Stress, Anxiety & Panic Attacks

Stress and anxiety are about as commonplace and ordinary as needing sleep. Stress and anxiety are natural human responses and necessary to living. In healthy levels, it is used to keep us out of danger, help us think rather than impulsively make decisions and to give energy to perform optimally. When stress and anxiety get too high, it can have the opposite effect of decreasing performance, feeling constricted by fear and physical symptoms and keep us from being able to focus on tasks. Some of the physical symptoms include:

  • Light-headedness or dizziness
  • Heart palpitations or racing heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath for seemingly no reason
  • Chest tightness/pressure
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Inability to sit still

Ways of coping need to be discovered and these can change throughout our life depending on stress factors, level of stress and what helps calm us physically, mentally and emotionally.

Panic Attacks

It is common when anxiety builds up or becomes overwhelming it can intensify into a panic attack, or also known as an anxiety attack This occurs when the typical symptoms of anxiety and stress become uncontrollable. Here are symptoms that individuals often feel in addition to typical anxiety symptoms during a panic attack.

  • Loss of control over own body
  • Fear of fainting
  • Fear of dying due to chest pain, breathing difficulties & tingling or numbness in hands, arms, legs or feet.
  • Fear of losing own mind
  • Sense of terror

Experiencing a panic attack is extremely terrifying and often afterwards one can feel a fear of another panic attack in the future. It is not uncommon to experience more than one, especially if circumstances have not changed. These can become manageable and even decrease or vanish with help from therapy. Suffering through these is not healthy nor ideal. Please get help today