Chemical Manifestations of an Anxiety Induced Panic Attack

Published: 02nd September 2009
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This is the other piece of the puzzle to understand the causes of anxiety and panic attacks. Chemical effect and nervousness...

When your body thinks you entered into a situation that can cause you harm, it reacts. It reacts by sending a signal to the nervous system getting it ready for action to protect itself from the danger and also to calm you down after everything returns to normal. So, to make it simple, there are two sections of the nervous system coming into play.

Why is this important?

It is important for you to have a basic understanding of how the nervous system works to help you understand the causes of the build up of anxiety, which in turn, causes a panic attack. For the sake of simplicity, we will call these sections Sympathetic and Parasympathetic.

When either of these sections is activated, it floods the entire body with sensations. It is a full-fledged flooding of sensations - "all or nothing" so to speak. This is why a person experiencing an anxiety induced panic attack feels many different sensations, or better called "symptoms". Symptoms could be a number sensations...

  • Sweating

  • Chest pains

  • Breathing difficulties

  • Shaking

  • Dizziness

  • Fear of dying

  • Nausea

When you enter into a situation that is potentially harmful, the "Sympathetic" section jumps into action by releasing adrenaline throughout the body. This adrenaline is responsible for all the funny sensations you are about to feel which will induce anxiety. When a panic attack begins, the adrenaline rush does not turn off as easily as it is turned on. This explains the seemingly increased or continued anxiety. Better put, it is one for the main factors of a panic attack.

After some time, the Parasympathetic section comes to the rescue. This section returns the body to normal once the potentially harmful situation is gone. This will eventually happen on its own. The body cannot take a repeated bombardment of anxiety as it reaches a point where it simply kicks in. This is one of the built-in protection systems in our bodies to keep us alive.

So you see, contrary to public belief, the causes of a panic attack, the symptoms of a panic attack, and the anxiety that goes with it cannot do you any physical harm. There has never been a reported incident of someone dying due to a panic attack.

Although many feel it is not possible to control the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic sections in the nervous system, it is proven you can control what you think is a potential harmful situation. Thus controlling the anxiety. Once you learn to control the anxiety, you are on the path to eliminating panic attacks.

When practicing the proper techniques, it is a very real possibility that you can eliminate panic attacks induced by anxiety.

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