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Category: panic attack triggers

College students and managing panic attacks

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Attending college is a fun and exciting time for students. For many it’s not only a time to learn about the things that interest you the most, but it’s also a time where you learn a lot about yourself. However, college students also must cope with a wide range of stresses and challenges – largely because so much in their lives is changing. Old relationships…

What Causes Panic Attacks When I Am Home Alone With My Children?

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Home Alone Panic Attacks *Ever since the birth of her second child, Susan, a 34 year old married accountant, has been experiencing severe panic attacks “Out of the Blue.” Her first panic attack hit suddenly when she was home alone with her two children while her husband was away on a business trip.  Susan still remembers the sudden surge of weakness and lightheaded that swept…

How Do I Know I Have Panic Disorder?

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Even though your physician has reassured you over and over again that you are in good physical health The Panic Symptom Checklist Do you wake up in the morning with heart pounding and shortness of breath and wonder, why am I feeling this way? Do you get lightheaded before you leave to go out and worry that you might faint at the wheel? Do you…

Panic Disorder Prevention

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*Emergency Room Panic Attacks When you are awakened at 2:00am with your heart thumping “out of your chest” and you are gasping for what you believe could be your last breath, naturally you call 911 and race to the ER.  A complete battery of tests indicates nothing is wrong medically and the Doctor asks you whether you are under stress.  This makes no sense!  Your…

Panic Attack Triggers-Exercise

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Can Running up a flight of stairs cause a panic attack? Are You a Catastrophic Thinker? Panic attack victims are catastrophic thinkers.  They think the worst! When panic attack symptoms hit you for no apparent reason, the catastrophic thinker misinterprets normal bodily sensations of adrenaline as a sign of danger. Strong surges of lightheadedness tricks you into thinking you will go down on the spot….

Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder-A Prevention Model

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Panic Disorder and Emotional Stuffing Panic attack sufferers tend to hold in their emotions. Oftentimes, they associate emotional expression with loss of control and signs of weakness. They tend to avoid conflict and confrontation in significant relationships for fear of hurting other’s feelings.  They are also prone to excessive worry about the safety and well-being of their family and friends and can be especially sensitive…

Panic Attack Causes: Trapped Situations

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Market Place Panic attacks *When a sudden surge of heart pounding, dizziness, and shortness of breath hit you unexpectedly while shopping in the market place, your first thought is “Why am I feeling this way?  What is causing me to feel this way?” Naturally, worrisome, terrifying thoughts flood your mind like “Faint, Heart Attack, Stroke, Collapse and Make a Scene in Public.”  The sudden urge…

Causes of Panic Disorder; The Panic Imitator

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Can Caffeinated Coffee Trigger Panic Attacks? Coffee: To Drink or Not To Drink Many panic attack victims tell me they have read and been advised that caffeine can trigger panic attacks. In many instances, the panic disorder sufferer has been instructed to eliminate caffeine from their diet to control panic attacks. The ingestion of caffeine has nothing to do with the production of panic attacks. …

Causes of Panic Attacks-That Sneaky Little Trigger

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Trigger One: Anticipatory Anxiety *After your first panic attack strike “Out of the Blue” that took you to the Emergency Room, you live in dread of future attacks.  The dread of recurring panic attacks leads to a series of triggering anticipatory anxiety thoughts. The Six Most Common Anticipatory Anxiety Thoughts That Can Trigger a Panic Attack “What if it happens again?” “What if it happens…

The Cause of “Out of the Blue” Panic Attacks

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*If you are like most of my patients, that first panic attack struck “Out of the Blue” for no apparent reason.  This sudden unexplained surge of physical feelings like weakness, shallow breathing, heart racing and rubbery legs can be very terrifying.  The experience of panic attack symptoms “Out of the Blue” immediately makes you think something terrible is happening…either a severe physical reaction or loss…

The Four Causes of Panic Disorder

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THE FOUR TRIGGERS IN FORMATION The first Attack “Out of the Blue” The Primary Trigger (1): The Core Emotional Source of Panic Attacks *Mary, a 32 year old married school teacher, had just lost her father to a sudden heart attack five months ago.  The holidays were quickly approaching and, as usual, Mary had overextended herself to family and friends.  On a Monday morning during…

Causes of Panic Disorder: Blocked Emotions

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Holiday Panic Attacks The Holidays were rapidly approaching.  *Janet, a 35 year old married Nurse, was busily preparing for her family to visit. After she had completed most of her preparation, she took a break and started to thumb through a family photo album.  All of a sudden, “Out of the Blue”, she felt a wave of lightheadedness. Then, heat waves swept over her. She…

Future Treatment Model For Panic Disorder-A Special Report

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Training Emergency Medicine and Primary Care Doctors in Early Diagnosis and Brief Education Capturing panic disorder in its earliest, formative stages yields the ripest opportunity for rapid reversal. After the first panic attack, panic disorder patients congregate in medical settings, desperately seeking a medical explanation for their physical symptoms. Panic attack sufferers present with an array of somatic complaints include dizziness, shortness of breath, numbness and…

Panic Attacks on the Highway: Seven Thanksgiving Driving Tips for Panic Attack Sufferers

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* If you are like many Americans you are preparing to visit your family during the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday.  According to AAA, last year 33.2 million Americans traveled by car to their Thanksgiving destination.  We are filled with feelings of excitement and anticipation, as we think of reuniting with family and friends during the holiday.  However, if you are like many of my panic attack patients,…

Diagnose Panic Disorder with the Panic Checklist

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Your Panic Profile and the Three Factor Model Factor One: Your Physical feelings “Out of the Blue” Suddenly “Out of the Blue” you get hit with a wave of heart pounding, dizziness, shortness of breath, weakness and rubbery legs, there not-there feeling, disorientation, head pressure, chest pressure, blurred vision, hot and cold flashes, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, a lump in the…