Anxiety attacks can also be part of an ongoing pattern. Often the nervous system is in a much more sensitive state than ‘normal’ and so panic attacks can be triggered more easily. Dr. Claire Weekes refers to this state as the ‘sensitised nervous system’. In this state the nervous system is hypersensitive and overreacts to stimuli. An extreme fight-or-flight response is triggered when the situation does not warrant it. There is no angry bear chasing us in reality, but our nervous system reacts as if there is. For some people, these attacks are triggered by something specific, such as a flight, drive, meeting, speech, test, etc. For some people, when the nervous system is extremely sensitised, an ongoing anxiety state can exist, like an anxiety attack that continues instead of blowing over within a few minutes like a more ‘typical’ panic attack.