Panic Attack Frequently Asked Questions

What can Trigger Panic or Anxiety Attacks?

Panic Attacks can be triggered by almost anything, however it is usually caused by stress at it's root. It can strike anyone at any time — whether you have a history of anxiety or none at all. Sometimes the cause may be obvious (like if you were just fired, you're in a stressful social situation and you have social anxiety, or you're faced with something that terrifies you), but other times it seems completely random.

Can Anxiety and Panic Attacks kill you?

When you're having a panic attack or anxiety attack, the symptoms — chest pain, flushing skin, a racing heart, and difficulty breathing — can make you feel like you're going to faint, lose your mind, or die. But the reality is, you won't.

Are Panic and Anxiety Attacks Common?

Yes. 1 out of 75 people worldwide experience some form of Panic or Anxiety Attack. About 1.7% of the adult U.S. population ages 18 to 54 - approximately 2.4 million Americans - has panic disorder in a given year. Women are twice as likely as men to develop panic disorder.

Can Caffeine Make It Worse?

Caffeine is a stimulant — and that can be bad news for someone with anxiety.  Caffeine's jittery effects on your body are similar to those of a frightening event. That's because caffeine stimulates your "fight or flight" response, and studies show that this can make anxiety worse and can even trigger an Anxiety or Panic attack.

Can you have a panic attack for no reason?

If you are suddenly experiencing an episode of intense anxiety and fear that sets off physical reactions with no apparent reason, you have an episode called a panic attack. Multiple occurrences of this extremely common health issue are indicative of panic disorder, which can be very problematic and frightening.

Do I need medication?

Research shows that medication alone is the least effective treatment for panic disorder. The only way doctors know how to treat panic attacks is with medication. While you should always follow your doctor's advice, you should also know that medications are not generally the right choice.

Have more questions? - We have more in depth answers to common questions in our articles here.

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