Panic attacks and what cause them bewilder millions of men and women of all ages. Even mild cases can disrupt your life, but a lot of this depends on the severity of the attacks and the individual. A doctor consultation is necessary to get an accurate diagnosis of this condition. There are too many variables involved, and often times a person can be completely mislead by the symptoms. Hence, it is best to see your doctor, as you may think it is something else. The reasons and causes for panic attacks are as variable and sometimes as vague as the symptoms. So we will shed some light on the causes for panic attacks for your increased understanding.

Panic attacks are theorized to be caused by many things. When you sense a danger or a threat to yourself that you can't avoid, this will often trigger an attack. Remember though, that typically this is not a real threat. Even though it is not a real threat, the mind perceives or believes it to exist. One particular theory states that an attack is simply an inappropriate response by the alarm sensing mechanisms to external perceptions. In plain English, these perceptions are believed real even when not. The body then reacts as if a real threat exists, because it doesn't know any differently. Some types of illicit drugs may bring on panic attacks in people who are susceptible to them. It is possible that a person with a predisposition for panic attacks tips the scales when particular drugs are used. Drugs believed to be primary suspects are amphetamines, cocaine, and marijuana. While some cases are the result of use and overuse there are other cases that are the result of withdrawal symptoms. The latter refers to Ecstasy withdrawal and has been identified as inducing certain panic attack symptoms. Panic attacks of this nature can only be prevented by you. Be sure to discuss the risks involved in using these types of drugs with your physician.

Still other medical conditions that carry complications such as panic attacks are hyperventilation and chronic fatigue syndrome. What can complicate matters is that sometimes the condition and the panic attacks can be symptoms of each other. The medical condition of hyperventilation can have panic attacks as a complication, as well as a simple panic attack creating a symptom of hyperventilation. These are the kinds of difficult conditions that a person can be faced with, and doctors try to figure out which to treat, or treat both. It is imperative that you meet with your doctor as soon as possible if you are experiencing hyperventilation on a frequent bases.

Understandably, those that suffer from panic attacks wish to know what cause them. It does seem to us that the more information you can collect about the nature of your panic attacks will be helpful. When they happen, take note of the conditions. Commonalities may show up in the place they occur, the time of day or maybe the weather conditions.

In the end, the more you know, the better you can manage an attack when it occurs.

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Author's Bio: 

Eddie is a self-confessed health freak that loves to write on all manner of health related topics.