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What is an Anxiety Disorder Panic Attack?


An anxiety disorder panic attack can change your life and the way you live it forever because of the way panic and anxiety simply "take over" the body. This brief article will take a closer look at the anxiety disorder panic attack and what effect it has on our lives, how we can handle it, and what it means in the long term.

What is the difference between anxiety and panic?

Although panic attacks commonly occur in all the different types of anxiety disorders, there is a distinct difference between anxiety and panic. The difference lies in the duration and intensity of the symptoms. Panic attacks are episodes of intense fear that last only a short while. On the other hand, anxiety comes on more gradually, is less intense, and lasts longer

Who gets panic attacks?

At least 1 in 10 people have occasional panic attacks. The tend to occur most in young adults. Twice as many women than men have panic attacks. Anyone can have a panic attack, but they also tend to run in some families.

What causes panic attacks?

Panic attacks usually occur for no apparent reason. The cause is not clear. Stressful life events such as a bereavement may sometimes trigger a panic attack.

What is an anxiety attack?

Anxiety attacks, also called panic attacks , are unexpected episodes of intense terror or fear. Anxiety attacks usually come without warning, and although the fear is generally irrational, the perceived danger is very real. A person experiencing an anxiety attack will often feel as if they are about to die or pass out.

Symptoms of an anxiety attack include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Palpitations or pounding heart
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or stomach distress
  • Fear of losing control or going crazy
  • Hot or cold flashes

Disclaimer: This site is for educational purposes only. The information provided should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. If you have, or suspect you have a health problem, you should consult your health care provider.