Symptoms of Anxiety Attacks

Have you ever experienced these symptoms of anxiety attacks? People often refer to a mild panic attack as an anxiety attack. Have you ever felt:

  • Dizzy & lightheaded
  • Tingling arms and legs
  • Constricted feeling in the chest
  • Sweating
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Chest pains
  • Racing, pounding heart

Anxiety attacks and panic attacks are terms used to describe moments of extreme anxiety. They can occur spontaneously for no obvious reason or may be in response to a specific event or trigger.

Some people use the term anxiety attack to refer to a mild panic attack.

Get Medical Tests To Be Safe

If you have experienced these symptoms it is important to talk to a doctor to rule out various medical issues. Serious medical conditions may be the cause of your symptoms including heart attack or stroke.

Your doctor will ask you questions about your anxiety levels, lifestyle and contributing factors such as stress levels or traumatic events.

He or she will also most likely conduct blood tests and thoroughly check you for any underlying medical problems that can cause or contribute to anxiety.

Your doctor may diagnose one or more medical conditions or health issues, or they may conclude that you are having anxiety attacks!

My Doctor Says I Have Anxiety Issues

lady having anxiety attack

If you know that you have anxiety issues and have had anxiety or panic attacks it is important to understand why they are happening.

One of the most distressing aspects of anxiety attacks is that all of the symptoms of anxiety attacks can come about suddenly in reaction to a distressing experience or even worse - sometimes just for no reason at all.

You may be with friends at the shopping mall, or going for a walk, or in the office sitting at your desk when all of the sudden -- BOOM! These strange physical and mental sensations suddenly overwhelm you.

What causes the symptoms of anxiety attacks?

You may not be in the mood to appreciate them much right now but they are actually part of a fabulous, very helpful physical adaptation that your body whose purpose is to save your life!

Back in the cave man days this kind of thing was essential to get you primed to fight off an intruder or to run like all heck away from a predator trying to turn you into its lunch!

Your body has just flooded itself with adrenalin, shut down digestion and any other "luxury" activities, and has prepped you to get out of danger!

Your heart may be racing ready to pump blood to your legs and arms in case you need to run fast or even fight for your life. You may find yourself breathing hard as your body prepares to deliver more oxygen. You may feel dizzy and light headed as your body moves blood to your muscles in preparation to move fast!

So now you are ready for anything! Trouble, danger, wild animals and dangerous creatures don't stand much chance as you are more than ready to defeat them!

The only problem is that in a panic or anxiety attack there is no hungry lion waiting to kill you, no nasty fierce enemy caveman trying to steal your cave, no fire in the forest you need to flee.

You are just in the grocery store, or eating breakfast, or driving your car and wondering what the heck is going on!

Adaptive Response But Too Extreme

In our domesticated and technologically advanced world, the need for this super response to danger is not anywhere near as frequent as it once was.

Occasionally you may need to leap out of the way of a bus, or run away from a bully or fight off a criminal but for most of us such things are rare occurrences indeed!

If you are only preparing to give a speech, or talk to a new friend, or try a new sport this kind of super primed physiology is over-kill and actually gets in the way of handling the more mundane situations we now face.

But your body is programmed to act quickly, because this type of response to danger must be almost instant.

And some people have a response that is more of a "hair-trigger" response than others. While this may have been a real advantage at some point in our human history - it is too much help too soon nowdays!

Complexities arise when the person having this sort of physiological reaction - especially if there is no obvious danger - begins to worry about or fear these sensations.

If you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety attacks or panic attacks you will be glad to know there are many different treatment options that are very effective. Find out more about them here .

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