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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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