How Stress and Anxiety Trigger Panic

This chart shows how stress and anxiety can build to trigger a panic attack. And once you’ve had your first attack, fear of having another can keep you close to your panic threshold. In this way, worrying about having a panic attack actually increases the chance that you will. You may find yourself avoiding places where you anticipate a recurrence, like crowded, confined spaces, or anywhere you believe you could not easily escape or get the right help (Agoraphobia). Obsessing and ruminating on these worries, and avoiding triggering situations, only serves to maintain your anxiety, perpetuate the cycle, and further prevent you from living a full, healthy life.

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is practical, effective treatment for anxiety and panic. CBT provides a sensible, science-based explanation, and practical strategies to help reduce panic, avoidance, generalized anxiety, worry & rumination.