of the blue because the mind and body is reacting to a situation that triggered severe anxiety. Some people are unaware that they are experiencing a panic attack until they are already in the middle of one.
In my experience I tend to overthink without clarification. I need to learn more techniques in coping and just chill.
Panic attacks appear more in times of stress but small things can set them off too especially if I've been holding feelings in. And sometimes they just happen for no reason
Sometimes we get so overwhelmed that we don't even know it. It's crazy how our bodies work but it's amazing
Sometimes people think of something out of the blue that can stress them out or make them upset, this is normal.
Sometimes your body takes longer to react to anxiety. Sometimes your body can take weeks to actually react to a stressful situation.
Even though we may have learned to control our emotional or mental reaction that leads to a panic attack, our bodies can still have a conditioned physiological response. This is seen in trauma victims who may have a trigger that has not been identified or that has a deeper conditioned response.
Panic attacks are a result of suppressed emotions and it's in their nature to just come out of nowhere, mostly in situations where we really do not want them. It's the body's reaction of dealing with overflowing emotions, at some point they just spill over like boiling water. So we're not really in control of when we get a panic attack.
your brain might have indirect flashbacks that you might not feel. panic attacks are not necessarily preceded by a specific environmental event, then, therefore, there are no specific triggers. I think that since I've gone through the same, I know it happens because of nerve triggers in your brain which are dominantly caused because of anxiety or high levels of unhealthy stress. such attacks might not be preventable in one point of view but obviously such cases have a cure at an extent. Meds are always an option but personally i wouldn't take those as then your body gets used to it.
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