The terms “panic attack” and “anxiety attack” can be used interchangeably. Given that they display some of the same symptoms, this is understandable. However, these terms are used by mental health experts to refer to diseases with different symptoms and different characteristics.
Anxiety and panic attacks have some similarities, and both have both physical and emotional symptoms. Shortness of breath, fear, dizziness and strange thinking are some of the common symptoms.
A sudden surge of anxiety or restlessness with other physical and mental symptoms, known as a panic attack. Panic attacks are episodic and usually reach their height within a few minutes or hours. Although they can occur with other psychiatric conditions, panic episodes are primarily associated with an illness called panic disorder.
Common symptoms experienced during a panic attack are:
– sense of untruth
– Pain in chest
– fear of losing control
– excessive sweating
– fear of dying
– hot flashes, dizziness, feeling unsteady, dizzy or faint
– feeling isolated
– trembling or shaking
Unlike panic, anxiety usually worsens over time and is strongly associated with excessive worry about a potential threat, whether real or perceived. It can feel like an “attack” if anxiety about something intensifies and overwhelms you as a result of high levels of stress.
Anxiety is usually the result of a stressful situation, an unpleasant experience, or the perception of something negative happening. Sharp feelings of anxiety, fear, or pain that may increase gradually are typical symptoms of an anxiety attack.
Common symptoms experienced during an anxiety attack are:
– difficulty concentrating
– disturbed sleep
– increased heart rate
– Enhanced startle response
– muscle strain
A sense of calm and a reduction in future anxiety or panic episodes can be achieved by staying educated and getting help when necessary. You can experience them, but understanding how a panic attack differs from an anxiety attack will help you cope. Help is available, so you don’t have to let anxiety win you over.
(Disclaimer: The article is based on general information and is not a substitute for medical expert advice. Zee News does not confirm this.)