WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY?
Over 50 anxiety symptoms and signs for anxiety, anxiety attacks (panic attacks).
Numbness and tingling
Feeling like you are going crazy
Inability to rest
Stomach upset, nervous stomach
Pulsing in the ear
Fear of impending doom
Shortness of breath
Electric shock feeling
Shooting pains in the face
Weakness in legs
Panic Attack symptoms include:
feeling like you are about to lose control
feeling like you are about to go crazy
sudden and strong urge to escape
heightened fear and apprehension
pins and needles
weak in the knees
super sensitive senses and nerves
intense feeling of doom and gloom
Dо anxiety is life threatening?
Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying.
These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious impact on daily life.
People often experience a general state of worry or fear before confronting something challenging such as a test, examination, recital, or interview. These feelings are easily justified and considered normal. Anxiety is considered a problem when symptoms interfere with a person’s ability to sleep or otherwise function. Generally speaking, anxiety occurs when a reaction is out of proportion with what might be normally expected in a situation.
Panic Disorder is a type of anxiety characterized by brief or sudden attacks of intense terror and apprehension that leads to shaking, confusion, dizziness, nausea, and difficulty breathing. Panic attacks tend to arise abruptly and peak after 20 minutes, but they then may last for hours. Panic disorders usually occur after frightening experiences or prolonged stress, but they can be spontaneous as well.
A panic attack may lead an individual to be acutely aware of any change in normal body function, interpreting it as a life threatening illness – hyperventilation followed by hypochondria sis. In addition, panic attacks lead a sufferer to expect future attacks, which may cause drastic behavioral changes in order to avoid these attacks.
How to Stop Panic Attacks?
1.Getting Immediate Relief
2.Control your breathing
Another method is the 5-2-5 method. Inhale with your diaphragm for 5 seconds. Hold your breath for 2 seconds. Then exhale for 5 more seconds. Repeat 5 times.
Continue talking, moving, and keep your thoughts focused. By doing so, you are sending messages to your brain, and your panic, that there is no danger, no alarm, and no reason to be in a fight-or-flight state.
4.Focus on other things
Additional things to try in order to focus on something other than the panic include stretching exercises, doing a puzzle, changing the air temperature, rolling down the window if you are in a car, going outside for some fresh air, or reading something that is interesting to you.
If you suffer from panic attacks or panic disorder, working with a cognitive behavioral therapist will help you learn relaxation strategies to take control of the panic when it starts.
6.Use your senses to tackle the attack
Stop and listen to what is around you. Try to find music in the distance, hear the birds, the wind or the rain, or even the hum of traffic on a nearby highway. Try to find something new that you can hear, other than the sounds of your heart beating and sounds that are part of the stressful event.
Continue to apply the senses by identifying the smells around you. Perhaps you are inside and someone is cooking, or you are outside and you can smell rain in the air.
Focus on the sense of touch. You may not realize it but you are always touching something. If you are seated, focus on the way the chair feels, or notice if the table your arm is resting on is cold, or warm, or if you can feel a breeze on your face.
By taking those few moments to review what your senses are experiencing, you have redirected the focus away from the panic, anxiety, or stress.
This is clearly not resolving the cause of the panic, anxiety, or stress, but concentrating on your senses is useful in addressing the unwanted physical reaction your body may be experiencing.