What is anxiety?
Anxiety is defined as A state of anxiety, uncertainty, and fear resulting from the anticipation of a real or imagined event, situation, or circumstance which people believe could be threatening.
In other words, if we become concerned (fearful) that something could harm or endanger us somehow, this anxiety (panic) generates the state of being anxious.
The stress response is intended to give us an extra ‘boost’ of energy and awareness when we think we could be at risk.
The stress response causes a range of physiological, psychological, and emotional changes in the body that enhance the human body’s ability to deal with a perceived threat — to either fight or flee, that is the reason the stress response is frequently known as the’ fight or flight response.’
For instance, if you’re just slightly concerned, such as being slightly apprehensive about meeting someone new, the body produces a small degree stress reaction. The small degree of stress response can be so slight that you don’t even notice it.
If you are genuinely fearful, however, like being fearful that there is a burglar in your home that is going to hurt you, the body produces a high-level of a stress response.
We generally experience high-level stress responses as being stress attacks: where the fluctuations are so broad they get our full attention. The larger the level of stress and stress response, the more changes the body undergoes.
Low-level anxiety will produce a small fight or flight changes within the body. High-level anxiety will create the high-level fight or flight changes. Again, high-level fights or flight response changes are called stress attacks.
What causes anxiety attacks?
There are two main causes of anxiety attacks (panic attacks):
High degree anxiety
The most frequent reason for anxiety attacks believes you are in grave danger. Believing you’re in extreme risk triggers the body to make a high-level stress response.
A high degree of stress response can cause profound physiological, psychological, and emotional changes in the human body, which may be unnerving to the unsuspecting person.
And after these changes have been initiated, many anxious personalities respond to them with much more fear, which causes more stress reactions, which may cause more bodily, psychological, and emotional changes, and so on.
So, the most frequent reason for anxiety attacks is too anxious behavior (the ways we think and behave in too apprehensive ways)
2. Chronically elevated anxiety
When the body’s pressure is kept within a healthy selection, the body functions normally. And when we allow anxiety to build up with no relief, the body can cause an involuntary panic attack — an involuntary high degree stress response that wasn’t caused by behavior.
When we experience an impending high-level anxiety reaction, the sensations can be so thick that we believe we’re having a medical emergency, which anxious personalities can react to with more dread.
And once we become more afraid, the body will produce another stress response, which induces more adjustments, which we could respond to with more fear, etc.
You’re diagnosed as having Panic Attack Disorder when stress attacks interfere with a healthy lifestyle.
Anxiety attacks may feel awful, extreme, and frightening. Because they may be powerful encounters, it may look like stress attacks are out of our hands.
Those who encounter anxiety attacks quickly learn that they can be highly unpleasant encounters. Nevertheless, anxiety attacks and their symptoms could be successfully dealt with the ideal information, help, and support. No one needs to suffer needlessly.
Symptoms of an anxiety attack can include:
- A sense of overpowering fear
- The feeling of going crazy or losing control
- Feeling you’re in grave risk
- Feeling you might pass out
- A surge of despair and gloom
- An urgency to escape
- Heart Palpitations
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pressure or pain
- Turning pale
- Feeling detached from reality
- Weak in the knees
- Burning skin
- Pins and needles
- Cold and hot flushes
- Numbness and tingling sensations
What do anxiety attack symptoms feel like?
The above anxiety attack symptoms can be accompanied by:
- Depersonalization (feeling detached from reality, separate from oneself, separate from ordinary feelings)
- Detribalization (feeling nostalgic, at a dream-like state)
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, unsteadiness
- Emotional distress
- Emotional upset
- Inability to calm down yourself
- The knot in the stomach, tight tummy
- Panicky feeling
- Pounding, racing heart
- Butterflies in the stomach
- Sudden Impulse to go to the bathroom (urinates, defecate)
- Feel like crying
This list is not exhaustive. As you can see, there are lots of physical, psychological, and emotional signs and symptoms of stress attacks.
There is a long list of signs and symptoms of a stress attack. But because everybody is somewhat chemically particular, anxiety attacks may affect each differently. Consequently, anxiety attack symptoms can vary from person to person in type or kind, amount, intensity, duration, and frequency.
If your symptoms do not precisely match this list, that doesn’t mean you don’t have anxiety attacks. It just means your body is responding to them slightly differently.
For example, one person may experience only a few minor symptoms and signs of a stress attack, while another person could experience all of them and also to high severity. All combinations and variations are common.
As there are many medical conditions which can cause anxiety attack symptoms and signs, like the intense sensations and feelings associated with anxiety attacks, it is sensible to talk about them with your physician.
If your doctor has attributed your anxiety attacks to stress and anxiety, you can feel confident that your physician’s diagnosis is accurate. Stress attacks and their signs and symptoms, relatively easy to diagnose and are not easily confused with other medical conditions.