Panic Disorder Causes

by Vlasta Kuster

Specific cause of panic disorder has still not been determined and even though the causes of panic disorder are not clearly understood...

...many researchers and doctors believe that there is a combination of genetic and environmental factors that provokes that kind of condition.

Specific cause of panic disorder has still not been determined

Genetic Causes of Panic Disorder

  • some studies have shown a possible genetic inheritance
  • brain abnormalities - studies have shown that people who suffer from panic disorder experience excessive stimulation in a region of the brain called the amygdala, which is involved in the fight-or-flight response;
  • unbalanced neurotransmitter systems
  • chemical or hormonal imbalances

Individuals whose parents suffer from anxiety, depression or bipolar disorders are more at risk for experiencing panic disorder symptoms when compared to the individuals whose family members do not suffer from mentioned illnesses.

It might also be passed on by one or both of the parents, like hair or eye color.

Environmental Panic Disorder Causes

  • sexual or physical abuse during childhood;
  • interpersonal problems;
  • disruptions to one’s physical well-being;
  • being diagnosed with a disease.

Researchers are also investigating how stress may play a role in developing panic disorder.

Stressful life events like

  • divorce, death or accident of someone close,
  • or a job loss

can also effect someone’s chances of having it.

Also, it is associated with significant transitions that occur in life such as graduating from college, entering the workplace, getting married, or having a first child.

Major life transitions can create stress and lead to it, and they can trigger panic attack even if a person has previously exhibited no signs of the disorder.

Certain health and lifestyle concerns, like smoking, may also increase one’s risk It is also recommended to avoid alcohol and caffeine because those can provoke panic attacks in people who are susceptible to them.

However, most of the people cannot pinpoint a specific event, or sometimes it appears to be no incident or family history to trigger an attack.

They can occur without warning.


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Vlasta Kuster, holds an MA degree in Basic Medical Sciences and uses her 3-month EFT therapy in her work to help people to do away with panic attacks and anxiety for good. She has more than 10-year experiences in EFT therapy and achieves at least 90% success in permanently eliminating anxiety and panic attacks. You may contact her through her website