Our expert says:
We can think about triggers in two different ways. External triggers and internal triggers. External triggers are the things around us and in our environment. Internal triggers are the things that happen in our bodies and minds that can trigger anxiety. When panic is triggered by external things, it is often associated with a phobia (fear of an object, place, person, natural environment or 'thing'). With a panic disorder, the person is most likely to be triggered by a conditioned response to a bodily process or mental thought. A conditioned response in panic is an association formed between the brains adrenaline system and flight and fight system and a bodily reaction (such as a change in physiological arousal, increased breathing rate, muscle tension etc.).
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