Those who deal with anxiety attacks often worry about getting another one at the wrong time or place and this can severely limit their ability to have a normal life. There are several commonly-thought reasons why anxiety attacks happen. One is the “fight or flight” response that all humans have in-grained into their psyche. Basically, when a perceived threat exists, the brain sends off huge levels of chemicals called endorphins which cause all the muscles, voluntary and involuntary, to react. The brain and body goes on “high alert” while the muscles decide to start moving out of there quickly. While this was probably the reason why so many of our ancestors survived and we are here today, it’s not always the best way for modern humans to react to their world. Panic attacks occur when the brain starts producing too many of these endorphins when there is no threat and the body and mind goes into a state of panic- for no good reason.
Another reason why panic attacks occur can be hereditary. Yes, that’s right… if your parents or grandparents were “nervous” people, then there’s a good chance that you also suffer from continual symptoms of anxiety following by panic attacks. Thinking back, you may remember someone in your family who got overly nervous about things and didn’t set a very good example of how to cope. You yourself now may have a hard time coping with little stressors in life. There’s no real explanation for this, it’s just the way studies have shown it to be.
A third reason why anxiety attacks occur can be dietary. If someone lacks the proper nutrients or vitamins for proper brain function, they can be prone to anxiety attacks. Some vitamins like calcium, vitamin A and magnesium have been shown to lessen the experience of effects of anxiety and consequently attacks. Likewise, diet and lifestyle can include anxiety producing chemicals like caffeine, nicotine or sugar. Reducing or eliminating these from your diet can produce a positive effect on your anxiety levels. You can always substitute these chemicals with natural herbal products like green tea, for example to take the edge off your cravings.
Lastly, anxiety attacks can be psychological in that they may be occurring as a result of a traumatic incident such as a car accident, warfare, or physical or mental crisis. This is called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and someone who is going through this may often experience anxiety attacks as one of the major symptoms. It’s important to get proper psychological help if this is the reason for the anxiety attacks. One can also take advantage of natural products such as lavender oil or chamomile tea to cope with the feelings and calm the nerves. Counseling combined with use of these natural products will often lessen the bouts of anxiety and create a feeling of peace.
There is hope for those who suffer with anxiety attacks in the form of many traditional and natural treatments that can help you with the symptoms that come before, during and after an attack. If you are struggling with anxiety attacks, be sure to seek the help that’s right for you and find the support you need in friends and family. Soon you will be on your way to feeling better and experiencing less episodes of anxiety so that you may return to a normal way of life.