Causes And Triggers
Panic attacks can be triggered by a variety of factors, and the experience can vary from person to person. Some common causes and triggers include:1. Anxiety Disorders:
Panic attacks often occur in individuals diagnosed with anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), or social anxiety disorder
(SAD).2. Genetics and Family History:
There may be a genetic component to panic attacks, as they can run in families. Having a close relative with a history of panic disorder increases the likelihood of experiencing panic attacks.3. Major Life Transitions:
Stressful life events, such as changing jobs, moving, or the loss of a loved one, can trigger panic attacks in susceptible individuals.4. Substance Abuse:
Certain substances, including caffeine, nicotine, and illicit drugs, can trigger panic attacks or make them more frequent.5. Medical Conditions:
Panic attacks can be associated with certain medical conditions, such as hyperthyroidism, mitral valve prolapse, or respiratory disorders.