cause of panic attack is always the same - fear hardwiring
pathway that is the cause of panic attack, is the same for everyone.
the triggers of anxiety and panic attacks will be as numerous as there
are people on the face of this earth.
The cause of any anxiety or the cause of panic attack is a
complex physiological ,
neurological, emotional "dance" that has been "over conditioned"
(inappropriately) into the part of
the brain that stores our fearful emotional memories
Even as early as 1890, psychologist William James
may be so exciting emotionally as almost
to leave a scar upon the cerebral tissues."
The cause of
panic attack, and other kinds of anxiety
- lies in the "cognitive" versus
"emotional" connections to and from the amygdala.
What are emotions?
are the "hardwired" responses
in the brain (which when triggered result in a host of accompanying
lightening speed mind-body- physiological and chemical/hormonal signals
and interactions)- like fear
....and what are cognitions?
These are the thoughts and beliefs that trigger and reset the hardwired
our thoughts and beliefs (cognitions)
create our feelings like happiness, anger, guilt sadness , anxiety,
depression, disgust, loathing, surprise, and so on.
Having identified an emotion like fear, scientists like Joseph
(famous for his book, The Emotional Brain)
have asked questions like:
brain cells detect danger?
do they do it?
- What is the
- What brain
chemicals are used?
LeDoux then did a series of experiments with
rats, in order to answer these questions.
From his studies, LeDoux has concluded that the amygdala is specialized
for reacting to stimuli and triggering a physiological response,
a process that he would describe as the "emotion" of fear.
is distinct from a conscious feeling
according to Le Doux, arise from a second, slower pathway
from the ear to the amygdala and then on to the higher cortex.
In the higher cortex, the frightening
stimulus is analyzed in detail, using information from many
parts of the brain,
and a message is sent back down to the
According to Le Doux, Emotion and
cognition are separate but
interacting mental functions
mediated by separate but
Such double wiring can create problems : Neural
from the cortex down to the amygdala are less well developed than are
connections from the amygdala back up to the cortex.
And so the amygdala exerts a greater influence
on the cortex than vice versa. Once an emotion is turned on, it is
difficult for the cortex to turn it off. This is the root cause of
This imbalance is why fears and other emotions can
so easily overwhelm us and why it can be hard to
voluntarily suppress the feelings that result when the emotions are
The human mind excels at creating fears and
We have more fears than we need.
We don't need to keep them hard-wired into our systems.
is the cause of panic attack and anxiety attack.
more fears you learn,and then imagine, the more anxious you will be.
The brain is remarkably efficient in it's ability
memories out of stimuli that are connected to hazards, then preserve
them for a long time and automatically put them to use when similar
situations arise in the future.
Now the reason why phobias/ anxieties /panic attacks are sometimes not
easily shifted , is that it requires some effort and
discipline by the sufferer
in order to "recondition" their
Why then, are some people able to overcome their phobias and
These people are able
to identify the trigger of their anxiety and then
"recondition" their "cause of panic" pathway
a more resourceful state of mind (cognitive state) than that of anxiety
Methods of "reconditioning" your neural pathways:
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
NLP - Modelling new behaviours
Optimal nutrition ( You may need to use supplements!)
- (lack of) Magnesium in the GABA pathway is a key factor in anxiety states.
People who can help:
Natural Medicine Doctors
Doctors who practise Orthomolecular Medicine