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How To Have An Anxiety Attack
Panic attacks often: last 2 to 10 mins. Possible sx’s: severe anxiety/panic, chest tightness/pain, rapid or pounding heartbeat, areas of numbness or pins & needles type sensation, hot flashes or chills & ^ perspiration. There may be tickle sensation in stomach or nausea, feeling dizzy or faint & physical shaking. The person may fear that they are going crazy, are out of control or that they are about to die. There > ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more
Yes: A panic attack is time of intense fear that triggers physical reactions when there is no real danger. The physical reactions can include a sense of impending doom, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, rapid respirations, hot flashes, chills, gastrointestinal symptoms, headache, dizziness, weakness, difficulty swallowing. Rapid heartbeat can occur but it's not required ...Read more
Breathe: If you can find a quiet place - do so. Breath in slowly ; deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to. If you haven't been assessed for your panic/ anxiety - that would be prudent. Anxiety is no fun but it is treatable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
"Why' is too diffuse: Anxiety is in fact a normal response to threat. Problems come when we experience it w/out real physical threat. Interpreting emotional rejection as if an assault can be resisted w/ cbt. Meds can alter the balance of chemicals that flow thru our nervous system. I like techniques that teach how to evaluate reality more rationally and calmly. Cbt and ret really help - meditation and exercise do too. ...Read more
Often people don't: Often people don't know they are having an anxiety attack. They think they are having a heart attack or dying. When they go to an er no physical disorders are discovered. Once the physical possibilities are ruled out, it is wise to see a psychologist and work on whatever may be leading to your anxiety. ...Read more
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