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Panic Attacks - Why Does Excessive Anxiety Affect Some People and Not Others?

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Author: Bertil Hjert

Anxiety is a normal, even common emotion. We experience it whenever we are exposed to a troublesome or uncomfortable situation. If you have to speak in front of a group of people you have probably experienced it. When you met your girlfriendīs parents you may have experienced it. When you were walking home alone late at night and heard footsteps behind you, you may have experienced it.

Itīs a feeling that comes and goes with the terrain but when you do experience it you work through it, bite your lower lip and tough it out. Thatīs what most people do at any rate. For some people the physical sensations and the mental thoughts become so overwhelming that they experience intense panic.

This fear has physical sensations that are so powerful that they may be rendered speechless; unable to breathe, experience such a rapid heartbeat that they feel their heart is going to explode or other problems.

Excessive anxiety, triggered by seemingly normal events can cause such a lack of confidence, that engaging in normal, everyday activities becomes difficult, if not impossible. It's unclear why some people experience these feelings while others do not.

A firefighter can run into a burning building and save a life but you can't choose which head of broccoli looks best in the store without feeling your heart race? This doesnīt make any sense, at least until you look to some of the causes for panic.

For people who struggle with excessive worry, the personality type they have inherited from their parents can contribute to their tendency to worry. This predisposition to worry exists like a ticking time bomb. In some people it goes off because of triggering events and in some people the bomb never goes off.

Your inherited personality type and childhood environment are the long term factors that determine how you will respond to stress but the short term causes are what trigger the release of excessive anxiety in your life. Short term causes can be any number of things. For some people, this will be the loss of a spouse, child or family member, for other people it could be the loss of a job or the end of an important relationships.

Seemingly happy events can also cause stress triggers such as having a baby, getting married or moving. These changes bring about significant changes in your life and can increase your stress and worry.

Once anxiety has been allowed to creep through that open door, it is hard to get rid of. Itīs very hard to tell how you will respond to any given event. Losing a child, spouse or family member is shattering for everyone. Everyone responds to this personal loss with great sorrow, anxiety and depression.

Many people are eventually able to go on, struggle through the day and regain their former life. The suffering is normal and part of life. Whatīs not normal is that anxiety so overwhelms you for such a long period of time that you canīt engage in anything anymore.

At some point, pain and worry should pass and if it doesnīt you may be dealing with a more significant problem than your personal loss. The same goes for losing a job, moving, getting married, having a baby. These events may disrupt the normal rhythm of your life but you should be able to regain a footing and proceed with your new life without excessive anxiety after awhile.

The negative shouldnīt be lurking behind every corner. Itīs important to consult a doctor if you feel you are struggling with sustained, excessive and unwanted anxiety.

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