How Do I Recognize an Anxiety Attack?

What is an Anxiety Attack?

Am I having a panic attack?

Fear is the body's normal reaction to anything unusual or potentially danger.

In such circumstances it is normal to be come anxious or fearful because up until recently a greater awareness during times of stress was important to survival.

Today, when the new and different is considered a desirable part of life, for some people that means that their bodies are always on "red alert" which is not how our bodies are built to work.

Just as solders need to be relieved from battle stations, our bodies need relief from tension.

When this doesn't happen, just like overtired solders, our body becomes confused.and even situations that have no malice feel dangerous.

This is when anxiety or panic attacks start, with all the physical symptoms and problems that go along with them.

What Form can an Attack Take?

What does a panic attack feel like?

Some of the forms it can take are:

  • anxiety
  • panic
  • worry
  • dread
  • obsession
  • compulsion

Since anxiety comes in a variety of forms and is not only represented by fear, many people have a hard time understanding what is going on.

Most people experience anxiety in some form, experiencing it before or after stressful situations like a traumatic event. If the anxiety doesn't fade after a short period of time outside help is needed.

Or the changes can come at very random times. Anxiety issues and anxiety disorder may cause people to completely withdraw emotionally and often physically from their family and friends.

How Can it Effect My Social Life?

Both social and personal life can be strongly affected by anxiety.

It can cause people to withdraw indoors and avoid social activities for reasons involving fear, shutting themselves off from the "outside" world.

An anxiety attack can also be an unexpected episode that involves fear as opposed to an overwhelming feeling.

What are the Physical Signs?

How does a panic attack feel?

A sign of anxiety attack can cause anything from irregular heartbeats to chest pain.

They may also include:

  • shaking
  • twitching
  • trembling
  • body tension
  • aches and pains
  • sweating
  • clamminess
  • hot flashes
  • chills
  • "rubber legs"
  • tingling in extremities
  • difficulty sleeping
  • unpredictable sleeping patterns
  • stomach problems such as nausea

While these can all be part of an anxiety or panic attack, they can also be signs of other, some very serious, physical problems.

A multitude of symptoms are what can make anxiety panic attacks difficult to diagnose.

It really does take a doctor to make sure that another problem isn't causing the problems.

What are the Emotional Signs?

What are my feelings during a panic attack?

Emotional signs of anxiety attacks may include dread, a desire to escape, or perhaps a feeling of dying.

Other emotional variations to be aware of include:

  • fearfulness
  • a feeling of terror
  • insecurity
  • incredible self-consciousness,
  • irritability
  • apprehension

If you feel that you or a loved one is suffering from any of these problems, do get a proper checkup with a medical doctor to make sure of proper treatment.

Do make sure that there isn't a totally different problem such as a brain tumor or bleeding ulcer, which can cause some of the same feelings and the same problems, but need very different treatment.