Anxiety, Anxiety Attacks and Panic Attacks

The Ultimate Guide To Anxiety and Panic Attacks

The Ultimate guide to anxiety & panic attacks
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The A to Z of it all, from personal experience

I took everything I know (from my own experiences) and decided to put it all together in one place. I’m going to start off by explaining anxiety vs panic. I also talk about what it feels like to have a panic attack, and natural ways to treat the symptoms.

 

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.

Please make sure to read this through, as I also go over the serious health risks associated with anxiety, stress and panic attacks. In extreme cases of anxiety, you may also be diagnosed with having a panic disorder. If this is the case, you are more likely to experience panic attacks. You do not 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.

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. Most people diagnosed with some form of anxiety will experience anxiety attacks. A panic attack is a more extreme form of an anxiety attack.

 

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 even weeks. They may also come and go. Anxiety attacks can be extremely stressful, and can impact your day to day life.

 

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.

 

What makes anxiety attacks and panic attacks different –

Fear of dying and/or losing control, heart palpitations, pounding heart, difficulty breathing, detachment from reality or self, trembling or shaking, and a 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 hemp 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 –

It is so important to understand the serious amount of stress your body endures due to anxiety, stress and panic attacks. 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 many aspects of your life.

Just a few examples include:

Appetite, sleep, relationships, lifestyle habits, job performance, headaches, muscle tension, premature heart problems, digestive disorders, as well as a lower 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. 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.

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. You can get the symptoms under control with the right treatment.

 

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

 

 

What it actually feels like to have a panic attack, as best as I can put into words.

What does a panic attack feel like?

Imagine a moment in your life where you felt an extreme amount of fear. Take that extreme fear,
and combine it with feeling like you’re about to die – either from suffocation or a heart attack,
and you’re feeling every moment of all of these, and there’s nothing you can do about it. This is
pretty close to what it makes you feel like.

I don’t know how many people understand this, but panic attacks are no joke. What starts
happening to your body physically while having a panic attack is real. It takes a toll on your
body physically, as well as mentally. The rate of developing heart related diseases increases by
50% for those who have them.

When I had my very first panic attack, I didn’t know that’s what it was. I was 13 years old at the
time. I was just sitting in the living room watching T.V. It came on very quickly and suddenly. I
started to feel…weird. There was this feeling that started in my chest, and it started to spread to
the rest of my body. It started to become difficult to breathe. I told my mom something wasn’t
right, I didn’t feel right. It quickly escalated from there.

My mother wasn’t sure what was happening either, or what to do, so she called an ambulance.
While waiting for the ambulance, my symptoms became worse and worse. I was terrified, I
thought I was dying. I had never experienced anything like this before in my life.

The EMT’s arrived, and didn’t know what was happening either. They took my vitals, strapped
me to the gurney, and put me in the ambulance. My blood pressure suddenly dropped so low
they couldn’t find it, and the last thing I heard them say before I blacked out was, “We’re losing
her.”

 

Physical symptoms –

What was happening to my body:

I had hyperventilated to the point that my extremities were cramping and drawing up; it was extremely painful.

My heart was racing at 144 beats per minute, my ears started ringing so loudly I could barely
hear the EMT’s talking.

For a brief moment I felt disconnected from myself, and then my blood pressure plummeted,
causing me to black out.

As soon as we arrived at the ER, the Dr. on duty that night knew exactly what was happening
and gave me a valium. I started to feel better pretty quickly, but it still took about an hour for my
muscles to completely relax from their drawn up state.

He said it was the most severe panic attack he had ever seen.

It was one of the scariest things I’ve ever experienced in my life. I really don’t know what caused
it to happen that night. When I think back, I know there was a lot going on, and things were very
stressful and tense in my household. From what I’ve learned, panic attacks don’t necessarily have any specific trigger.

 

Living and learning

I started to learn what would trigger my anxiety, and how to gain control before my anxiety
turned into a full blown panic attack. It sucked, because every time I would start to feel the panic
rising, I was terrified I wouldn’t be able to get it under control.

Additionally, I learned panic attacks are often associated with panic disorder. If you have had
two or more panic attacks, and constantly fear having another one, you may be diagnosed with
having panic disorder. This is also associated with having anxiety.

I noticed I would feel this way when I was really stressed, or had a lot going on in my life.
Sometimes my feelings of anxiety would start to rise when I was driving, which was very scary.
I was afraid I’d have a panic attack while driving.

Calling someone as soon as I felt the panic setting in helped a lot. I would have them stay on the phone and talk to me about anything and everything to keep my mind off of it until I was able to calm down.

I came close to having panic attacks quite a few times after that. Fortunately, I was able to get
them under control for the most part. I had one other full blown panic attack, five years after the
first one. This one happened while I was at work, I was 18 at the time. It had a huge impact on
me, because it happened in front of all of my co-workers. I felt humiliated and embarrassed. I
had to be taken to the emergency room by ambulance, in front of everyone.

I was put on the stretcher, and wheeled out of my workplace. I’ll never forget it. It was so awful
having everyone witness this. After this incident, I worked even harder to prevent it from ever
happening again. It took several years of practice, but eventually I gained control. I haven’t had a panic attack since the last one at 18.

 

The ultimate guide to anxiety and panic attacks

 

 

You can get better.

I’m sharing my experience to show you if you want it bad enough, and work hard, you can get
your panic attacks under control. It will take time, and it’s not easy, but it can be done. I’m
hoping this will give you hope in knowing that it is possible.

Having a panic attack is horrible. It’s scary, and it takes a toll on both your mental and physical
health and well being. It’s so important to work on learning what your triggers are, and what you
can do to calm yourself when you feel your anxiety rising.

Don’t allow anxiety and panic rule your life. Reach out to a counselor or therapist, but don’t just
rely on medicine to help. It’s important to learn coping skills and techniques so when things do
happen, you will be able to better react and handle the situation. Medicine alone is not the
answer.

If I could choose three things that helped me the most with getting my anxiety and panic under
control, they would be:

Everyone is different, and each circumstance is different. It’s important to find what works for
you. You may have to experiment and try multiple combinations of techniques before you find
what works best for you.

 

 

Natural ways to treat anxiety and panic –

There are some things you can try to ease your anxiety and help you relax, aside from
prescription medication. These have worked wonders for me, and have helped in so many ways. They have helped me to change my life.

Made by Hemp’s CBD oil CALM collection – CBD works with our body’s own CB1 receptors
by activating them, which protects against the adverse effects of chronic stress. This is what
often leads to developing anxiety.

The Mindfulness Workbook for Anxiety – This is an amazing 8 week program that teaches you
how to use mindfulness to focus on the root cause of your anxiety. By using day-by-day
guidance and simple activities, you learn to both manage and decrease your anxiety.

Dream Zone Sound Machine – I absolutely LOVE my sound machine, and I’m so glad I decided
to get one. I have suffered with extreme bouts of insomnia my entire life, and this has helped me not only get to sleep faster, it also relaxes both my mind and body.

Changing your diet, watching what you eat, and exercise are also really important. Essential oils
are another option. They can be used in diffusers as aromatherapy, and they can also be used
topically.

I put together an awesome list of tips and ideas, foods, vitamins, and essential oils that are all effective ways to help with treating the symptoms of both anxiety and depression. Combining these will have the greatest results.

None of these are a replacement for reaching out and seeking help from a professional, especially if your symptoms are severe. Finding a good counselor to help guide you and provide you the support you need can be life changing.

Find out what I did to stop panic attacks for good

I also learned a lot about how raising your vibration can help when you’re feeling anxious and depressed. I still practice these techniques, and they have had an amazing impact on my mental health. The power of the mind truly is awesome.

“The mind is everything. What you think, you become.” – Buddha

~ Jess

 


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