Panic and anxiety attacks are different and many people don’t realize this. Anxiety attacks are usually triggered by a fearful or stressful situation. Tension from daily life is enough to trigger anxiety symptoms. Worrying and getting worked up about relationships and work are common causes for having an anxiety attack.
Having an anxiety attack doesn’t necessarily mean that you are suffering from an anxiety disorder. It’s perfectly natural to feel confused and anxious at times during stressful situations and experiences. Some people hate rollercoaster’s while others love it. Each person processes different environmental stimuli and experiences in a different way.
Feelings of dread, apprehension and nervousness are typical during an anxiety attack. Sometimes these symptoms may last for a few minutes but they normally settle. Unlike anxiety attacks, panic attacks are not usually cued by a stressor. Panic attacks can happen at any time without warning.
For the sufferer this can be difficult to cope. Sufferers may feel inhibited to do normal everyday things, because they dread that a panic attack may spring on them at any time. Anxiety disorders differ in symptoms and may not even create anxiety attacks.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is a common anxiety disorder that creates symptoms such as uneasiness and trouble concentrating. However, more commonly, sufferers find themselves unable to shut themselves off from troubling thoughts. Obsessing and worrying about the smallest situations and troubles can make a sufferer feel powerless.
There are similarities in symptoms of panic and anxiety disorders, however panic attacks are far worse. Trouble breathing, chest pains, derealization and depersonalization; these are just a few of the symptoms a sufferer may experience. What’s worse is that these attacks can go on for hours and symptoms can last for days and even weeks.
Sufferers tend to avoid places where they’ve had a panic attack in case they have a repeat. Trying to forget about having an attack is virtually impossible, since sufferers know that an oncoming attack is inevitable.
Both panic and anxiety disorders can develop over time and sometimes worsen. Chemical changes in the brain and external stressors are often the causes of such disorders. Additionally they can be inherited from birth.
Frequent panic attacks are extremely debilitating for a sufferer. Fortunately panic and anxiety disorders can be treated. Apart from medication, behavioral therapy and alternative therapies are available. Such treatments can often cut down symptoms dramatically.