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A 22-year-old male asked:

Can a panic attack just randomly happen for no reason?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Out of the blue: That is the common way panic attacks manifest.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Yes: Panic attacks often come out of the blue. You may want to try relaxation breathing. If you want to avoid medication for your panic attacks, i highly revommend the book: the relaxation response by benson. Read the entire book, then start doing the exercises as contained in the book. Start with 5 minutes twice a day working up to 10 minutes twice a day. You can learn to relax instantly, anytime.

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Can panic attacks just happen? Or is one usually under some type of stress?

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When on the brink of panic attack is it better to fight it or just accept it and let it happen?

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A 49-year-old member asked:

With hcm do you have random panic attacks?

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of random panic attacks?

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Dr. Aaron Ament
Psychiatry 58 years experience
MOST PROBABLY...: Assuming no physical basis for them, there is probably a common underlying cause connecting them. One finds out about that sort of thing in psychotherapy - and when you find out, you can change/stop them. Meds help initially, but seeing the source is key to fixing things.

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