What is an anxiety attack?
An anxiety attack is a high degree stress response activated by either overly apprehensive behavior (worrying/fearing something really bad may happen) or by the involuntary action of an overly stressed body.
In other words, anxiety attacks have two main causes:
Voluntary anxiety attacks: When we worry something really bad may happen and the body responds with a high degree stress response.
Involuntary anxiety attacks: When the body activates a high degree stress response due to persistently elevated stress.
Recognize The Symptoms Of A Anxiety Attack
Familiarizing yourself with panic attack symptoms can help you feel more in control while one’s happening. Once you realize you’re experiencing a panic attack and not a heart attack, allergic reaction, or some other serious ailment, you can focus on techniques for calming yourself.
Being able to recognize it for what it is will help you decide what action to take to overcome it. Although symptoms differ from person to person, and only a trained professional can provide a definite diagnosis, some common ones include:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Dizziness and lightheadedness
- Shortness of breath
- Choking sensations and nausea
- Shaking and sweating
- Fatigue and weakness
- Chest pain and heartburn
- Muscle spasms
- Hot flashes or sudden chills
- Tingling sensations in your extremities
- A fear that you’re going crazy
- A fear that you might die or be seriously ill
Ten Best Ways to Stop Anxiety Attacks
Research has found that almost everyone will experience an anxiety (panic) attack at least once during his/her life. People who behave more anxiously than normal often experience many anxiety attacks. Some anxious people, approximately 3 percent of the general population, develop panic attack disorder (PAD) – when panic attacks become problematic and interfere with a normal lifestyle.
Anxiety attacks and panic attacks are the same thing.
Anxiety attacks are often characterized as experiencing:
- A feeling of overwhelming fear
- Feeling of going crazy or losing control
- Feeling you are in grave danger
- Feeling you might pass out
- A surge of doom and gloom
- An urgency to escape
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pressure or pain
- Turning pale
- Feeling detached from reality
- Weak in the knees
- Burning skin
- Pins and needles
- Hot and cold flushes
- Numbness and tingling sensations
The above anxiety attack symptoms can be accompanied by:
- Choking sensation, tightening throat, it feels like your throat is closing, it feels like something is stuck in your throat
- Depersonalization (feeling detached from reality, separate from one-self, separate from normal emotions)
- Derealization (feeling unreal, in a dream-like state)
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, unsteadiness
- Emotional distress
- Emotional upset
- Inability to calm yourself down
- Knot in the stomach, tight stomach
- Panicky feeling
- Pounding, racing heart
- Butterflies in the stomach
- Sudden urge to go to the bathroom (urinate, defecate)
- Feel like crying
You can experience one, many, or all of the symptoms listed above. Just because you aren’t experiencing many or all of the above symptoms doesn’t mean you aren’t having an anxiety attack. Each person can have a unique anxiety attack experience.
This list is not exhaustive. As you can see, there are many physical, psychological, and emotional signs and symptoms of an anxiety attack. For a more comprehensive list of anxiety symptoms and descriptions of what they feel like, visit our anxiety symptoms page.
Even though anxiety attacks can be powerful physical, psychological, and emotional experiences, they occur for specific reasons. Understanding these reasons can put you in control of anxiety attacks rather than anxiety attacks seeming like they are out of your control. Learning to control anxiety attacks can set you free from them.Link to original