Worry, Anxiety, Panic

Want to take control of your worry? Let’s look at why this happens.

The first trigger in the chain of events happens in your brain. Chemical messengers known as neurotransmitters send signals to different brain structures that influence processes in your body.

In the case of panic, it is believed that levels of the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and serotonin, and the brain structures are known as the amygdala and hypothalamus, play a primary role.

Once signals are initiated in the brain, there is an activation of the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the”fight or flight” response you experience when you feel a threat. Biologically, this system is set up to save us and for you to take action to get to safety. It is preparing you for “flight” as you escape the danger.

The is an issue when there is no physical threat or when your persistent thoughts of that danger keep your body in that state. When you notice what’s going on in your body, it may increase the level of worry. Fear of the symptoms can prolong the release of adrenaline in your body, which can cause feelings of panic and other bodily changes.

What You Can Do

It’s important for you to learn about why you are feeling this way, as well as finding ways in which to cope. Your parasympathetic nervous system will eventually return your body to a state of rest as adrenaline is reabsorbed.

It’s important to note that your reaction to panic can, in part, determine how long the attack will continue. We offer you some strategies to help you cope and lessen the symptoms. And we give you recommendations based upon taking care of yourself and knowing your triggers so that you can learn to react in a different way when stresses come your way.

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