Anxiety attack symptoms.
Let’s try to find some common anxiety attack symptoms. Fear that emerges during the anxiety attack appears in result of release of certain chemicals in the brain. Following the sudden fear the release of adrenaline comes that causes certain reactions on the part of the nervous system. This response prepares the body for an emergency activity, which leads to increase in a heart rate (tachycardia), respiration (hyperventilation), and sweating (which causes chills).
Hyperventilation reduces the levels of carbon dioxide in lungs and then in blood. This leads to blood pH spikes, which may cause such symptoms as dizziness, numbness or tingling sensation in limbs.
The complexity of anxiety attacks lies in that they bring a lot of discomfort, which seemingly cannot be related to anxiety attacks. Therefore, people start to fear that in addition to anxiety disorder they have other diseases. The specific symptoms of anxiety attacks include:
- The feeling of unreality, as if the signals from the outside world are late-coming and you look at everything through a haze.
- Increased blood pressure.
- The fainting feeling and distorted surrounding sounds.
- Difficulty in concentrating on the particular object.
- The fear of dying or going crazy. The feeling that you can lose control and cause harm to yourself or your loved ones.
- Rapid heartbeat.
- Sleep problems. The sharp high-frequency sound in the ears when you are falling asleep, sudden awakening with the feeling as if you are falling down. It “shakes you out of sleep” literally. Frightening pictures during sleep.
- The fear of swallowing food.
If you noticed the above anxiety attack symptoms in yourself, don’t worry. You are not mentally ill, schizophrenic or some kind of other psycho. These symptoms are observed in many people, suffering from anxiety attacks. If you have other symptoms on the background of panic disorder, you still have nothing to worry about. Panic attacks manifest themselves in different ways. Some are afraid of dying from a heart attack, while others lose their appetite; some are afraid of subway, or global catastrophes, while others find it hard to swallow…
Anxiety attacks enhance your hidden fears and phobias and form the new ones. What exactly it will be, – a fear of public transport, or living in a constant anxiety for your life – it depends on personal characteristics. If you noticed some unknown phobia due to anxiety disorder, don’t think that you have some kind of a unique case, which requires a special treatment. (Though it is strongly recommended to see a doctor and make sure that you don’t have other diseases). It does not matter what phobia do you have, it is important that it comes from anxiety disorder and requires a therapeutic approach.
An anxiety attack is like a parasite. And, like any other parasite, panic attacks feed upon your energy, emotions and fears. It’s like a loop system, which is a key point in understanding the nature of panic attacks and getting rid of them!