The Signs of an Anxiety Attack

When you feel like an anxiety attack is coming on, it’s important for you to be able to not only recognize it, but know what to do about it. Yet, if you have experienced anxiety attacks before, then you may not know what to look out for. In this blog post, we’re going to run through the key bits of information you need to know.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is what you may experience within your body when you’re worried about something. It can be the way that your body naturally responds to stress. For some of us, this can be something that lasts for a few minutes to a few hours, like before a test or job interview. Yet for others, it can last for months.

What is an Anxiety Attack?

When we refer to an anxiety attack, we’re referring to a period in which the anxiety heightens and affects us physically. This can be something that comes on gradually and lasts for hours, days, or even weeks or months.

The Signs of an Anxiety Attack

There are often physical signs that can indicate that you’re having an anxiety attack. While they tend to come on quite gradually rather than a quick surge of fear or terror that happens in a panic attack, they can last for quite some time. This often manifests in the form of an uneasy or unsettled feeling that makes you feel restless.

Key Symptoms

When you want to be able to identify an anxiety attack, you can look out for key physical symptoms such as a rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, tightness or pain in the chest, dizziness, fatigue, and sweating. Overall, a general feeling of irritability may consume you too. 

However, it is important to note that not all anxiety attacks will feel the same and you may have just one symptom or several. They may change over time too. So it may be best to consult your doctor for support here.

The Effects of Having One

Now, it’s also important for you to be thinking about what lasting effects this can have on you. Not only does anxiety put stress on the body, but you will find that it can impact your quality of life too. If you are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, you may find that it can stop you from doing things you love in life. It’s for this reason that you’re going to want to make sure that you can seek treatment to help you overcome the anxiety attacks and regain control of your life.

Reach Out to us Today for Support

If you think you may have been experiencing anxiety attacks or you know someone that has, you can reach out to us today to get support. Contact us and we can talk you through the options we have available.

Medical Disclaimer: Peaks Recovery Centers uses fact-based content about recovery treatment, addiction medicine, and behavioral health conditions to improve the quality of life for those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction or mental health disorders. This information is not intended to replace professional medical guidance, diagnosis, care, or treatment. This information should not be used as a substitute for advice from a qualified healthcare provider and/or your physician.