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Anxiety Attack Symptoms

Most of us think of chronic anxiety as a strictly mental disorder. Yet for those of us who suffer from it, it turns out to be anything but. Anxiety attack symptoms can hurt, bad. Likewise, the condition can be quite debilitating, rendering some of its sufferers unable to make eye contact with others, engage in conversation, or even leave their homes.

Obviously, we don’t all worry to this extreme. In fact, a healthy dose of anxiety is what keeps us all alive day in and day out. It’s what keeps us from touching hot burners, being eaten by alligators, jumping in front of buses, picking fights with police officers, and falling for scams. Anxiety leads to intelligent decision making, healthy skepticism, and successful self-preservation.

So by no means is anxiety in and of itself a bad thing to have. It is necessary, and very good. But as with most things in life, there is the very real threat of having too much of a good thing. When anxiety turns to unwarranted panic, the game changes. Anxiety attack symptoms can transform a person from a functioning member of society to a complete recluse; someone who can’t even perform simple tasks to maintain a normal quality of life.

Some of these symptoms include a total lack of self-confidence, a debilitating fear of ridicule, a constant and never-ending obsession with the affected person’s own mortality, an uncontrollable fear of physical pain and violence, and the sense of always bracing themselves for some sort of impending doom. Of course, the symptoms by no means begin and end with the types of thoughts, emotions, and feelings of dread the individual are engaging in. There are very real physical consequences that go along with all of this.

For one, the anxiety victim will almost always feel an unrelenting tightness in the throat, chest, and upper abdomen. The experiences they can have as a result of this tightness will often vary day-by-day, hour-by-hour. These experiences can include nausea, cramping, shortness of breath (and sometimes even hyperventilation), dizziness, quivering, and even feelings of deep sorrow, as though they’re sobbing on the inside.

It can also significantly affect the sufferer’s head, neck, and shoulders. Incredible amounts of stiffness and tension can build up. A feeling of mental confusion coupled with an incessant “full head” sensation are common. Because of this, the individual is usually unable to see past his or her own thoughts, has incredible difficulty concentrating in a conversation, and becomes more and more panicked during a conversation for fear of it being “found out” that they aren’t paying attention. This type of situation can create a real downward spiral for the sufferer.

For all of these reasons, many individuals who suffer from severe anxiety attacks feel they would be better off just staying at home, spending most of their time in isolation, and staying under the radar as much as possible. For these individuals, finding a suitable and immediate treatment plan is crucial.

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Panic Attack Symptoms

If you have experienced panic attack symptoms, or what you believe may have been symptoms of a panic attack, then you will certainly be able to identify with the symptoms described in this article. Before we jump right into it, however, it is worth noting that panic attacks and anxiety in general are certainly treatable, though consciously attempting to “talk yourself down” rarely works. So if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is best to either seek out professional help, or radically change your lifestyle. We will touch on both of these options momentarily.

A few of the more common symptoms people who suffer from panic attacks include:

* A racing heartbeat. Sometimes your heart may beat so aggressively that you can actually hear it.
* Shortness of breath; hyperventilation
* Dry, constricted throat
* Racing thought; inability to focus
* Thoughts of constant doom. Always bracing yourself for something dreadful.
* Inability to make eye contact
* Muscle twitches
* Intense sweating coupled with any of the above
* Uncontrollable shaking; trembling
* Extreme chills
* Incredible anger and hostility, like you’re about to snap
* Silence; inability to talk
* Nausea; stomach cramps
* Dizziness; fainting

The problem with many of these symptoms is that they very strongly perpetuate other symptoms, and can lead to deeper and deeper states of panic. The most important thing to do if you are experiencing a panic attack is to take a huge drink of water and just lie down. Do not try to play mental games with yourself or try to use visualization, as your brain likely will be unable to focus and will probably just turn any thought into a negative anyway.

Nope, don’t try to solve a panic attack with brainpower. Instead, use your body. Even if you are at the peak of the attack and you feel nauseous and short of breath, take a big drink of water and start moving your body like you mean it. Do some pushups. Go for a run. This may sound really bizarre, but it is actually quite powerful. It takes the power away from the attack and puts you in the driver’s seat.

Once the panic attack has ended, it is a good idea to start seeking out treatment immediately. There are drugs your doctor can prescribe to you, such as Xanax or Effexor, that may be able to help you out. You can also engage in relaxation therapies, NLP (neuro-linguistic programming), and even hypnosis. Ultimately, however, I believe it comes down to the original suggestion: exercise. Exercising your cardiovascular system, along with your muscles, helps to keep you loose, strong, oxygenated, and biochemically balanced. If you throw a healthy diet full of raw, organic veggies and fruits into the mix, you should be able to kick this thing’s butt, no problem!

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