Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Dr. Purushothaman
September 24, 2013

An anxiety attack or panic attack can be a terrifying experience.
The symptoms of anxiety attacks can be very confusing as usually the person has no idea as to why their body is reacting in the manner it is.

However anxiety attacks are very treatable. It is very important that you speak with your doctor if you are experiencing these anxiety attack symptoms in order to receive an accurate diagnosis. Getting your anxiety symptoms investigated after you first experience them will help reassure you that nothing more serious might be wrong.

So what are the typical anxiety attack symptoms?

The most common symptoms of anxiety attacks are:

Palpitations Pounding heart‚ or an accelerated heart rate Sweating Trembling or shaking Shortness of breath A choking sensation Chest pain or discomfort Nausea or stomach cramps A feeling of being dizzy Unsteadiness Lightheadedness or feeling faint Derealization (a feeling of unreality) Depersonalization (a feeling of being detached from oneself) Fear of losing control or going crazy Fear of dying Numbness or a tingling sensation Chills or hot flushes

These are some of the possible symptoms of a anxiety attack but what does it actually feel like to experience one?

Usually an anxiety attack begins with an unusual bodily sensation from the list above. The person then reacts with fear that the symptoms are indicators of a much more serious threat and in turn reacts with more fear which escalates into a state of heightened anxiety. A vicious cycle of anxiety and fear can begin.


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