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How To Recognize Anxiety Attack Symptoms

Aug 17, 2007
It's a scary thing, suffering an anxiety attack yet wondering whether the attack is actually heart related. In reality, it is but not in the sense of a true heart attack. There's no question however, doing nothing about it is not the right attitude to adopt.

That moment when you know or feel like something is not right; you're short of breath and you heart is pounding at a million beats per minute. Is this the end? Well, it's more than likely you have just experienced an anxiety attack.

Anxiety Attack Symptoms

There are several symptoms related to anxiety. One of them is the pounding heart and can occur whether it is just a mild attack or a severe one. The reaction is to clutch the chest just as a heart attack victim would. It's a particularly scary time for people at middle age given they are heading into a time of life when health becomes a concern. In the United States, the number of patients who check into hospitals fearing a heart attack only to find tests revealed nothing abnormal is almost staggering. An anxiety attack was probably the cause.

Losing Breathing Control

Shortness of breath is another common symptom of anxiety. It's a sensation that feels like the chest is caving in with everything being sucked in but nothing seems to be released. The breathing becomes very erratic and trying to speak is nigh on impossible. Once this symptom is recognized by a sufferer there are ways to control it. In this author's case, before any type of major broadcast I would perform a series of deep, controlled breathing exercises which worked like a charm every time. Your case may be different and it's worth discussing with your health physician.

The feeling of losing control of your body is about as uncomfortable as it gets. During an episode, this one symptom is enough to force people into a "shell" but it doesn't have to be that way.

Getting a feeling of lightheadedness is a symptom common to people with a phobia or being uncomfortable in crowded situations. In extreme cases, fainting is normally the end result. This can have dramatic consequences for sufferers such as collapsing and hitting the head on a hard surface.

The Options

The feeling of losing control of your body is about as uncomfortable as it gets. During an episode, this one symptom is enough to force people into a "shell" but it doesn't have to be that way.

The good news with anxiety attack is that it can be treated effectively. People need to realise that suffering an attack doesn't mean you have a serious mental problem which will limit your normal daily activities. Controlling attacks can be a simple process once anxiety symptoms have been established. You don't have to let it control your life.
About the Author
Dean Caporella is a professional broadcaster. Recognize the symptoms of anxiety attack along with anxiety panic attack news and reviews at:http://www.panicattacksite.com
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