Recognize the signs and symptoms of anxiety attacks
It’s a simple fact of life, everyone worries, has concerns, gets nervous and feels certain fears (anxiety), experiences and apprehensions at some point in their lives. Often one or more of these emotions happens on a daily basis.
Did you know that to a certain degree, anxiousness is actually healthy, because it enables the body to react to certain stimuli and causes us to take action and perform better?
As long as the feeling is relative to the situation or problem athand, it is perfectly normal.
However, when anxiety gets severe, chronic and irrational, you might already have an anxiety disorder and experience episodes of anxiety attacks.
Common symptoms include of an anxiety attack are:
The fear of going crazy
Sometimes when a person is under tremendous pressure they may feel as if they are going crazy. This is even more evident during time of an anxiety attack.
If this has ever happened to you I want to assure you that there is very little possibility that you are really going crazy. It is far more likely that you are not going crazy and it is only a symptom that you are experiencing.
How can I be so sure?
Because going crazy is not a conscious act and people who are suffering from mental illnesses don’t even know that they have one. Again, if you are experiencing excessive fear or irrational
thoughts, you are not going crazy.
This is another common symptom and is a natural occurrence during and anxiety attack. To counter dry mouth just sip on water or try a piece of hard candy to stimulate the production of saliva.
Shaking and shivering
These are two necessary functions that your body uses to keep your temperature normal. When body temperature drops from normal, the muscles spasmodically contract, creating friction between muscles and body tissues, so increasing the body temperature. throughout anxiety attacks, shaking and shivering is normal.
These are also common during an attack. You may feel like your heart is missing beats. This is caused by the release of adrenaline into the bloodstream. This is perfectly normal and can’t cause damage to your physical well being. However, it can cause discomfort and lead to more severe symptoms if you don’t learn how to control your attacks.
Feeling pain in your neck, shoulders, jaw, mouth and stomach, as well as having a headache is also common. When the body is under stress, parts of the body usually get tense, which results in pain. Do your best to try and relax if this occurs.
This is a normal body reaction to an anxiety attack because of muscle tension. Sometimes, chest pain is misinterpreted as a heart attack, but it is important to identify from one another as the latter can be deadly.
Shortness of breath
This is the most distressing symptom of anxiety attack. It feels like your chest can’t expand to take in the necessary air that your body needs. If you experience this there are three important points that you should remind yourself of and that is that you will not suffocate, stop breathing or pass out. This is a temporary symptom of your anxiety attack.
This symptom of an attack alters the manner you expertise yourself and the manner you see reality. It causes you to feel like everything around you may be a dream, foggy or unreal.
While recognizing the signs and symptoms of anxiety doesn’t require you to understand the workings of the human body, what it does require is awareness on each of the symptoms and the effects that they may have when they are ignored.
Please be aware that different people manifest different symptoms and behaviors when experiencing an anxiety attack. The intensity of the symptoms differs as well and may appear
different with every attack.
If you experience effects that last well after the attack has passed it is important to consult a health professional, so that you can be sure that there aren’t any other underlying conditions that you should be aware of.
Understanding anxiety is the beginning towards controlling the impact that it’s on your life, thus do your best to learn everything you can about how it will affect you.