September 5, 2011

Symptoms of Anxiety and Panic Attacks

anxiety panica ttacksOften, when people are experiencing a panic attack, they are truly unsure of the symptoms and therefore it can be simple to mistake the symptoms that are commonly experienced through a panic attack with other types of disorders. Here are some of the common symptoms that are associated with anxiety and panic attacks that can help you to determine whether the symptoms that you are experiencing are truly that of a panic attack:

Tightness in the chest and shortness of breath
Tightness within the chest area and shortness of breath are two of the common symptoms that are associated with an anxiety disorder or a panic attack. Many times tightness in the chest is the first symptom that is associated with a panic attack. The tightness in the chest as the first symptom is often an indication of a panic attack that is going to occur and therefore many patients are able to use this trigger as an indication that relaxation methods should be used to try and reduce the panic attack in severity as well as reducing the panic attack in length.

Difficulty Breathing
Accompanied with the tightness within the chest and the shortness of breath, there is often a sense that one cannot get enough air or a sense of difficulty breathing that can accompany the person that is suffering from the panic attack. Breathing deeply and exhaling through the mouth can be an effective way to ensure that you are able to get enough air to reduce the feelings in the panic attack that are associated with the breathing difficulty.

Panic
Becoming panicky in certain situations is another common indication of panic and anxiety attack. In most cases, the individual experiencing the panic attack or anxiety disorder will experience a level of panic that is too high for certain situations. Through these times it is important to realize a normal or regular level of panic. In the case that you are experiencing a heightened level of panic through everyday situations or in situations which are usually of low-stress you may want to question whether you are indeed suffering from a panic attack.

Dizziness and Nausea
Dizziness and nausea are two aspects of the panic attack which are often experienced through the mid-time of the panic attack. Although these symptoms are not experienced with every single person that is experiencing a panic attack it is important to realize that these symptoms can cause more anxiety and can begin with the feeling of dread or fear in the stomach. The nausea and dizziness is often associated with a sense of lightheadedness and therefore once the symptoms begin to onset it is important to ensure that you are able to have access to water, as well as sitting down to reduce the risk of fainting.

Learning the symptoms that are associated with a panic attack can be an effective way to find a method to determine a treatment for panic attacks and anxiety symptoms.