Anxiety attacks are episodes of excessive worry or fear about future events and outcomes. People who are experiencing general anxiety are highly likely to experience them.
If you are an anxious person, you would often worry about things turning bad and feel overwhelmed at the face of it all. If you are suffering from an anxiety disorder, the scale of worry amps up. The uneasiness and fears become more frequent, to an extent it hinders your day-to-day life. The already existent anxiousness makes people from anxiety disorders more prone to anxiety attacks.
Why Do You Feel Anxious?
Let’s say you are someone who is anxious most of the time, you typically have a mild or tolerable level of anxiousness most of the time. When you experience an episode of an anxiety attack, you will see a spike in the levels of fear and worry, the previously tolerable levels of anxiousness are now at a level where it is too overwhelming. You become restless, stressed, and sometimes, disoriented.
Anxiety Attacks: Causes
Though people suffering from anxiety disorders are more prone to anxiety attacks, they do not occur without any triggers. They are not sudden and usually creep up through a trigger or a series of triggers. The triggers can be of any kind. They can be prominent and highly affecting that you quickly slip into a state of worry, or multiple relatively small triggers slowly building up the tension.
This identifiable cause makes anxiety attacks easier to identify, unlike a panic attack. Once you are familiar with your condition regarding anxiety and your triggers, you can be prepared for what comes next. However, it is not possible to snap out of an anxiety attack quickly. The anxiousness just goes from normal levels to higher, and then back to normal at a slow pace.
Symptoms Of An Anxiety Attack
- intense, uncontrollable worry and fear about everything
- heart palpitations and chest aches
- sweating and dizziness
- distress and restlessness
- muscle tension and tightness in the throat
- difficulty with concentration or sleep
How Are Anxiety Attacks Different From Panic Attacks
These terms are often used interchangeably. Though they share some common symptoms, anxiety attacks and panic attacks are two different things.
Here are some of the ways in how they differ:
- A panic attack usually occurs unexpectedly, while anxiety attack has specific triggers.
- When a person has a panic attack, it has more intense physical symptoms. Anxiety attack is mild, moderate, or severe.
- An anxiety attack focuses on the stressors themselves.
- A panic attack is extremely disruptive, while anxiety attack builds in intensity.
When To Get Help
If you are experiencing increased levels of anxiety, anxiety attacks or panic attacks, it is important to seek professional help at the earliest. Through timely intervention and regular medical and psychological treatments, it is very much possible to overcome these disorders.