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Anxiety attacks and panic attacks are two completely different things despite what people think.
If you don't know what you are having, it will be difficult to get the right treatment and learn the right coping skills to help you during an attack.
Let's take a closer look at the two and find out which one it has.
An anxiety attack is an intense and / or prolonged period of anxiety, anxiety attacks usually have a trigger, such as an exam, relationship problems or getting on a plane.
Anxiety attacks are more severe than simply feeling anxious, but they are less severe than panic attacks.
An anxiety attack can last from a couple of minutes to a couple of hours, sometimes it can last for days and weeks.
Anxiety attacks usually have one or more of the following symptoms
• Restlessness, burning sensation or nervousness.
• Be easily fatigued
• Difficulty concentrating or having a blank mind
• Muscle tension
• Difficulty controlling concerns.
• Sleep problems (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, or restless and unsatisfactory sleep)
Anxiety attacks often cause people to avoid places that make the person feel anxious or a place where someone has had an anxiety attack.
A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear that triggers serious physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause.
The panic attack usually has some of the following symptoms
• Feeling of death or imminent danger.
• Fear of loss of control.
• Fast and strong heart rate
• tremor or tremor
• Shortness of breath or tightness in the throat
• shaking chills
• Hot flushes
• abdominal cramp
• chest pain
• Dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting.
• Numbness or tingling sensation.
• Feeling of unreality or detachment.
Panic attacks usually last about 10-15 minutes.
The main key difference between anxiety and panic attacks are
The symptoms of anxiety attack are mild
The symptoms of panic attack are intense
Anxiety attacks can be short or long term.
Panic attacks are short.
Anxiety attacks are gradual.
Panic attacks are sudden.
Anxiety attacks are not a disorder.
Panic attacks are a symptom of panic disorder.
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