For people dealing with panic disorder and agoraphobia, a common complaint is that virtually anything can be a panic trigger. Lets take a look at why that happens.
Fear Of Panic Symptoms Turns Our Focus Inward
When we do not accept our panic and anxiety symptoms, when we fear them and worry about when they will next appear, our mental focus turns almost entirely inward. We become consumed with how we feel at any given time and we worry about how we will feel in the future.
When our inward focus becomes extreme in nature, we enter a state of hyper-vigilance. This has us scanning our bodies and minds almost constantly to find the early warning signs of danger. Our mistaken belief that we need to be saves from our anxiety symptoms puts us on constant alert, ready for the next attack. Often we go to great lengths to be ready to enter "safety ritual" mode instantly if needed.
Being worried about the possible appearance of anxiety symptoms ultimately puts