You might ask, "Why do I have panic attacks and my friend does not?"
Well, One theory is the body's normal "alarm system", the mental and physical alerts in your body that allows you to respond to a threat or danger, go off for no reason. Another theory is that Panic attacks have been known to run in families, which means that genes may play a role in who gets them. However, many people who have no family history of panic attacks get them as well.
The main reason I get panic attacks is because of stress. Anytime I'm under a lot of stress, either at work, financially, mentally or whatever, I am more prone to getting them. I do have a mother and aunt that get panic attacks. They both have overcome them and I am well on my way to overcoming them myself. We all still fight what I call the "demons". The feelings that creep up and try to take us over, but, after we have learned how to manage our panic attacks, we are able to keep those feelings at bay.
From what I have read, I do not think anyone for sure can tell you why you might have a panic attack and your friend will not. I like to think of it this way; I get them because I am a strong person and can handle them. They have taught me to rely on myself, but, yet, on other people and to not be afraid to ask for help if I need it. They have also given me awareness about my body that I never had before. I am more in tune with my body and know when I am stressed and need to relax. I never listened to my body before this. I was young and would just push and push myself. I believe that you should never push yourself this hard. I know, there is never enough time in the day to get everything done, but, my new philosophy is, "Tomorrow is another day".
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