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Understanding Panic Attacks

Updated on March 12, 2011

Anxiety is your body’s way of reacting to stress. There are times when anxiety is perfectly normal for the situation and other times when it can get out of hand. If anxiety is interfering with your day to day routine, then it may be time to look for a suitable anxiety treatment. Anxiety can also be a side effect of many medications, so it is important to check this before beginning any other kind of anxiety treatment. In many instances, eliminating the medication that is causing the problem or reducing the dosage may help alleviate anxiety symptoms.

In other cases, adding routine cardiovascular activity such as running or walking to your schedule may be just what the doctor ordered to alleviate anxiety. Still, in other cases, anxiety may be resistant to exercise. In this situation, there are several anxiety treatments available that can help the average person overcome excessive worry and obsessive thoughts that have come to be recognized as anxiety. Normal amounts of anxiety can be beneficial. A small amount of anxiety helps you deal with issues at work and helps you work harder on school work such as test. Basically what anxiety does is help you cope. 

However, if it becomes excessive and makes everyday things hard to deal with or even face, it’s then that it has become a disorder. If you’re feeling heart palpitations, chest pains, shortness of breath, nausea, belly aches or even headaches, you could be feeling the physical effects of anxiety. What is happening is that your body feels what it thinks is a threat so it gets itself ready to deal with it. Your blood pressure and heart rate will rise, and you may even start to sweat. People looking at you may see you become pale and sweat. In some cases you may even begin trembling.

If you are experiencing an anxiety attack, you may even feel a sense of dread or panic. It has been known to kick into a full-blown panic attack. These tend to feel like a surge of overwhelming fear that come without any reason or warning.  A panic attack is a lot more intense compared to anxiety or feeling overly stressed.  Some people who have experienced panic attacks for the first time have even reported feeling like they were having a heart attack or stroke, when really, anxiety was to blame. People can become disabled by experiencing these panic attacks repeatedly over a small period of time. If you feel a strong need to hide from places and situations, there are anxiety treatments that can help you and eliminate the constant sense of worry that has come to dominate your life.


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  • swedal profile image

    swedal 6 years ago from Colorado

    Thanks so much for stopping by and adding your thoughts Martie and Pixienot! Nice to see you.

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    Pixienot 6 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

    Well said. Well written. I not only concur, I relate.

    Voted up and useful.

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    Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

    This own I know by heart. It seems to me I am married to Sir Panic Attack. Thanks for the interesting info. Voted up in all ways. I confirm: Understanding panic attacks gives us the power to control it.