Panic attacks & anxiety can be related to a chemical imbalance, but this is probably oversimplifying a complicated syndrome. Panic is a form of anxiety. Anxiety can have at least 3 different components: 1) biological (imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain; or one way o looking at it is your sympathetic nervous system going into "fight or flight" mode too quickly because your "anxiety thermostat" is too sensitive), 2) psychological (stress
, or "emotional baggage" from the past you need to deal with), and 3) environmental or social triggers.
The best approach to anxiety/panic is treating it holistically. You also want to think outside the box & try to be creative & troubleshoot.
Medications can be part of the solution (but don't have to be); if interested you should speak with a live doctor. I also highly recommend 1) psychotherapy with a live therapist to address social anxiety, and 2) learning some formal relaxation therapy.
The last 2 treatments I mentioned are proven by sophisticated studies using brain scans (CT, MRI, EEG, pet scans) to improve brain function.
Also, by formal relaxation therapy I mean yoga, meditation
, or similar methods. Having relaxing hobbies is also important, but not quite the same as formal relaxation therapy.
And remember you can't separate emotional health from physical health, so exercise & nutrition are vital.
There are also several self-help books you can read which will help.
1) The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra, 2) The Feeling Good Handbook by David D. Burns; 3) The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook by ***** *****, 4) Panic Attacks Workbook: A Guided Program for Beating the Panic Trick by David Carbonell, & 5) Mastery of Your Anxiety and Panic: Workbook (Treatments That Work) by David H. Barlow and Michelle G. Craske.
I hope this helps. Let me know if you need more feedback. Good luck & take care.
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