In the last post, we talked about Understanding Anxiety and Anxiety Attacks. Now let’s take a look at some symptoms of these attacks. There are two main groups of anxiety attack symptoms, the psychological mental symptoms and the physical symptoms which flow on from them. So here, we’ll focus on Temperament Psychology – Anxiety Attack Symptoms.
Anxiety Attack Symptoms – Psychological Symptoms
The psychological or mental symptoms manifest themselves in the following ways:
- a constant feeling of worry or distress that is present all the time
- problems sleeping, with a constant feeling of being tired
- lack of concentration
- a sense of over-vigilance and always feeling on edge
- an inability to relax
- an unexplained tendency burst into tears
Anxiety Attack Symptoms – Physical Symptoms
The other main group of anxiety attack symptoms is the physical symptoms, caused by an over-activity of the body’s automatic nervous system and an excess of epinephrine (adrenaline) in the bloodstream. In the last published post, we addressed Anxiety and Anxiety Attacks. Now about the symptoms. They include:
- a fast, pounding heartbeat
- fast breathing or hyperventilation
- palpitations, or an irregular heartbeat
- a feeling of nausea
- a tight pain in the chest
- constant headaches, especially over the eyes or like a metal band wrapped around the head
- excessive sweating, especially sweaty palms
- trembling or shaking
- loss of appetite
- a feeling of faintness or dizziness
- needing to pass urine frequently
- a feeling of ‘butterflies’ in your stomach
Many of these symptoms are similar to those experienced in panic disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, and on rare occasions may be experienced in certain physical diseases such as an overactive thyroid gland. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is often used for treating this kind of disorders.
Remember, anxiety symptoms or normal everyday symptoms that we all experience in response to acute stressful events. It is only when the anxiety attack symptoms become more persistent and severe that they may be the signs of a more generalized anxiety disorder. We all need a little bit of adrenaline to sharpen our focus and make us more alert in certain situations, but an excess, particularly over a long period, can have a detrimental effect on our general health and sense of well-being.
Long-term anxiety symptoms can also lead to the development of other conditions such as high blood pressure and impairment of the immune system, possibly leading to an increased risk of infection. It is probably a good idea to consider anxiety as a whole-body, neuro-physiological state and not just a mental health condition — the increased activity in your automatic nervous system and the increased levels of adrenaline in your bloodstream have negative impacts on your overall well-being and health if left for a long period of time.
It is therefore important, as far as possible, to try to reduce the anxiety attack symptoms that you experience over the long term by finding ways to deal with them, either by using relaxation and other psychological techniques, natural remedies or prescribed medication.
Anxiety Does Not Have To Control You
Anxiety and anxiety attacks are an all too common problem in today’s world. There are a number of steps you can take to help you better cope with anxiety.
If you are just sitting around your house doing nothing, you will feel anxious. Try to find different ways to keep yourself busy, instead, and feed your mind with other things to keep busy with other than the problems you’re thinking of. Try to find new hobbies like an art project to take your mind off of the anxiety you’re facing or engage in CBT which may be very helpful.
Take your negative thoughts, and turn them into positive thoughts. At the onset of anxiety, redirect your negative thoughts to a positive channel. In effect, recondition your mind. Try to stay positive even in complicated, difficult situations.
Excess stress and anxiety can cause you to lose your quality of life. Consider applying what you found to be helpful in this article so that you can reduce the effect that your worries have on you in day-to-day life.
How to get your Panic Attacks under Control
When you have panic attacks, it can influence your whole life, your self-confidence might go down, and it can affect you at many events you go to. Knowing how to regain control during panic attacks is crucial to stopping them. In the following article, you will be given advice that will help you deal with panic attacks so that you can have a more enjoyable life.
If you are able to analyze your emotions and feelings in the early stages of your panic attack, you may well be able to control these attacks. For example, if you’re faced with a severe panic attack, be aware that it’s all just about your personal feelings and that those feelings never did and never will be hurting you. Talk to yourself in a positive manner, and keep it up until you get some relief.
If you are a sufferer of chronic panic attacks, you should not drink alcohol. Alcohol is a drug and is classified as a depressant, and it will bring down your mood. When panic attacks occur in combination with alcohol, a pretty dangerous or even fatal situation may occur. Also if the medications you take for anxiety attacks mix with the alcohol, you could experience major problems.