Firstly, many people who experience anxiety attacks may notice many different symptoms, some more severe than others but in general, the following are to be considered as principal symptoms of anxiety attacks.
It is very important if you have not experienced these symptoms before, to ensure your doctor has ruled out any factors with your health that may be the root cause of your anxiety attacks.
During an anxiety attack, the physical and mental stress can feel horrendous, but the key to coping with an anxiety attack is to always remember that it will pass, the attack will peak and subside, although at that moment it can feel like the intensity of the will never pass.
So let’s get into the list of the top 7 symptoms of an anxiety attack:
- A crippling sense of fear
- A feeling that a catastrophe is about to happen
- A need to escape or avoid certain situations
- Shortness of breath and or chest pain
- Sweating or shaking
- Heart palpitations
- Thinking you may pass out
Not an exhaustive list
Yes, there are other symptoms related to anxiety attacks but the above seems to be the major players in many anxiety attack scenarios.
It’s easy to understand why symptoms can be so overwhelming and create a feeling of complete loss of control and inability to cope with simple, everyday tasks when presented with such strong and powerful mind and body sensations.
It’s now thought that people are much more likely to develop anxiety attacks if parents also suffered from the disorder, although these attacks are not only the work of genetics. Childhood traumatic events or significant stress-related factors also come into play and in turn can trigger the onset of anxiety related episodes.
Remembering that you are not alone is crucial when dealing with anxiety and anxiety attacks, it can be worthwhile to let friends and family know about your anxiety, not just your GP.
Loved ones are there to offer support or just having someone to listen and empathise with your issues can be very comforting and reassuring.
Always look to someone to confide in, somebody at the end of the phone to help through tough times really does help when trying to deal with anxiety, not to mention the usually stresses of life we have to cope with also.
Living and coping with anxiety attacks
Given the acute nature of anxiety attacks, it’s no wonder living and coping with life can be very hard, particularly for people who endure anxiety attacks regularly. The constant fear and worry around when the next attack may strike can be just as stressful and debilitating as the attacks themselves, for some they might be so fearful they think they are going to lose control, or even worse, die.
This is where avoidance can start to interfere with everyday life and the worry of environments that could trigger an onset of an attack can cause people to avoid going to the shops or busy places, seeing friends and family or even being left alone by themselves.
Again, this is why it is vitally important to ask for help and not have to try and go it alone when coping with anxiety and anxiety attacks.
The rise and fall of an anxiety attack
The duration and severity of an anxiety attack can vary from person to person but on average it is very rare indeed to see an anxiety attack last for more than 30 minutes.
They usually peak and ease by around the ten-minute mark, although when dealing with an episode, particularly publicly, this can seem like an eternity.
Stop them before they start
As you know, I am a big fan of using hypnosis to deal with all types of anxiety. Hypnosis provides a re-education process working within the fabric of your mind to bring about real, lasting change.
It is through this change work on your unconscious mind we can train your mind to understand what is a real danger against what irrational anxiety triggering fear is.
Having using many varied types of hypnosis and enjoying it so much that I trained myself in order to help others suffering find relief from mental health disorders and this brings me to the use of self-hypnosis.
The hypnotic world has increased in popularity due to its success treating issues that conventional medicine is not helping with by many users receiving awful side effects and becoming addicted to the meds themselves!
That being said I would like to bring to your attention the below ‘Panic Attack Program’ that can also help with anxiety. These self-hypnosis audios are produced to the highest level and multiple, professional, hypnotherapists are involved in the creation to ensure the best possible outcome for clients.
I cannot recommend these enough, they really are a staple here at Self Technology Solutions and the benefits I found from using many of these over the years has only provided positive long-lasting change.
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Self-help techniques during an attack
Trying to ease symptoms can be very difficult during an anxiety attack, but it’s not impossible, the best way to initially bring down levels of anxiety is to concentrate on your breathing, being consciously aware of your breathing immediately takes your mind off the anxiety and it gives you something else to concentrate on.
There are many breathing exercises and we’ll go into some of those in another post but the important thing to remember is that the attack will subside.
Another technique is to bring your attention to five things in the room and count them but in doing so describe each one to yourself in granular detail, the colour, the texture, what is it? what does it do? Again, this method brings your focus back into the real-time and tends to take your mind off of your symptoms.
These methods may sound simple, but they really can help when it feels like nothing else can, they can be a huge asset to your Self Technology arsenal.
I would also suggest reading my post on hemp oil for anxiety, it seems to be really helping people manage their anxiety attacks!
We hope you’ve found this post interesting and please let us know the best ways you’ve found to manage your anxiety and panic attacks.
Kris Neale, DIP I CPH
Licensed NLP Practitioner
Founder – Self Technology Solutions