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What is the difference between a panic attack and an anxiety attack?

What is the difference between a panic attack and an anxiety attack?

One in the same: There is no difference. Some people say looeyville; others say luhvillle. In other words, a panic attack and an anxiety attack are literally the same thing. :). ...Read more

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Anxiety (Definition)

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


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Whats the difference between a panic attack and a anxiety attack?

Whats the difference between a panic attack and a anxiety attack?

Panic is anxiety: A panic attack is a sudden onset of anxiety with dizzziness, shortness of breath, fear and apprehension, depersonalization, sweating, palpitations, chest pain, etc. That can occur out of the blue or in a situation like a mall, crowd of people, etc. If you have these often and meet other criteria you may have panic disorder which is an anxiety disorder. ...Read more

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Panic attacks with the exact same symptoms of a heart attack, help?

Panic attacks with the exact same symptoms of a heart attack, help?

Get help: You did not provide enough information, do you have a diagnosis of panic attacks? If you are having persistent chest pain you should call 911 or have someone take you to the nearest emergency room. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a panic attack and a heart attack?

What is the difference between a panic attack and a heart attack?

Panic attacks: Panic attacks are psychologic reactions which can have symptoms which mimic those of heart attack. A real heart attack is caused by a heart blood vessel blocking off and damaging a part of the heart. Heart attack can be fatal. Panic attack usually isn't fatal but can be psychologically incapacitating. ...Read more

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How are an anxiety attack and a panic attack different?

How are an anxiety attack and a panic attack different?

Basically the same: The dsm (manuel used to diagnose psychiatric illnesses) uses the word panic attack to describe the acute (sudden) onset of extreme anxiety 'out of the blue'. It is part of the diagnosis of panic disorder. Anxiety attack would be a more general word used in conversation. Of note there is also a diagnosis called "generalized anxiety disorder" which describes low grade, daily worry and anxiety. ...Read more

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Is their difference between a anxiety attack and a panic attack? And can you have anxiety without feeling anxious?

Is their difference between a anxiety attack and a panic attack? And can you have anxiety without feeling anxious?

Panic attacks: Anxiety attacks and panic attacks are just two ways to label the same experience. In response to your second question, anxious feelings would generally accompany episodes of anxiety. One can reduce anxiety feelings with a good CBT therapist. Medications can help during episodes, but they do not provide a long term solution. Anxiety attacks are very common and they can be reduced and controlled. ...Read more

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How is a panic attack and a flashback different?

Panic attack andPTSD: In Panic attack, usually traumatic event is the experience of the attack. In Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with flashbacks , there is Actual Traumatic event- • Physical or sexual abuseDomestic Violence • Incest • Rape • witnessing a murder, • Death of a comrade in the war • Other events in the war • There can be more hyperarousal state in PTSD than Panic attack.. ...Read more

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Symptoms of a nervous break down and is this the same as a panic attack?

Symptoms of a nervous break down and is this the same as a panic attack?

Sometimes: "nervous breakdown" is not a medical term and the signs of a nervous breakdown can vary from one person to the next and depend on the underlying cause. Generally, it means that a person is no longer able to function normally. Someone who was having severe panic attacks could qualify as one example. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a panic attack and a seizure?

Seizure versus panic: Most panic attacks surface when a person is scared, starts holding their breath, become tearful, and frightened.What can you do? Start with taking deep breaths then the brain will have enough oxygen to do it's best to help you think clearly. I enjoy holding my breath in for 5 to 10 seconds and letting it out in 30 seconds. Seizues have more tightened muscles, including an "aura", and falling. ...Read more

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How do a panic attack and a anxiety attack differ?

Panic attacks are: Sudden, intense, usually brief anxiety attacks & may be mistaken for a heart attack or other life-threatening condition. If they reoccur unpredictably, they can be called panic disorder. Avoiding certain types of places associated with an attack is called agoraphobia. Anxiety can be milder, more predictable or more general, including chronic worry. Panic & anxiety attacks are often synonymous. ...Read more

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Is it possible agoraphobia and monophobia attack on the same time?

Is it possible agoraphobia and monophobia attack on the same time?

Yes: Yes, both can occur. Monophobia is fear of being alone. Agorophobia is fear of being in a situation from which one cannot escape, at it's worst fear of being away from home, in open places, in crowds. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between an Anxitey attack and a panic attack?

Is there a difference between an Anxitey attack and a panic attack?

Yes, how severe: The difference is one of degree of severity. Anxiety attacks are much more common, and be treated more easily. Panic attacks are much more severe, and are accompanied by breathing difficulties, agitation, and often feelings of impending doom or that one is dying. Both can be treated by cognitive behavioral psychotherapy with medication if needed. Both can have good outcomes. Good luck! ...Read more

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Do the physical symptoms of a hot flash and a panic attack differ?

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Do the physical symptoms of a hot flash and a panic attack differ?

Panic : In addition to hot flashes in panic attack, there are other physical symptoms during the attack, as well as feelings of impending doom & terror. ...Read more

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What amount stress and anxiety can the body take before it suffers from a heart attack or a stroke?

What amount stress and anxiety can the body take before it suffers from a heart attack or a stroke?

Stress, Anxiety, MIs: It is known that stress and anxiety can definitely increase your risk for heart attack and stroke. The body adapts to a certain amount of stress and anxiety. Even more dangerous than chronic stress and anxiety is a huge spike in one of these. Some people have more organ reserve than others, so that affects your risk, too. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a panic attack and hyperventilation?

Quite a bit: One may hyperventilate during a panic attack or one may have other signs such as sweating or elevated pulse. Hyperventilation can be voluntary whereas a panic attack does not lend itself to control. There are cognitive ways (a type of therapy) to prevent panic attacks and/or meds. A family doctor or a therapist can help with treatment. ...Read more

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What would a heart attack feel like in comparison with a panic attack?

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What would a heart attack feel like in comparison with a panic attack?

Can feel same...: unfortunately. Both can have chest pain, feeling short of breath, heart racing, scared, sweaty. You should get checked out in emergency room first. They can tell you if you are having heart attack. Since you are 24, likely it is panic attack, but please get checked out first. If you know it is a panic attack, then you can get treatment for that. ...Read more

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Is there a med that would help psychosis and panic attacks? Which ones?

See below: There are many meds that can help for decreasing psychoses including first and second generation antipsychotics. Medications used to treat panic disorder include SSRI and less frequently MAOI antidepressants. If a person needs treatment for acute panic attacks, a short term trial of a benzodiazepine is given to take as needed. Severe mania and depression can cause psychoses also. ...Read more

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I know that it is common to experience dizziness during a panic attack but is it possible for dizziness to be the FIRST symptom of a panic attack?

Yes: Breathing is often a factor in panic attacks. You are most likely breathing more with your chest (thoracic breathing) instead of from the diaphragm. Read up on diaphragm breathing, and label your breathing as you do it. For example rising and falling as your diaphragm moves. ...Read more

Panic (Definition)

Panic is a psychological and somatic state of anxiety usually involving extreme fear, characterized by symptoms such as shortness of breath, rapid pounding heartbeat, sometimes dizziness or light-headedness, tunnel vision, a sense of unreality, and a feeling of needing to escape from ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Panic Attack (Definition)

A type of anxiety disorder in which someone has repeated attacks of intense fear that something bad will ...Read more