A growing sensation of anxiety, fear of something vague, tachycardia, and effortful breathing that occurs during panic attacks may lead to loss of consciousness. In these episodes, some patients may have a parasympathetic syncope and others may hyperventilate and faint. Irrespective of the final mechanism, panic attacks are always associated with an initial sensation of anxiety. As with most neuropsychiatric conditions, panic attacks result from an interaction of genetic predisposition with environmental determinants of anxiety states.
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With all the stresses and strains of modern living, panic attacks are become a common problem for many people. Panic attacks occur when the pressure we are living under starts to creep up and overwhelm us. Often it's a result of running on the treadmill of life and forgetting to watch the signs and symptoms of the effects of excessive stress on our bodies. Thankfully panic attacks are very treatable. Often it is just a matter of learning to recognize the symptoms and learn simple but effective techniques that help you release yourself from the crippling effects a panic attack can bring.