Panic Anxiety Attack Symptom
Identifying a panic anxiety attack symptom or symptoms can help play an important role in understanding and overcoming panic and anxiety.
"How can I tell if I am having a panic attack and what should I do if I am?"
There are a variety of symptoms - you have probably heard of many of them already. A dizzy, light-headed feeling, heart beating wildly, feeling like you can't breathe, weak or tingling legs and arms, sweating, chills, and a tense sick feeling in your stomach are the most common.
It is the same feeling you would get if you were very afraid of something and need to get away fast or are so paralyzed by fear that you can't move.
Because some panic attacks seem to strike for no obvious reason, a part of your conscious mind begins to search frantically for possible reasons to make sense of all this -- you may worry you are extremely ill, having a heart attack, going crazy or dying.
And of course all this extra worry just make your symptoms worse!
Panic & Anxiety Attack Symptoms
- feeling dizzy or lightheaded
- chest pains, difficulty breathing or feeling you can't get enough air
- rapid or irregular beating of your heart
- trembling or shaking
- immense terror, fear of dying or going crazy
- lump in your throat, choking sensation or difficulty in swallowing
In addition, you could also feel nausea, feeling a sense of doom, hot or cold flashes, tingling sensation in your fingers and toes and distorted vision.
You may also experience a dramatic increase in senses (particularly in sound and sensitivity to light) and shoulder and neck pain.
Depersonalization and derealization can also be experienced. This is a feeling of you not really being yourself or detached from yourself and a strange feeling of things being unreal.
What Can You Do?
Luckily, if you are having a panic attack, there are many things you can do to feel better.
If this is the first time you have experienced this sort of thing, seek medical help to ensure that you do not have any underlying issues.
As hard as it may be try not to add to your anxiety by imagining all sorts of things that could be wrong or fearing a bad outcome.
Breathe from your abdomen (not your chest) and take long deep breaths.
Try not to be afraid of your symptoms - but be aware of them, acknowledge them and let them wash over and through you.
Worrying about being anxious or worrying about not being relaxed or forcing yourself into being relaxed will just make you more anxious.
Feel each panic anxiety symptom and realize it is there and let it go.
One thing to keep in mind is that your body cannot sustain a panic or anxiety attack for a long time -- it is an energy intensive reaction that is meant to give you a temporary surge of power to get you through a dangerous event - such as escaping a predator.
So as uncomfortable as it may feel it won't go on forever -- you body will back off and begin to relax itself automatically. You don't need to do anything special -- just wait it out.
After the Panic Attack
Rest, relax and be glad it is over! This is probably the only time you will experience such a thing!
If you have had yourself cleared medically, then there is no need for concern.
You might be wanting to reduce the chances of another extreme anxiety and panic episode - if so there are many diet choices, herbal remedies, and lifestyle changes you can make.
Some people are just more excitable, worried and anxious than others by nature. If that sounds like you it may be wise to consider avoiding things like caffeine that make us all jittery!
You can make several more easy lifestyle changes you that will reduce anxiety
Other helpful ideas self-hypnosis, proper abdominal breathing, programs like Panic Away
and The Linden Method,
natural products like PureCalm, (Get More Information on PureCalm for Anxiety & Panic Attacks.) or MindSoothe.
There are many ways to keep feeling better. You are stronger than you think!
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