Anxiety Attacks and Panic Attacks

Anxiety Attacks vs Panic Attacks – What Are The Differences?

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Anxiety Attacks and Panic Attacks have several differences that set them apart.

While there are some 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.

One thing both of these have in common is being diagnosed with having 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.

 

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

 

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.

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.

 

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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
  • numbness or tingling
  • 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 extreme anxiety or stress, but don’t necessarily need a trigger to occur.

Related: What It Feels Like To Have A Panic Attack

 

Key differences between anxiety attacks and panic attacks –

It’s important to understand what sets the two apart. After breaking down the typical symptoms of each, the key differences between the two are much more obvious.

They include:

  • fear of dying and/or losing control
  • heart palpitations, pounding heart
  • difficulty breathing
  • detachment from reality or self
  • trembling or shaking
  • sense of impending doom or danger

Another 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.

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 also 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.


 

Associated health risks

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. This is why it’s so important to seek help if you’re struggling with anxiety and stress.

 

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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.

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.

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

~ Jess

 

 

 

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