• Georgia Riedel

Additional Triggers For Anxiety, Fear, And Panic:

Physical illness: In most cases it could be said that physical illness, by itself, does not cause a person to experience a panic attack. However, it definitely sets the stage for some uncomfortable symptoms which, if left untreated, could lead to the severe and sometimes debilitating symptoms of agoraphobia.

Sudden shock and strong emotions: Depending upon the individual and the circumstances at the time, things like the loss of a spouse, child, or parent, loss of a job, divorce, or a move to a new city (or even across the street) could all be triggers for anxiety and panic attacks.

Hormone imbalance: Some professionals think, and I most definitely agree, that changes in sex hormone levels in the blood can sometimes trigger panic attacks. Also, attacks can begin or worsen during the change of life (menopause), and for those woman who had never experienced the symptoms before, this can be quite devastating. She will need a lot of understanding and encouragement to enable her to get through this difficult time.

Stress: I personally believe that stress is the major trigger for anxiety, fear, and panic. When a person's body becomes depleted from on-going stress, whether it is job related or personal, you can be assured that the person with the overly sensitive nervous system will begin to feel lots of extra anxiety. If this is not dealt with promptly and properly a panic attack is inevitable. People who are trying to manage their anxiety and panic should be very careful about the amount and duration of stress they experience and should find relaxation techniques to help them cope with the symptoms which result from too much stress for too long a time.

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