Why do I feel like I’m always on the verge of a panic attack? (Explained)

Today I’ll be answering why you may feel like you’re always on the verge of a panic attack.

As usual, this is yet another post from our anxiety series that we’ve been doing lately.

If you’re feeling like you’re always going to have a panic attack then this is for you.

For my protection and yours, please understand that this post is simply a collection of options (backed up with sources at times).

Please seek the advice from a professional if you would like to know more.

Why do I feel like I’m always on the verge of a panic attack?

You might be dealing with an unreasonable amount of stress, likely brought about due to GAD (Generalized anxiety Disorder) or even genetics. You’ll have a good idea that it is indeed this problem if you’re starting to have a noticeable lack in social skills, and trouble sleeping at night.


GAD comes with other mental disorders – some of the most common are phobias and panic disorders.

The thing that makes this disorder so much of a pain is that patients who deal with it have it last for 6 months at least.

This is actually a great book that dives more into this topic – you can get a copy by clicking here.

Matter of fact, panic disorders and general anxiety actually share a lot of different symptoms.

A few to name are overly worrying (getting through the day, having an attack or even being understood).

Lack of Social Skills

Your lack of social skills can play a role in your possible GAD, which also explains why you always feel on the verge of a panic attack.

Stress is a major key with GAD survivors that are “dealing” with people.

That stress can come from lack of being understood by the people they talk to, or even talking with another person that they just don’t like.

Trouble Sleeping

Trouble sleeping is another big reason that you may possibly have GAD, ultimately leading to that feeling of having panic attacks.

If you have anxiety in general, it’ll include your trouble to sleep.

With a third of our day supposed to be spent sleeping, if you have trouble doing this, then it’s a great chance that you might have GAD and have it lead to a panic attack.


There’s a chance that genetics could play a role in your feeling of having a panic attack often.

There’s been plenty of studies that prove genetics could be the reason you feel the way you do – especially with feelings that are too hard to explain yourself.

This is actually why a lot of people do 23 and me tests (or things alike), and these tests explain the history of your family.

Including medical records.

With that said, there’s still plenty of research that has to be done on the passing of anxiety from one family member to another.

In fact, there’s one that was done by the Taylor & Francis Group which shows that GAD could be passed down to others genetically.

To be specific, these traits are in fact different factors that combine and eventually make up the disorders that we’ve mentioned relating to anxiety.

Actually, our older family members can function as a map to what to expect from ourselves emotionally.

Of course, I mean this about our living ones, but as I said before, our tests with the ones who died can be done.

I’ve done it before and learned a lot about my family that way.

Final Thoughts

To sum things up, GAD and genetics could be a big reason why you feel on the verge of a panic attack so often.

What do you think?

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