Even though panic attacks and anxiety attacks have the same root, they aren’t necessarily the same thing. It’s important for you to make the distinction by knowing the most common symptoms of a panic attack.
Common Symptoms of a Panic Attack
- pounding heart beat
- thinking you are choking
- chest pain
- feeling like you are loosing control of your being on earth, or dying
Your first panic attack will likely leave you bewildered, confused, or possibly at a physicians office. You will mentally search your body for clues of what just happened.
The symptoms of a panic attack usually begin manifesting seemingly “out of the blue”.
You’re not able to pin down any idea of what turned on a panic attack. That’s because your panic attacks are coming from deeper places within your subconscious than “general” (and I use that lightly) anxiety.
Anxiety attacks can often be traced to some outside stressor. Something going on that you can name.
When you are in the middle of an anxiety attack you may have heightened feelings of fear, and apprehension. It could feel like extreme worry that something is going out of your control.
You have an idea that if you could stop something from happening the anxiety would go away.
Panic attacks are much more brutal and intense, striking when you are completely unaware, at the most inopportune times.
There is a lot of conflicting information about whether panic attacks and anxiety and depression all fit in the same mold? There are people who endure panic and don’t seem to suffer with GAD or depression.
If you do suffer with depression, you may relate to this article about winter depression and what to do about it.
The Symptoms Of Panic Attacks Are Different
A panic attack doesn’t have an identifiable aggravater. You won’t know what provoked it, and you can’t predict it’s arrival, or it’s conclusion.
The most alarming part of my own panic attacks were the sensation that I was in the very process of dying.
You can’t keep from mentally checking your body for exactly why you are about to die, and as you do, you will be sort of agreeing with your brain that something is going on.
This agreement actually brings on more and heightens the symptoms.
How Long Can Symptoms Of A Panic Attack Last?
Sometimes I would be caught up in the symptoms of a full blown panic attack for an hour or more. I know now that when they first starting coming I was so terrorized that the fear was turning on more panic.
The symptoms would seem to last forever because they were actually feeding on themselves.
The more I panicked, the more my subconscious realized that it had been right after all, I was dying. The more I agreed with the symptoms, the more real the symptoms appeared.
Some times the symptoms of a panic attack can go on all day, fear building upon fear.
What Are The First Signs Of A Panic Attack
The first signs of a panic attack varies from one person to the next, but I think most would agree that the signs don’t seem to come slow enough for you to actually predict what is happening to you.
It took many attacks to recognize what was happening. Until you endure several, or start learning how to control panic attacks, you will find yourself suddenly consumed with the symptoms at once.
I thinks it’s this surprise element that makes panic attacks so forceful. When they come, you naturally want to figure out how to fight off the symptoms, which calls more symptoms to come.
Your brain thinks it’s rescuing you from some attacker. But, you can learn to teach your brain that the symptoms themselves are the attacks.
The first signs of almost every panic attack I had was being completely overcome with a sensation that I was dying, leaving this earth for someplace else.
If chest pains would have manifested, I would have assumed I was having a heart attack. Because I could never feel any pain, I always wondered if I was having a stroke?
When all of the symptoms were gone, I would be fatigued, and looking for some sign of how I had lived through it.
What To Do During Symptoms Of A Panic Attack?
The reason these things are called panic attacks is because they overcome you with panic and it’s difficult for most people to know what to do during the onslaught of symptoms.
Until you have learned how to cure panic attacks, your natural impulse will be to mentally search for something to fight off.
What is causing this to happen to me right now, right this moment?
You find yourself being completely consumed with all of the symptoms that seem to be manifesting in your body.
Because you may feel like you are going to die, lose control, or have a stroke or heart attack the tendency is to respond with more fear and terror.
Something has to occur within your own self that allows you to stop the terror, and take a conscious look at what is really going on with you at the moment.
How To Stop Having Panic Attacks
In almost all cases these attacks can be stopped. Stopped from coming in the first place.
You can take medication, which is usually the first line of defense from any physician. The problem with medication for anxiety and panic attacks is that they can not possibly cure the problem.
In fact, they rarely stop the attacks, they merely mask them so that you know they are there, but don’t particularly care. You don’t care because you are drugged.
How To Stop Panic Attacks Naturally
Once you start down the trail of stopping your panicking naturally, the first thing you learn to do is to be very aware of your own body and mind.
With awareness comes the ability to realize that a panic attack in no way threatens your life. Coming to that conclusion during the attack, allows you to be aware of where the symptoms are attempting to manifest in your body.
Now you can immediately begin to search your body for how the symptoms feel?
The Timeless Secret To All Anxiety and Panic attacks
All of this is originating in your sub conscious mind. None of it is real! It’s almost as if it’s only imaginary?
Of course what is happening to your nervous system is not imaginary, but the causes are imaginary.
That’s why when you mentally pinpoint any one symptom and CONSCIOUSLY make an exerted effort to concentrate on it alone—to see how it feels——the symptom disappears.
Any one symptom of any anxiety attack or panic attack can not endure you concentrating on it alone. You must not read more and more, and disagree.
You can only know if this works for you through personal experience. It works, and the more you work it, the quicker they will disappear, until they simply get tired of showing up!
Merely re focus your attention onto one symptom and only one until it is gone, then chose another, or the same one when it magically re appears.
Stop allowing the symptoms of a panic attack to steal your life, and learn how to defeat them yourself.