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Why do panic attacks sometimes come out of the blue for no reason?

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Last Updated: 12/28/2021 at 2:42am
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March 31st, 2015 3:38pm
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.
March 31st, 2015 8:27pm
Panic attacks usually have triggers, maybe your trigger is unknown and you haven't realized that you have an unknown trigger.
April 13th, 2015 3:22pm
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 .
April 21st, 2015 11:47pm
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.
May 7th, 2015 11:09pm
Panic attacks are usually triggered by something, but it can be hard to tell what it is, especially when it's a subtle trigger.
May 10th, 2015 6:39am
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.
May 30th, 2015 2:27am
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!
July 14th, 2015 6:37pm
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.
August 18th, 2015 7:02pm
In my experience I tend to overthink without clarification. I need to learn more techniques in coping and just chill.
November 9th, 2015 5:30am
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
November 23rd, 2015 2:35am
Sometimes we get so overwhelmed that we don't even know it. It's crazy how our bodies work but it's amazing
May 23rd, 2016 6:06pm
Sometimes people think of something out of the blue that can stress them out or make them upset, this is normal.
July 19th, 2016 6:38am
Sometimes your body takes longer to react to anxiety. Sometimes your body can take weeks to actually react to a stressful situation.
May 23rd, 2017 2:10am
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.
June 5th, 2017 4:53pm
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.
April 20th, 2020 11:47am
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.
December 28th, 2021 2:42am
Panic attacks are triggered by your flight and fight response, so there is some sort of input to trigger that flight and fight response and the hardest thing is that we might not even be aware of it. It can be an event that happened to us in the past that we found traumatic or even how we view how other people perceive us. There is also a biological explanation in which sometimes panic attacks are impacted by a little adrenaline rush and too much of adrenaline can make us feel anxious. You can try some deep breathing exercises in case you have an anxiety attack.