It depends on a lot of factors like the severity of the initial attack, my overall stress level, the environment Im in, and so on. So, a few hours after an attack, if our bodies are still experiencing the lingering effects of panic hormones, might that help to trigger a secondary attack? An aftershock, if you will? Absolutely. It sure can. Now, because of that SNL skit, I call these post-panic aftershocks panic-anic attacks.
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These episodes are referred to as panic attacks. Panic attacks are characterized by heightened feelings of disaster or of losing control even when there is no immediate threat. The fear can be limited to a specific circumstance, such as getting in an elevator or driving over a bridge, and some attempt to manage their disorder by avoiding certain situations. Many people associate agoraphobia with panic attacks. While agoraphobia was originally thought to involve a fear of public places and open spaces, experts now believe agoraphobia is a complication or outgrowth of panic attacks. People with panic disorder are fearful of having another attack and often avoid places where previous attacks have occurred. As their attacks become more frequent, their world gets smaller and smaller.
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