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How to Know If You’re Having a Severe Anxiety Attack

When you have finished reading this article, you will know about a severe anxiety attack. You will learn what symptoms you experience with an anxiety attack severe, as well as the drugs that are most often prescribed to treat this condition. So, be sure to read this article from this point to the end so you will have a good understanding of anxiety attack severe.

What is a severe anxiety attack?

If you are experiencing an anxiety attack severe, you are most likely suffering from panic attacks as there is no real diagnostic difference between severe anxiety attacks and panic attacks.

Severe anxiety attacks or panic attacks generally last less than 15 minutes. However they can be as short as two to five minutes.

The physical symptoms

If you have some or many of the following physical symptoms, it is most likely that you are experiencing severe anxiety or panic attacks.

-A sensation of adrenaline going through your entire body

-Sweating

-Shortness of breath

-Stomach problems

-Racing or pounding heartbeat or palpitations

-Chest pain

-Dizziness or vertigo

-Headache

-Lightheadedness

-Nausea / stomach pains

-Hyperventilation

-Choking or smothering sensations

-Hot or cold flashes

-Tingling or numbness in the hands, face, feet or mouth

-Feelings of “crawly,” “itchy,” or “tingly” skin sensations.

-Burning sensations

-Trembling or shaking

-Feeling of claustrophobia

-Feeling like the body is shutting down/dying

-Tremors in the legs/shaking legs/thighs

-Tingling spine

-Feeling like one is experiencing a heart attack

-Exhaustion

-Muscle spasms

-Feeling of physical weakness or limpness of the body

-Grinding teeth or tensing other muscles repeatedly or for prolonged periods of time

-Temporary blindness

-Sizzling/ringing in ears/head

The emotional and mental symptoms

The emotional symptoms of anxiety attack severe or panic attack are feeling tense and jumpy, feeling irritable, trouble concentrating, restlessness, feelings of dread or apprehension, and always looking out for signs of danger.

Typical mental symptoms of a severe anxiety or panic attack are the loss of the ability to react logically to stimuli, a loss of cognitive ability in general, racing thoughts (often based on fear) and irrational thoughts. Other mental symptoms of an anxiety attack severe or panic attack can be a loud internal dialog, feeling that nothing is real, a feeling of impending doom, a feeling of going “crazy,” and feeling out of control.

In other words, when these attacks can be just the worst thing that has ever happened to you.

How to treat anxiety attacks severe

If you are suffering from severe anxiety attacks or panic attacks, you need to see your family physician. This is because you will most likely need prescription medication, possibly in conjunction with therapy. The medications most often prescribed to help with anxiety include Xanax, Valium, Prozac, Zoloft and Elavil. The form of therapy that has proved to be most helpful to severe anxiety attacks sufferers is a combination of cognitive and behavioral therapy (CBT).

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