8 Common Symptoms of an Anxiety Attack

By Dana W. Talbott

It’s normal for everyone to experience anxiety, maybe even several times a day. But some people experience more than their fair share of anxiety and it takes over every aspect of their life. To determine if you have a problem with anxiety or you’ve been experiencing panic attacks, here are some symptoms you should look for:

  • Physical symptoms of an anxiety attack:
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations
  • Excessive sweating
  • Shaky hands and sweaty palms
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

If every time you have to go to the grocery store you’re suddenly plagued by a pounding heart and sweaty palms you may be experiencing a panic attack. Triggers vary from person to person. One woman I know had an attack every time her 5 year old daughter walked into the kitchen because the child climbed up on a chair one time and broke her arm when she fell off. The mother had an irrational fear that every time her daughter came into the kitchen she was going to get hurt.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you always stresses, worried or jumpy?
  • Do these feeling interfere with your family or work duties?
  • Do you constantly have fears which you know are irrational?
  • Do you sense danger around every corner?
  • Do you avoid certain activities because they make you nervous or anxious?

Anxiety attacks usually start over some minor incident and quickly grown to be all consuming. Once you experience your first attack then you’re constantly worried about when the next one will occur. And each time you have an attack it reinforces the negative behaviors even more. Therefore, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as you start to notice the symptoms of an anxiety attack.

Dana Talbott is a writer and researcher on anxiety attack symptoms. She provides honest reviews and free advice on the subject of treatment for anxiety and more. Check out her blog today!

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