Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Anxiety Panic Attack Symptoms Manifest in a Variety of Ways

Panic and anxiety attacks are defined as an onset of intense anxiety followed by excessive amount of fear and uneasiness and usually has the symptoms of palpitation, hyperventilation and sweating. Causes for panic attack can vary from person to person; it usually takes place in the proximity of public and open spaces. There is a sudden feeling of fear and apprehension; one feels as if there is no escape from the place or situation they are in. Stress plays an important role in panic attack and fear also plays an unconscious role too. Panic Attacks usually follow after a period of time which can be measured in days, weeks and even months. If panic attack is not treated, then it can lead to panic disorder, social phobia and agoraphobia. Usually the panic attack will cause people avoid certain places and situations.

Anxiety panic attack symptoms are comprised of a smothering sensation and sudden shortness of breath, a feeling that brings on a sense of helplessness because you feel intense pressure on your face and your chest, as if your body is dying for oxygen, but your breathing passages are being choked off. Additionally, an accelerated heart beat and heart palpitations, due to the anxiety felt by the person, causes the body to start releasing adrenalin which makes heart beat even more rapidly, a feeling that can definitely lead to uncomfortable chest pains. At other times, one may feel that their heartbeat has slowed as if their heart might even stop altogether, even though this scenario is more imagined than real. These types of chest pains, which is usually caused by muscle tension, is often confused with the symptoms of a heart attack.

With relaxation exercises one can ease the pain. Difficulty in swallowing is another common ailment during a panic attack. This condition is known as 'Globus Hystericus'. The muscles in the throat react in a similar manner to the muscles in the chest, when experiencing extreme forms of anxiety, they contract. It is not a harmful condition, just very unnerving. Another malady is the blanching or loss of skin color. This occurs because the blood rushes to the muscles due to the 'flight or fight' situation the person feels during severe panic attacks.

Other conditions that can be seen in anxiety panic attack symptoms is, sweating, shaking and shivering, neck and shoulder pain along with numbness in the face due to tension in the nerves and blood vessels, rapid gastric emptying, indigestion, constipation, constipation, diarrhea, sexual dysfunction, symptoms or urinary tact infection (but this is caused due to the medication given in case of such attacks), skin rashes, weakness in the arm and tingling in the arms and feet, where this is also another reaction to the 'flight or fight' situation.

The whole circulatory system, blood oxygen and carbon dioxide levels and muscle tension undergoes a change in order to prepare for the situation and tingling is caused by the high levels of carbon dioxide in the limbs. Electric shock feeling anywhere in the body, dry mouth, insomnia, nightmares, fear of losing control and sanity, depression and suicidal feelings, aggression, flu like symptoms such as weakness, sweat and pains, distorted vision, disturbed hearing also known as tinnitus, here one experiences whistling or screeching sounds in both ears.

In fact, there are many variations of symptoms caused by anxiety and panic attacks, so it's very much aids the treatment process to know what they are as they occur.

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