Anxiety Attack Symptoms: 14 Physical and Mental Signs

If you suffer from anxiety, you may have also experienced an anxiety attack.

Commonly known as a panic attack, an anxiety attack is when feelings of dread or anxiety become extreme and a person experiences a physical reaction and intense fear. The physical symptoms are so strong that people believe they are having a heart attack or are dying, often causing them to seek help at an emergency room. Knowing what an anxiety attack looks like before it happens can help you recognize the attack, seek the proper treatment and equip you with the knowledge to prevent anxiety attacks in the future. Read more

The Best Breathing Exercises for Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Your heart pounds. You can’t quite catch your breath. You’ve got butterflies in your stomach. You want to cry or run or curl up in a little ball. You can’t calm yourself down and, worst of all, you’re not sure why you’re upset in the first place.

Though you may feel trapped and alone, you aren’t. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, over 18 percent of U.S. citizens 18 and older suffer from this extremely common mental illness. There are breathing exercises for anxiety that can help you deal with oncoming attacks. Read more

What Does Anxiety Feel Like?

Over the last few years, a big push for mental health awareness has allowed for anxiety and anxiety disorders to come into the limelight. As the stigma around anxiety and mental health is slowly being chipped away, more and more people are realising that the anxiety that they are living can perhaps be prevented or treated, and that the toll that anxiety takes does not have to be a permanent fixture in their lives.

Indeed, one New York times article from 2016 noted in that in the past eight years, Google search rates for anxiety have more than doubled, and that 2016 saw the most searches out of any year in the past decade.

And yet, the mainstreaming of anxiety has also fostered an environment of misinformation, or at least, has failed to facilitate a fostering of in-depth understanding of what anxiety is and what it feels like to different individuals, the many forms that it may assume, and what can be done about it. This blog seeks to elucidate some of the most pertinent of these questions, namely, what does anxiety really feel like, how do different anxiety disorders differ from one another, and what can be done about it? Read more

How to Stay Calm and Prevent Anxiety From Taking Over

There are thousands of things to worry about every day. It’s easy to get caught up in the stresses of the day and let them build up until you have an anxiety attack. Going around in a constant state of anxiety can prevent you from taking part in your life.

Instead of waiting until you have an anxiety attack, there are many techniques you can use to manage your anxiety and prevent it from getting out of hand.

The best thing you can do is practice mindfulness and incorporate calmness into all parts of your life. After all, it’s much easier to prevent anxiety attacks from happening than it is to calm down from them.

Here are some techniques that will help you stay calm when you incorporate them into your daily routine. Read more

How Do I Care for Myself After an Anxiety Attack?

Those who suffer from anxiety attacks can experience them at any time and in any place. Maybe you’re on the bus trying to get home after a long day of work when your chest tightens and your breathing speeds up. Perhaps you’re taking time to visit family when your throat clenches and you start to shake. When you’re in the middle of this period of high anxiety, it’s hard to think about anything else. Your instinct is to run away, so that no one will think poorly of you. Maybe you want to go somewhere and hide until the symptoms start to fade. Read more

How to Help Someone Suffering from Anxiety

Humans have a natural desire to want to help family members or loved ones who are going through a difficult time. You may be in one such situation with a friend who has anxiety, depression, or another mental health issue. There are some definite ways that you can be very supportive and helpful, but first, a caveat. Your natural inclination to reassure them and provide every possible assistance may not always be the right course of action. You might end up doing more harm than good with constant reassurances and never-ending offers of help. Even worse, when all this well-meaning support doesn’t produce any positive results, you might become frustrated and worn out.

Therefore, this article is a balanced discussion of some tactics which can be helpful to a friend or loved one suffering from an anxiety disorder, without reaching that point of diminishing return.

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What is an anxiety disorder?

People with anxiety disorders frequently experience panic, fear, and other physical and mental symptoms as responses to certain situations. Some of the physical symptoms of anxiety attacks can be nearly indistinguishable from serious physical ailments like heart attacks.

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