Hereditary Factors: it has been found that panic attacks tend to run in the family, so just having a family member who’s had troubles with anxiety means you have higher likelihood of enduring the same.

Biological Causes: from hypoglycemia to hyperthyroidism, from parasitic infections to inner ear problems… there are many biological factors that can trigger panic attacks.

Environmental factors: if you live in a highly stressful environment, or even if you were raised as a fearful child in an over-protective household that made you feel as though the world is a scary and disturbing place, that gives you a higher chance of suffering from chronic anxiety.

Self-Fulfilling anxiety: people who suffer from self-doubt and who tend to get caught up in negative cycles of thought or have a victim’s mindset are more likely to suffer from anxiety disorders.

Medications and/or drugs abuse or withdrawal: anyone who abuses drugs (prescription or otherwise) stands a higher risk of developing a panic disorder, as well as anyone who endures withdrawal of a drug their body is accustomed to.

Stimulants abuse: excess consumption of coffee, refined sugars and other stimulants can lead to the development of acute anxiousness or even full-fledged panic disorders, especially when there’s co-occurrence with other risk factors.

Escalating phobias: if you suffer from a phobia and are forced to confront it without the proper orientation or support, your situation can worsen by the uprising of random panic attacks, that happen even at times when you’re not dealing with the object of your phobia.

Above average intelligence: that’s right; many studies have demonstrated that people of higher intelligence are more likely to develop anxiety disorder.

Gender: for reasons that are not fully understood, women seem to have a higher probability of developing panic attacks than men, although there are also plenty of males suffering from this condition.