The Key to Understanding Panic Attacks

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What causes a panic attack? Most people agree that these attacks are caused by abnormally high levels of anxiety. If you would like to know the origins of your anxiety and panic attacks, read on for helpful information.

Emotions are a normal and natural part of living, until they take over control of your life. Anxiety is one of the most basic of all emotions, and is not, by itself, harmful. In fact, quite the opposite. Even though it is not pleasant, anxiety performs a natural function… warning us of dangerous situations that perhaps should be avoided.

It is only when anxiety, defined as a state of apprehension or fear resulting from the anticipation of a real or imagined threat, crosses over to uncontrolled panic that it becomes harmful to the person experiencing it. This type of panic can be terrifying and debilitating.

People experiencing this level of anxiety and panic may believe they are seriously ill, either physically, mentally, or both. They may feel as though they are losing control, and this only adds to their panic sensations.

Most likely you have heard of the Fight or Flight Response. What you may not know is that it has been identified as one of the root causes of severe anxiety and panic attacks. Fight or Flight is a largely automatic response to danger, either real or perceived. Most often, the danger is perceived rather than real. Thus, the key to both understanding and overcoming anxiety and panic attacks is altering your perception of the events surrounding your Fight or Flight Response.

Extreme anxiety and panic attacks may also be caused by physical or chemical imbalances. Your physician can help eliminate medical conditions as the root cause of your anxiety and panic attacks.

When the cause of anxiety and these types of attacks is determined to be non-medical, the next question is, “Where do I go for help?” Thankfully, there are effective treatments available, and many have withstood the test of time. One of those, proven effective, is the One Move Technique.

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Source by Michael Breeze