Sunday, 25 December 2011

What is an Anxiety Panic Attack?

An anxiety panic attack is characterized as a panic attack that is induced due to unnatural levels of anxiety.  This anxiety can be related to anything, the attacks are not just limited to major stressful events or concerns.  Anxiety over a party, a loved one, even anxiety over what clothes to wear can cause an anxiety panic attack.

One of the key features of an anxiety panic attack is the focus of the attack.  When a person experiences such panic, usually the panic has a central trigger.  For some people, who tend to experience chronic panic attacks, the trigger tends to be the same thing.  Agoraphobics, for instance, tend to have an anxiety panic attack anytime they travel beyond their safe distance, for some this can be just beyond their doorstep.


For most people the trigger for an anxiety panic attack will vary with the situation.  At times of extreme stress panic can trigger as the body’s natural reaction to the high levels of stress.  This is known as the fight or flight reaction, and is widely accepted as the main reason behind any panic attack.  When a person experiences an extremely stressful, or traumatic, event the body will react.  A release of chemicals into a person’s system will cause an extreme reaction to the situation. 

An anxiety panic attack occurs when the chemicals are triggered by a reactive stressor.  There is no need for it, but the body assumes there is some danger it must react to, this is a panic attack. An anxiety panic attack can be marked by many key factors.  Overwhelming feelings of fear and hopelessness are all signs of an attack.  Other signs include increased heart rate, sweating, tingling in the extremities, headaches, nausea, extreme emotional fluctuations. 


The list could go on for quite some time, as symptoms tend to be a mixed bag when concerning panic. However, any panic sufferer will attest to the immense feeling of anxiety that accompanies an anxiety panic attack; as if there is nothing in the world that can help you, unfortunately it is one of the major common symptoms that mark an attack.

The good thing about an anxiety panic attack, if it can be said there is one, is that in most cases they can be controlled. Exercise, controlled breathing, healthy diet, relaxation techniques, even just someone to be there and listen, all of these can help control panics.  For many the key is to find what causes the panic and reduce the effect that factor has on their life.

1 comment:

  1. I feel sorry for those who have had panic attacks. I have had an experience with a person which was having a panic attack. It was very scary.