But Scarecrows fear-inducing crimes are actually not the highlight of this episode. Rather, its the sudden onset of Robins panic attacks, his struggle to overcome his fears, and Batmans surprising expertise in anxiety treatment that take center ring in this satisfying episode. Dr. Andrea Letamendi tries not to swoon over Batmans psychological insight as she explains the physiology of panic attacks and the best way to treat debilitating anxiety. Listen to the episode to find out why Batman makes a good mentor, coach and therapist! I was scared to death!
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Family history seems to play a large role in determining who will suffer from a panic disorder. Researchers have identified several parts of the brain that are involved in fear and anxiety. Some scientists believe that people with panic disorder have an abnormality that causes them to misinterpret benign sensations as threats, causing their fear reaction to go into overdrive. [ 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.
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