Different people have different causes for their panic attacks, and researchers are still unsure what causes a panic attack. Because these causes are often unclear, most believe that they have no choice but to live with it. However if other family members have suffered from them, there is a stronger likelihood that you too may do so. Stress of course can also play a large factor with panic attacks often first appearing at times of great change such as getting married, having a child, moving homes, financial stress or changing career.
Sudden changes that are out of your control such as the death of someone close to you, a marriage breakup or redundancy can also trigger a panic attack, particularly if there were additional stressors ongoing at the same time. However there are several physical ailments and conditions that can also share the same physical feelings as a panic attack. It is a very good idea to check these things are not causing your panicked feelings.
Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is when one of the heart valves does not close off properly. It is not a major condition but should be diagnosed and treated to prevent further complications. You may also experience a raised heart rate due to a Tachycardia attack which is another kinda heart related syndrome. The third is Hyperthyroidism which can be checked with a simple blood test and is treatable. Hypoglycemia, A very low blood sugar count can send your body into overdrive as it tries to protect the brain and keeps it functioning, but test of your glucose tolerance can help earmark whether this could be an issue for you.
Running on empty, overuse of stimulants can also trigger panic attacks. If you've been on Medication for a length of time and then taken yourself off it, sometimes there can be a physical reaction as your brain adjusts to the different chemicals in your body. The last we should know that Depression can bring on anxiety attacks. It's important to look at the whole range of feelings and symptoms you are dealing with. While it is possible to alter your behavior, and learn simple methods to cope, it is equally as important to ensure you receive the correct medication to help you while you learn these methods if necessary.