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Anxiety Attacks vs Panic Attacks – What Are The Differences?

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There are some distinct key differences between anxiety attacks and panic attacks –

 

Anxiety attacks aren’t fun in any way, and they can eventually escalate into having a full blown panic attack. Panic attacks are a nightmare, they take a huge physical and mental toll on you. They can become so severe, you require a trip to the hospital.

 

They include:

  • fear of dying and/or losing control
  • heart palpitations, pounding heart
  • difficulty breathing – hyperventilating
  • detachment from reality or self
  • trembling or shaking
  • sense of impending doom or danger
  • hypoxia due to hyperventilating/lack of oxygen

 

While there are similarities between anxiety attacks and panic attacks, there are some key differences that set the two apart. I’m going to go over these differences, as I feel it’s important to recognize what you’re feeling. When you’re able to better understand what it is you’re feeling, you can learn to better manage it.

An obvious difference is the onset. Anxiety attacks usually come on gradually, and can last days or weeks, while panic attacks come on quickly and suddenly – usually without much warning, and typically resolve within an hour. If severe enough, you may require a trip to the emergency room.

Let’s go over the symptoms associated with both anxiety attacks and panic attacks, then isolate the unique differences between the two. By doing this, it will help you understand exactly what makes them different. It will also help you to see why the two can be so easily confused.

 

Anxiety attack symptoms –

You may experience some or all of these symptoms.

  • nervousness and worry
  • tension and irritability
  • fear
  • trouble sitting still
  • increased heart rate
  • chest tightness or pain
  • chills or hot flashes
  • sweating, shortness of breath
  • numbness or tingling
  • upset stomach or knots in stomach
  • feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • headache

These symptoms usually come on gradually, and can last for days or weeks. They may also come and go.

 

Panic attack symptoms –

You will typically experience most, if not all, of these symptoms.

  • nervousness and worry
  • tension
  • fear
  • fear of dying and/or losing control
  • trouble sitting still
  • heart palpitations, pounding heart, accelerated heart rate
  • chest tightness or pain
  • chills or hot flashes
  • sweating, difficulty breathing
  • hyperventilating
  • numbness or tingling
  • hypoxia (in extreme cases)
  • upset stomach or knots in stomach
  • feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • headache
  • detachment from reality or self
  • trembling or shaking
  • sense of impending doom or danger

 

With panic attacks, these symptoms usually come on suddenly, without warning, and are very extreme. They may be triggered by situational anxiety or stress, but sometimes you may have no idea as to what the trigger actually was. They symptoms are also much more intense.

Both anxiety attacks and panic attacks can be very disruptive to your everyday life. They take a toll on your mental and physical well-being, and are very stressful. Fortunately, both anxiety attacks and panic attacks can be treated, with therapy and possibly medication, if needed.

There are several effective ways to treat anxiety symptoms naturally, such as CBD Oil and Gummies, Supplements, and creating new lifestyle habits. Many of these natural alternatives have proven to be surprisingly effective. Not only do they help, they can be safer than prescription treatments, with little to no side effects.


 

Anxiety Attacks and Panic Attacks can stem from a lack of coping skills and/or extended periods of stress or trauma as children, or a traumatic life event.

 

Coping skills are a learned behavior, taught to us at a very early age, typically by our parents or parental guardians. How they react to situations in life is what we will see, and ultimately adopt as our own. If poor or little coping skills are taught, it has an unfortunate effect on us.

Combined with a stress and trauma filled childhood or life experience, we become hypervigilant to our surroundings. We then react according to how well equipped we are on how to deal with stressful situations. It’s sort of a vicious cycle that never ends until we learn to break free from it.

One thing I don’t find in researching panic attacks is how hard it is to regain control. Once they start, it’s almost impossible to stop it. This is why it’s so important to work towards understanding them, either on your own, or with help from a counselor.

The sooner you can recognize them for what they are, the easier it will be to never have them again. Think of them as sort of a habit, it takes some time, but you can replace the “habit” with patience, determination, and the right tools.

If you take the time to understand what they are and how they manifest, you can learn to control and even stop them completely. I learned how to stop them, on my own, and I haven’t had one in more than 15 years. I taught myself how to never have a panic attack again.

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Learn about my first experience with coping with anxiety and depression.

 

The common thread between the two is a diagnosis of anxiety. Now, this doesn’t mean you’ll experience anxiety attacks or panic attacks, but it definitely increases your chances. Anxiety attacks are much more likely to occur.

In extreme cases of anxiety, you may also be diagnosed with having panic disorder. If this is the case, you are more likely to experience panic attacks. However, you don’t have to be diagnosed with panic disorder to have a panic attack. When you have a panic attack for the first time, you can develop a fear of having more attacks, which is when a diagnosis of panic disorder would be considered.

 

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Related: What It Feels Like To Have A Panic Attack

 

Associated health risks of untreated anxiety and panic attacks

It is so important to understand the serious amount of stress your body endures due to anxiety, stress and panic. Both anxiety attacks and panic attacks can take a toll on your body physically. Excessive worrying is not good for your mental health, or your physical health. Both have the potential to interfere with multiple aspects of your life. These can include:

  • Appetite
  • Sleep
  • Relationships
  • Lifestyle habits
  • Job performance
  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension
  • Premature heart problems
  • Digestive disorders
  • Lowers immune system

There are actually much greater risks associated with anxiety and panic, and these risks increase the longer they go untreated and unmanaged. Panic attacks are especially hard on your heart. The potential for developing heart disease is increased by 50% for those who experience panic attacks.

This is why it’s so important to seek help if you’re struggling with anxiety and stress. Panic attacks and anxiety attacks need to be taken seriously. Don’t let these go untreated! Whether you choose to ease your symptoms naturally, or seek help from a professional, the most important thing to do is take action!

 

Related: Gift Ideas For Anxiety

 

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By going over the symptoms of each, I hope this will help you to better understand both anxiety attacks and panic attacks. There are symptoms shared between both, but it’s important to note the differences that set the two apart. Panic attacks can be extremely scary for the person experiencing them.

If you struggle with either of these, it’s important to reach out and get help. It’s not necessary to suffer with either of these, there are things that can be done to help! There are also tons of natural ways to ease anxiety and depression symptoms you can try as well.

If you have questions, just need to talk, whatever – feel free to drop a comment below, or you can direct message me on Facebook through my page. I’m more than willing to chat, and share what has helped me learn to overcome panic attacks for good.

What it feels like to have a panic attack. 

“I know what it’s like to be afraid of your own mind.” – Dr.Reid/Criminal Minds

~ Jess


 

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7 thoughts on “Anxiety Attacks vs Panic Attacks – What Are The Differences?

  1. It’s comforting in some strange way to know that I’m not the only one who suffers from this and this info has given me a new perspective! Thank u so very much for putting this out there! God bless!

    1. I’m so glad it has helped you. That’s what made me share my experience. I had to. It’s also helped with letting go of the past & moving forward with my life, on my own terms!

  2. I would have panic attacks when I had viral fever or when there were certain depressing events in my life. I would feel like bending or breaking my body in certain weird ways and would also have suicidal inclinations. I would realize the approaching panic attack when my mind would switch reality of certain depressing events to something fake and worse(hallucination)
    So I would plug in and listen to the Quran on you tube which would Alhamdulillah calm me down
    Now I don’t suffer from these anymore
    Hope I could help.

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