Anxiety Attack Symptoms
Anxiety attacks or panic attacks feel like the end of the world and of all the aspects of the mental health illnesses that I deal with is the one that I hate the most. I can deal with the constant barrage of suicidal ideation and I can deal with the physical pain that depression causes but dealing with anxiety attacks is hell on earth. In this particular article we are going to look at anxiety attacks or panic attacks.
Anxiety Attack Symptoms
Everyone who has ever experienced an anxiety or panic attack will describe symptoms that are a bit different from one another yet the majority will be the same. A common anxiety attack symptom is hyperventilating or struggling to get one’s breath and it can be pretty darn scary. Another common symptom is your heart rate going through the roof and after a while you are convinced that your heart is just going to explode. The combination of your heart beating like mad and you can not catch your breath it feels like you are about to have a heart attack.
Other Anxiey Attack Symptoms
– the feeling of overwhelming fear
– a feeling of impending doom
– feeling of total loss of control
– a strong urge to leave the situation or place that you are in
– trembling limbs
– strong pressure in your chest or back
– hot and cold flashes
– feeling nauseous
The list of anxiety attack symptoms can go on and on. As mentioned before each person experiences something slightly different from the next
What Causes Anxiety Attacks
This is the million dollar question and like anxiety attacks themselves will differ from person to person. One of the goals of therapy is to recognize the situation or situations that may lead to one having an anxiety attack which is a hell of a lot harder than it sounds. The problem is summed up in one word TRIGGERS.
Now triggers are also used in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder terminology in terms of what causes flashbacks but can be used in describing situations when related to panic or anxiety attacks. A trigger could be anything from a crowded room to a loud noise to a wooden spoon to a name. Whatever the trigger happens to be sets off the fight or flight response and it immediately ramps up to high and before you know it you’re dealing with a panic or anxiety attack. Now unfortunately it is common for a person to have a multitude of triggers which makes it difficult to treat
Treatments For Anxiety Attacks
1. Medication – There are certain fast action medications that can help someone experiencing an anxiety attack or to prevent an anxiety attack from taking place however these medications can also be highly addictive and abused. I take a medication to help deal with another disorder whose side usage also lowers my anxiety rate.
2. Counseling – Finding the right mental health therapist is key here as it involves wading in some pretty awful waters in which you identify the main seed of the anxiety and battle to come to terms with it. The goal is by treating the main issue at hand it will lessen the triggers.
3. Developing Coping Skills – After you have dealt with anxiety attacks a person tends to develop coping skills that will help them get through it. One of the coping skills that I have found effective is focusing my attention on an item in the room. One that my brain knows is real and present as the anxiety rushing through my head is neither. Whatever I can do to snap my brain back to reality is what I aim for.
Dealing with anxiety attacks never gets easy as no matter how many you have experienced they are still scary. By learning to recognize the anxiety attack symptoms hopefully you will be able to help yourself get out of it faster.