Anxiety And Tension

Symptoms of Anxiety Attack

Anxiety attack is a  sudden manifestation of acute anxiety in an individual who has been suffering from anxiety. All of us feel anxious at times. Some people find it difficult to handle anxiety and a sudden situation or catalyst may bring on a panic reaction known as an anxiety attack.

Medical research has established that anxiety attacks are caused by the amygdalae a pair of organs in the brain that that is responsible for formulating and storing memories of various emotions. In people who are prone to anxiety, the amygdalae respond by triggering an anxiety attack.

Symptoms of Anxiety

A person may show symptoms before an onset of an anxiety attack. The symptoms gradually develop to a level to which the person is not conditioned.

The anxiety attack symptoms are almost identical in all forms of anxiety, irrespective of what causes the anxiety. Examples of these symptoms are labored breathing, increased heart rate, shaking of the body, butterflies in the stomach, sudden violent reaction, chest pains, a pinching sensation, blurred vision, swooning and difficulty in swallowing.

Preventing an Anxiety Attack

Anxiety attacks can be prevented by recognizing the symptoms of anxiety and the causes behind the anxiety at an early stage.

Preventing anxiety in the early stages helps to reduce the severity of anxiety attacks or prevent them altogether. It is essential to seek help of a qualified psychiatrist in the event that a person is overly anxious about something.

In case a person has experienced an anxiety attack, behavioral modifications, medication and counseling may be used either individually or in combination to prevent further attacks.