Anxiety attacks symptoms
Anxiety attacks symptoms are caused by the physical changes that happen as your body prepares itself to identify and address a threat. That threat could be something external, like a man with a gun, or it could be something internal like a sensation that causes you to believe that you are ill in some way.
Anxiety attacks are the extreme manifestation of high anxiety. When levels of stress hormones like adrenalin become heightened and is not ‘used up’ by fighting or fleeing from a REAL threat, the mind activates an anxiety attack, often also called a panic attack, in order to use adrenalin up and return bodily systems to normal operation.
What are the most experienced symptoms of anxiety attacks?
Because we all individuals, what one person might experience during an anxiety attack isn’t necessarily what another might.
As a ‘rule of thumb’, the following symptoms are the most likely to be experienced during an anxiety attack.
- Racing heart and/or palpitations
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling faint
- Digestive upset
- Nausea, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea
- Weak legs
- Butterflies in stomach
- Tingling in limbs
- Chest pain
- Neck/shoulder pain
- Facial numbness
- Lump in throat (globus hystericus)
- Racing thoughts
- Obsessive thoughts
- Morbid thoughts
- Unable to focus
- Depersonalization and derealization
These symptoms are no different to those experienced during any physical exertion and even other emotional responses. Happines, for example, can create a range of symptoms that could, under other circumstances become misread as ‘threatening’. It isn’t unusual to cry, for your stomach and ribs to ache, to experience muscle tension and to feel short of breath whilst laughing for example but these ‘symptoms’ are presumed to be unthreatening and accepted as the necessary ‘pains’ of joy.
Anxiety disorders and the symptoms they cause are all part and parcel of the emotion of fear, nothing more. It stands to reason that like all emotions, fear can also be turned off.
Anxiety attacks are the body’s mechanism for dealing with excess adrenalin and when the anxiety disorder is eliminated at its core, none of these symptoms and thoughts return. Anxiety elmination is a simple process that requires little more than structured and supportive guidance in order to instruct the brain to ‘switch fear off’.