Every time a person feels worried about certain things or some fear about what might happen, they are suffering from anxiety. A panic attack, also known as an anxiety attack, manifests itself through an extreme feeling of worry, uncertainty, or fear in regards to a situation which may be tense or may only be tense in the mind of the panic attack sufferer.  Fortunately, a panic attack is usually controllable with some education, simple techniques, and, in the long term, the help of a qualified professional to determine the root cause. As a matter of fact, a panic attack can be successfully handled naturally if its onset is recognized.  Recognizing a panic attack before it overwhelms a person requires a thorough knowledge of the symptoms. A panic attack, or any anxiety disorder, is not an unidentifiable or uncontrollable illness, even if it feels overwhelming. Panic attacks often, but not always, come about for a reason and have specific reasons and underlying explanations why they persist.

 

Taking the first step to control a panic attack is to recognize when the attack is beginning.   Below is a list of some of the symptoms associated with anxiety disorders and panic attacks. Since every person is different, symptoms and their intensity may vary by individual.

 

Head:

Dizziness or light-headedness

Frequent headaches

Head, neck, or shoulder tightness or stiffness

Overexcitement

Shooting pains in the face, scalp, or head,

Sore jaw that feels like a toothache

Jaw Clenching or grinding of the teeth

 

Chest:

Pain, tightness in the chest

A persistent fear of a heart attack

The feeling of breathing difficulties

Shortness of breath

Frequent trying to catch your breath

Heart palpitations

Irregular heart rhythms, flutters or skipped beats

 

Skin and Muscle:

Burning sensation

Lasting fatigue

A feeling of mania or nervous energy

Feel faint

Feeling cold

Hyperactivity

A noticeable change in sex drive

Involuntary muscle twitching

Stiffness in the shoulder, back, and neck

Numbness or tingling in hands, feet, face, head, or any other parts of your body

Persistent muscle tension

Jumpiness

Excessive sweating

Trembling or shaking

Frequent urination

Weakness in the legs and arms,

 

Hearing:

Reduced hearing or deafness in one or both ears

Low rumbling sounds

Ringing in the ears

 

Sight:

Distorted, foggy, or blurred vision

Itchy, dry, or watery eyes

Hallucinating, or having fleeting glimpses of thing that are not there

Sensitivity to light

Seeing spots

Seeing flashing lights even when the eyes are closed

 

Mouth/Stomach:

Craving for sweets

Chocking or difficulty swallowing

Constipation or diarrhea

Having dry mouth

Feeling like your tongue is swollen

Frequent upset stomach, bloating, or gas

Lack of appetite

Nausea at the thought of eating

Tightness of the throat

 

Psychological:

Fear of going insane, losing control, or a fear of impending doom

Frequent feeling of being overwhelmed or unable to cope

Having difficulty concentrating

Racing thoughts

Obsessing about a particular sensation or improving a condition

A feeling that “the weight of the world is on your shoulders”

 

Emotions:

Dramatic mood swings

Frequently feelings of crying for no discernable reason

 

Mood:

Feeling Irritable or depressed

Feeling disconnected from reality or in a dreamlike state

Having a loss of interest in things

Feeling constantly under pressure

 

Sleep:

Insomnia or difficulty getting to sleep

Frequent disturbing dreams

Audible hallucinations that wake the sleeper

Waking in a panic

 

These are just some of the symptoms experienced by suffers of panic attacks and other anxiety disorders.  This is not an exhaustive list of symptoms that may be experienced.  Also, it is normal for people not experiencing from panic attacks to experience some of these symptoms depending on what is going on in their lives.  If you experience a number of these symptoms, be sure to talk to your doctor.

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