Anxiety Attack Symptoms

What You Should Know To Overcome Anxiety Disorder

Anyone who suffers from such a disorder is certainly quite versed in the types of symptoms that frequently accompany anxiety attacks; however, in order to learn to cope with and even overcome these symptoms it is important to first learn why these symptoms occur.

The base symptom of any anxiety disorder is fear itself.

This fear often occurs as a result of a perceived threat. In many cases this fear may only result from a threat that is perceived only and not a real threat.

This however, has no effect on the results of the anxiety attack. When the human brain senses fear, whether it is real or perceived, it responds with certain biological responses.

These responses prepare the body to either stay and fight the threat or flee from it. This is commonly known as the fight or flight response.

Some of the most common symptoms that can be associated with an anxiety attack as a result of this perception of threat include the following:

  • Sweating
  • Hot or cold flashes
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Numbness
  • Tingling in the hands or feet
  • Feeling as if you can’t breathe
  • Dizziness
  • Chest pain
  • Fear of losing control
  • A feeling of impending doom
  • Feeling as if you are out of touch
  • Heart palpitations
  • Feeling as if you are about to die
  • Trembling

In most cases anxiety attack symptoms begin to peak within 10 minutes of the attack beginning and the symptoms will begin to subside within a half an hour of the attack starting. In some cases; however, it could take several hours for all of the symptoms to completely subside.

In many cases anxiety attacks seem to appear for absolutely no reason. In this regard, they may come completely from out of the blue. Unfortunately, the individual may associate their location at the time of the attack as a cause for the symptoms they experience. As a result they may then begin to avoid that particular location or even situation as a result of fearing the occurrence of another attack. This avoidance can then lead to even further problems such as the development of another disorder known as agoraphobia.

The intensity of the symptoms associated with an anxiety attack can be quite frightening. That intensity level can vary from one person to the next and even from one attack to the next. With that said; however, it is important to understand that while the intensity of these symptoms is often very frightening the symptoms themselves are not dangerous. Even though the symptoms of an anxiety attack can certainly feel life-threatening it is important to understand they are not. Understanding and accepting that the symptoms of an anxiety attack will not hurt you is one of the first steps toward recovery. In addition, there are techniques that can be used which will reduce the severity and even the frequency of anxiety attacks.

 

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