It is normal to feel anxious when you are in a challenging situation. It may be a job interview or as simple as a blind date. In such cases, we know that we are about to face a trouble situation and the anxiety actually helps a lot to keep you balanced. Anxiety is nothing but the body as well as mind’s summed up reaction in facing a situation. It acts like an alarm system that goes off as soon as an adverse situation is faced. Things like higher heart rate, sweating, increase or decrease in blood pressure are pretty common. In this point of view, the feeling of anxiety is helpful in motivating a person to get out of the particular situation or simply keeps the person alert to face the upcoming situation.
On the other hand, when a person is overwhelmed with the feeling of anxiety, the positive aspects turns to be just the opposite. Being unable to control the level of anxiety, the person suffers from a panic attack. In case the symptoms become worse and long lasting, the person is most likely to fall the victim of anxiety disorder.
Speaking about panic attacks, it is important to look towards the basic symptoms of anxiety. The first group of symptoms is from the mental point of view.
Common Emotional Symptoms of Anxiety are:
- Finding it difficult to concentrate on a particular thing
- Apprehension towards the situation
- Feeling extremely tensed
- Expecting the worst from the situation
- Becoming alert to find out signs of danger
- Mind going blank
The second group includes physical symptoms as anxiety has a great impact on our body. It is the physical symptoms that make us believe that there must be something wrong in our body and ignore the proper treatment of mind. Actually, these physical symptoms are so common that it takes time to find out that they are happening just due to the stressful situation of the mind.
Common Physical Symptoms of Anxiety are:
- Uneasiness in stomach
- Diarrhoea and frequent urination
- Shortness of breath
- Increase in heart rate
- Tensed muscles
- Feeling extremely tired
- Unable to sleep at night
The ‘Anxiety Attack’ is also known as ‘Panic Attack’ and the situation is characterized by situation of extremely intense panic. These attacks occur very suddenly and thus, seem to be appearing out of the blue. Obviously, there is some immediate cause that triggers the situation. It can be as simple as viewing a road accident (even when the panicked person is not the victim). It takes approximately 10 minutes for the panic attack situation to reach its peak level and it does not last more than 30 minutes. In this short time span, the situation leaves an irreversible mark in the victim’s mind and thus, makes the person prone to such attacks in future.
The prime symptoms of panic attack are as follows:
- Overwhelming panic comes as the surge of waves
- Heart palpitation along with pain in chest
- Having a choking sensation
- Trembling uncontrollably
- Chills and hot flashes
- Stomach cramping and nausea
- Losing control
- Feeling like one is going to die
It is important to find professional help when the incidences of a panic attack become frequent as it is the indication of developing the generalized anxiety disorder.