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Why Do People Get Anxiety Attacks?

You may ask yourself, “Why Do people get anxiety attacks ?” People get anxiety attacks for many different reasons. You can never truly pinpoint the cause of a mental disorder (which anxiety and depression are both classified as). These are both complex.  Research is always being done regarding the cause of both anxiety and depression.  In recent years, studies with twins have become commonplace.

Some believe that anxiety and depression are genetic. If you look at a family, if a parent suffers from depression or anxiety, it is very likely that one of the children will too. Some argue that this is not an indicator of inheritance but of learned behaviors. The amygdala and the hippocampus are thought to be two parts of the brain that plays significant roles on whether someone has anxiety and depression.

 The Amygdala is the part of the brain that tells the brain that you are feeling threatened (even when there is no real sign of danger present) and the hippocampus. The Amygdala also remembers emotions. So, if you feel scared over water once, you might associate water with fear all of the time if the sensors in the amygdala are triggered.

The hippocampus is the part of the brain that makes you remember threatening events. In people with anxiety disorders and PTSD, the hippocampus is smaller. Researchers believe that it is because of this, the hippocampus of someone with anxiety disorder remembers many threatening events and associates non-threatening things with those events.

If you start feeling anxious and begin feeling like avoiding people or things, don’t. Also remember that you cannot avoid the things that make you feel bad.  You can cope with them and learn how to manage the anxiety.

Some people avoid conflict or situations when they feel anxious.  This could be due to them feeling overwhelmed or as if they are a failure.  If you avoid a situation then it just makes the job hard to correct and complete. Despite your anxiety, try to get things done properly and completed the first time. Doing so will help you from not becoming a serial avoider.

If you find that you are becoming anxious, try your best to manage your stress.  Practice relaxation methods. Deep breathing techniques are popular and can be done anywhere.  People who eat right and exercise regularly tend to have a better handle on their stress levels than someone who doesn’t. Also try to limit your alcohol intake. Alcohol is known to trigger anxiety and depression in some people.

Say positive things to yourself throughout the day. Keep a positive outlook on things even when it seems like everything is crumbling around you.  Troubles are temporary.  Sometimes it is easier to say these things. In the moment, it may feel like you are stuck in a hole and cannot get out.

There are many reasons why people get anxiety attacks. Talking things out with a counselor or a friend. Remember to try to focus on the good things that happen and the good things that you plan and your anxiety will subside.

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