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Does child abuse lead to panic attacks?

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Dr. Janesta Noland
Pediatrics
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In brief: This is complicated!

Child abuse can lead to many different psychological responses, including panic attacks.
Certainly, the lack of support (whether it be physical safely, food, or even parental love) that defines child abuse leads to insecurity and fear. A child with a history of abuse needs a very constant, predictable, non-threatening environment to recover.

In brief: This is complicated!

Child abuse can lead to many different psychological responses, including panic attacks.
Certainly, the lack of support (whether it be physical safely, food, or even parental love) that defines child abuse leads to insecurity and fear. A child with a history of abuse needs a very constant, predictable, non-threatening environment to recover.
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Sometimes it does

Very stressful events can cause a person to start having panic attacks.
Examples of truly stressful events include being a victim of a crime, witnessing a violent crime, being the victim of child abuse, being bullied at school, or being chased by a dog. Sometimes, mildly stressful events are perceived as very stressful by a person, who then unintentionally over-reacts and may have panic attacks.

In brief: Sometimes it does

Very stressful events can cause a person to start having panic attacks.
Examples of truly stressful events include being a victim of a crime, witnessing a violent crime, being the victim of child abuse, being bullied at school, or being chased by a dog. Sometimes, mildly stressful events are perceived as very stressful by a person, who then unintentionally over-reacts and may have panic attacks.
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Each individual has different ways of reaction to particular events. Could it? Yes
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