Anxiety or Panic attack most of the times comes all of a sudden, and the duration of the signs or symptoms doesn’t last long (about a few minutes). An anxiety attack is caused by the high secretion of the hormone adrenaline in the body which the brain sends into the bloodstream.  An anxiety attack occurs when the stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system is exaggerated.

The symptoms of an anxiety attack are often triggered by obvious things like going for a job interview or when giving a public lecture. And other times, the anxiety attack symptoms come without a warning, you just start feeling that something is wrong.

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The most common symptoms of an anxiety attack

  • Sweating
  • Blood pressure rise
  • Hyperventilation
  • Heavy heartbeat or heart palpitations
  • Pulsating or nagging chest pain
  • Shaking and trembling
  • Overwhelming strike of panic
  • Troubled breathing and choking sensation
  • Nausea and/or stomach cramps
  • Dizziness and feeling faint
  • Numbness, especially in the feet and hands
  • Feeling detached and unreal
  • Fearing you’re dying

During an anxiety attack or panic attack, most of the above symptoms roll in one after another and sometimes they all occur at once. These symptoms can last for some few seconds to a maximum of about 30 minutes. Though, on the average, the symptoms only last for about ten minutes.

All the above symptoms are the normal response of the sympathetic nervous system when one is really facing some danger. But it becomes abnormal when there’s no danger and there’s nothing to describe the symptoms.

How to cope with an anxiety attack

  • Focus on your breathing
  • Do a simple stretch
  • Drink a glass of ice cold water
  • Start moving and
  • Face the reality




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