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What Does an Anxiety Attack Feel Like

Douglas Hanna

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When you finish reading this article you will have a clear understanding of what an anxiety attack feels like. You will also know the causes of anxiety disorder and you will have learned some recommended treatments.

What does an anxiety attack feel like

It is difficult to say exactly what an anxiety attack feels like because the attack can have emotional, mental and physical symptoms.

The mosts common physical symptoms include headaches, trembling, twitching, irritability, frustration and an inability to concentrate.

An anxiety attack may also include breathlessness, a “racing" heart, stomach symptoms, blurred vision, and chest pains.

Other typical physical symptoms

Other physical symptoms of an anxiety attack may be “pins and needles" sensations in the limbs, difficulty swallowing, and stomach symptoms.

What causes an anxiety attack

Many experts believe there is a small organ in the subconscious mind called the Amygdala which behaves sort of like a thermostat and regulates anxiety responses. Under normal circumstances, the Amygdala reacts only in the face of real threats. However, if it becomes reset at a higher-than-normal level of anxiety because of repeated anxiety during times of stress, it can form anxiety disorders.

How can you handle anxiety attacks?

If you are suffering from severe anxiety attacks, the first thing you should do is see your family physician for a medical checkup. He or she will make sure that your anxiety is not being caused by a medical condition, such as hypoglycemia, asthma, or a thyroid problem.

Two recommended therapies

Your doctor may recommend prescription drugs such as antidepressants or may steer you towards therapy. The most popular form of therapy is called cognitive-behavior therapy. As suggested by its name, this therapy focuses on thoughts or cognitions in addition to behaviors. It can help you identify and challenge your negative thinking patterns and irrational beliefs and, thus, reduce your anxiety.

Another recommended therapy is called exposure therapy. In this therapy, you are led to confront your fears but in a safe and controlled environment. You're exposed repeatedly either in your imagination or in reality to the feared object or situation and, over time, gain a greater sense of control. Your anxiety will gradually diminish as you face your fear but experience no harm.

What else you can do

If you are experiencing only mild-to-moderate anxiety attacks, there are things you can do yourself to handle the problem. One of these is called “positive self-talk. " You can learn more about this technique which has helped thousands of anxiety sufferers by clicking here for complete details . And when you get to this website, be sure to sign up for the free newsletter, Tips for Anxiety Attack Relief.


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