Although the exact causes of panic attacks and panic disorder are unclear, the tendency to have panic attacks runs in families. There also appears to be a connection with major life transitions such as graduating from college and entering the workplace, getting married, and having a baby. Severe stress, such as the death of a loved one, divorce, or job loss can also trigger a panic attack.
Panic attacks can also be caused by medical conditions and other physical causes. If youâ€™re suffering from symptoms of panic, itâ€™s important to see a doctor to rule out the following possibilties:Â
- Mitral valve prolapse, a minor cardiac problem that occurs when one of the heartâ€™s valves doesn't close correctly.
- Stimulant use (amphetamines, cocaine, caffeine)
- Medication withdrawal