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A 41-year-old male asked:

Would gas or heartburn cause anxiety or panic attacks?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Via extreme fear: It is not the thing you fear that causes the attack, it is the extreme fear. Anything you react to with an intense fight/flight response is just the thing that starts the response. So, if gas pains result in you becoming hysterically upset - it is the release of all the stress chemicals & hormones that feels like panic. Work with a good cbt therapist to gain mastery over your emotional responses.
Dr. John Weeks
Family Medicine 45 years experience
No: But when you're anxious, a lot of normal physical sensations can be misinterpreted as something wrong. Get checked by your doctor and consider counseling for the anxiety. Good luck!

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Last updated Aug 18, 2013

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