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Chemically; What's Going On?

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Once the fight or flight response kicks in, part of the brain called the hypothalamus starts to release adrenocorticotrophic releasing hormone (ARH).

The job of this hormone is to stimulate the pituitary gland which in turn produces Adrenocorticotrophic hormone(ACTH).

This hormone then stimulates the adrenal glands to produce the well known stress chemicals adrenaline and cortisol.

It’s this mix of chemicals which trigger the panic attack symptoms we experience.

Just how they do this can be found in the next section “How do these chemicals affect me physically?”


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