Anxiety Attacks and Panic Attacks

Panic attacks are horrible experiences. You can feel like you’re going crazy, “losing it,” feel nauseous, out of control, faint, dizzy, light headed, have tunnel vision, hyperventilate, have hot or cold flashes, your breathing can intensify to the point where you feel you’re having a heart attack or that you’re doing.

These kinds of panic attacks are different from anxiety in that they more episodic. They generally have a limited time frame.

Anxiety attacks are no less horrible to experience. They tend to be emotional states where you can’t easily identify the trigger. In the psychological literature anxiety is described as a normal reaction to stress, helping you to deal with life events.

For most people with PTSD, however, anxiety tends to become chronic, turning often to dread.

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2 Responses to “Anxiety Attacks and Panic Attacks”

  1. All right so I get frequent panic attacks/panic attacks and I choose typically, that if they are moderate, I can converse myself out of it. Has everyone at any time managed their anxiousness and panic by self discuss or reassurance? Does it actually improve?

    • Good question — one we all want to know. Yes, people do manage their anxiety and can over time learn to have less and less anxiety. Rarely is anxiety simply a physiological response. Usually there is a psychological undertone that has to be address in order for anxiety to not just be managed but actually healed. I write more about how this is done on my website: Both the Embodied Practices course and the Becoming Safely Attached course address this more directly.

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