Why Do I Have Panic Attacks?


Anyone who has ever had a panic attack knows how frightening they can be. Like many others, I  thought I was dying the first time I experienced one. Heart palpitations and a shortness of breath make you think you’re having a heart attack and should call 911. Understanding what’s going on in your body and mind is critical to taming them and reducing their hold over your life.

Dr. J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr., Professor and Co-Director of the Mood Disorder Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is among the most knowledgeable and experienced psychiatrists in the country on mood disorders, skilled at translating medical jargon into language the average patient can digest and use in his or her recovery. In this video, part of the AskHopkinsPsychiatry site, he answers a question from a patient, “Why Do I Have Panic Attacks?” and explains the different forms of anxiety, as well as the treatment options that are available.

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Therese Borchard
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  1. We know that the panic attack and many other mental challenges are the reality of life in our welfare driven society. We also know that the most knowledgeable and experienced mental health professionals, for the most part, are not able to help, or most treatments do not work. So, what is the solution? The solution is we need to know for real what psychology can tell us about the prevalence and motivational causes of mental health issues such as panic attack or depression. We need to trace the links between our welfare society and poor mental health. In other words, mental health issue such as panic attack, depression, anxiety, public drunkenness, gambling and many more has more to do with our social system than individual genetic or vulnerability.

    Looking at all welfare driven societies, the architects of social welfare, in their wildest dreams, would never have imagined that the objectives of the welfare state could produce such an extraordinary number of people with social and mental disabilities. How did our transparent, orderly and modern welfare state form public habit, produce mental health disabilities and build culture of dependency? If you need to know the root cause of mental disabilities, read the Welfare Epidemic by Alexander Laghai at amazon.com.

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