The real reason behind panic attacks is the alarm system in human beings that sends false alarm signals. This system was designed to send alerts whenever you are in danger and need more energy to survive. But in some occasions it sends false signals when there isn’t any real, significant threat, in situations like public speaking, attending an interview etc.
Fear is the main cause of panic attacks.
This fear might be of
- Losing something valuable
- Unable to cope with the situation
- Ill health/ death.
Occurrence period of such panic attacks varies from 5 to 20 minutes. Normally these panic attacks may not fatal or life threatening but if they last for more than 20 minutes, immediate medical aid is must for recovery.