Why can panic attacks happen “for no reason?”

Have you ever wondered why the symptoms of panic attacks can come on suddenly, even when you don’t feel stressed?

In today’s world, we are presented with many challenges to our physical and mental well-being. Stress, such as achieving targets at work, financial worries, illness, traumatic experiences, relationship problems and a whole host of modern stresses, too numerous to mention.

So, these can all cause an accumulation of anxiety, often over many years. It can suddenly have the same effect on our bodies as if we had to defend ourselves from the ancient predators that mankind has faced in the past.

Effect of accumulated anxiety

If you don’t listen to your body, and the stress and anxiety remain unchecked, it builds up. The accumulative effect of this is that your body eventually triggers a cascade of chemical reactions, which then leads to a physical response. See the Stress3dom page Understanding Your Anxiety.

This chemical and physical response is called ‘fight or flight’. So we recommend that you read more about this in the Stress3dom page Fight or Flight. Your body responds by releasing hormones into your bloodstream called adrenaline and cortisol. It is the reaction in your body, to this flood of adrenaline and cortisol, that triggers the symptoms described above.

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