Anxiety Attacks Symptoms Help

Anxiety attacks symptoms are more than just general worry. A sufferer of anxiety attacks may feel they are going to have a heart attack or lose control in some way.

But it doesn't have to be this way!

When left untreated anxiety attacks can impair daily functioning and reduce the quality of life. This makes it important to receive correct treatment to reduce anxiety attack symptoms and regain control of life.

Here we discuss:

  • the symptoms of an anxiety attack
  • anxiety attack treatment options

Recognizing the symptoms of anxiety attacks

If left untreated, anxiety attacks (also known as panic attacks) can cause panic disorder, resulting in withdrawal from daily activities and stopping a person achieving their potential.

There are a number of anxiety attacks symptoms. Here we provide a checklist of symptoms of anxiety attacks. They provide a quick and easy comparison for people who may suffer from anxiety attacks but they are not to be used as a diagnosis. Please see your doctor or psychologist.

Some of the anxiety attacks symptoms include:

  • pounding heart, palpitations, or an increased heart rate
  • shaking or trembling
  • sweating
  • shortness of breath or sensation of smothering
  • choking feeling
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • hot flushes or chills

  • abdominal distress or nausea
  • feeling faint, dizzy, lightheaded, or unsteady
  • feelings of unreality or being detached from oneself
  • fear of going crazy or losing control
  • fear of dying
  • numbness or tingling sensations

If you have experienced four or more of these anxiety attacks symptoms in a discrete period then this is the criteria for an anxiety attack (APA, 1994).

There may be many reasons from these anxiety attacks, ranging from illness to medications, so please visit the doctor or local health professional for advice.

Treating anxiety attacks

When do you suffer anxiety attacks?

When treating your anxiety attacks it is important to put your anxiety attacks into context. For example:

  • anxiety attacks that occur unexpectedly may be diagnosed as a panic disorder
  • anxiety attacks that occur every time you go into a social situation may be a result of social anxiety disorder
  • anxiety attacks that are cued by excessive worry could be a result of generalized anxiety disorder

Anxiety attacks can be treated successfully with self help for anxiety and/or a series of sessions with a therapist.

Cognitive behavior therapy

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is generally viewed as the most effective therapy for treating an anxiety disorder such as anxiety attacks, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder.

In CBT the patient receives psycho-education and a general treatment plan. The patient typically monitors their panic attacks and records the types of situations that activate these anxiety attacks.

In CBT a trained therapist typically targets the individual's cognition and behavior. The cognitive therapy part helps people to change their thinking patterns that support their fears while the behavioral component helps people to change the way they behave towards stimuli that is anxiety-provoking.

CBT may be combined with exposure therapy and complemented with anti anxiety medications.

While we recommend conventional anxiety treatment with a psychologist, there are obvious advantages to seeking professional anxiety help via the Internet or phone, especially if distance or anxiety makes it difficult to receive expert help.

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