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Anxiety Attacks - How Do I Know If I Am Having One?

By Edited Mar 16, 2016 1 2

Our modern day lifestyle is made up of rushed deadlines, too much multitasking, chronic stress, and not enough sleep. All these environmental and behavioral stresses pile up and climax in manifestations of attacks of panic and anxiety. In just the United States, millions of normal people like you and me are suffering from anxiety attacks. The effects of these attacks can range from mild disturbances to serious and life altering. Anxiety can impair your job performance, academic performance, your ability to focus, your enjoyment of life, and basically every aspect of your personal and professional life. It may be so bad that causes strained relationships with your coworkers, friends, and family members.

To treat what causes anxiety attacks, you first need to know if you are truly having a panic attack. So what exactly happens when you have an anxiety attack? These symptoms separate an attack from a mere case of nervousness. They signs of an acute episode are:

loss of sensation or tingling in your fingers or toes
vertigo or dizziness
blacking out
intense headaches
inability to breathe
profuse sweating
heart palpitations
uncontrollable shaking
extreme chills

You may experience only one or maybe all of these symptoms. Most people will experience just a few. If these feelings are accompanied by an extreme fear, then it is likely you are having an anxiety attack. The length of these episodes will vary, but most will disappear within a few hours. This will vary from person to person, but if this is in any way affecting your employment or life, then you need to seek help. If left untreated, anxiety attacks can become chronic and lead to a vicious cycle of panic.

For those who have anxiety so severe that it prevents you from living your life and performing everyday tasks, then you need to seek medical help or try to relieve the stress in your life by learning relaxation techniques and coping strategies. Some effective natural cures for anxiety are controlled muscle exercises, meditation, and cognitive behavioral therapy. For others, prescription medication may be necessary to get rid of panic attacks. Do note however that even though medications may get rid of the signs of anxiety, the underlying stress in your life will still need to be dealt with. Do not just sweep these issues under the rug just because you no longer experience the acute symptoms of stress. Ignoring your problems will only lead to long term damage which are potentially life threatening such as heart disease.



Apr 2, 2010 9:50pm
When I had my first one....I knew something wasn't right....a little on line research...confirmed it. Then I spoke to my doctor.
Nov 4, 2010 9:32pm
I agree, anxiety attacks need to be dealt with. The symptoms are very real and scary when the person experiences them.
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