Literally. “My grandfather died from a heart attack,” the life coach recounted in a HuffPost Live interview on Thursday. “So whenever I would have an anxiety or panic attack, it would be heightened by that fear that I’m having that exact same thing that took someone closest from me away.” As a result, Vennie refused to travel to places without a hospital nearby and often tethered himself to the parking lots of medical facilities. “I would sleep in my car in the parking lot of a hospital after having an anxiety attack, ” he explained. “Just in case I had another one, [so as to be] in close proximity to doctors and somewhere I could get help.” Watch the clip above to see how Quentin Vennie quelled his anxiety, and watch the full HuffPost Live segment on anxiety here. More: Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day..
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[ Related: Women With No Fear Feel Panic in Experiments ] Some researchers think that people with panic disorder misinterpret harmless bodily sensations as threats. While biology may be a factor, environment can also be influential. If a parent or close adult suffers from panic disorder, a child may begin to think panic is a standard reaction and mimic adult behavior. Researchers are also looking for ways in which stress and environmental factors may play a role. A major stressful life event, such as an accident or the death of someone close, can trigger a panic attack in someone who previously exhibited no signs of the disorder. However, it doesnt have to be a significant event to plant the seed of a panic attack.
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