Are you having an anxiety attack? Know the symptoms.
If you’re struggling in a toxic relationship or you’re dealing with a stressful situation, you might be experiencing anxiety attacks.
A lot of people don’t really understand anxiety attack symptoms – but knowledge is the first step to learning to resolve these issues.
Top 10 Warning Signs That You’re Having a Panic Attack: Anxiety Attack Symptoms
You’ve got to know what you’re up against if you’re going to figure out the answers, right? So let’s start by identifying the symptoms of an anxiety attack, which, according to HelpGuide.org, are as follows.
- Surge of overwhelming panic
- Feeling of losing control or going crazy
- Heart palpitations or chest pain
- Feeling like you’re going to pass out
- Trouble breathing or choking sensation
- Hot flashes or chills
- Trembling or shaking
- Nausea or stomach cramps
- Feeling detached or unreal
Did you know that anxiety attack symptoms can sometimes mimic physical problems?
It’s true! Every single one of us has experienced what it’s like to be anxious. From childhood where you may be feeling nervous about school to adulthood, feeling nervous about a change at work – anxiety is a normal part of every person’s life.
Worrying is a natural part of being human and you wouldn’t be normal if you didn’t worry at one time or another. But when wo
rry crosses a line and leaves you unable function throughout the day, then you could be having a problem with anxiety.
The feeling itself isn’t bad to have – in fact, it’s your mind’s way of trying to keep you safe. It’s sort of a primitive instinct, really.
Anxiety works to keep us out of trouble. Like when you’re out hiking in the woods and come across a bear, anxiety is caused over possibly being hurt by the bear.
That’s a healthy anxiety and one that can work for your benefit because it shows you that you need to run away from whatever danger is in front of you. See what I mean?
The emotion isn’t unhealthy when it comes as it’s needed to help us or when it appears in relation to a situation or event where a person would normally experience it. What makes it a problem is when anxiety begins to steal your normal. You find that you can’t function around other people and you can’t function during your day-to-day activities. You might feel like you can’t function at all.
The anxiety attack symptoms you should be aware of arrive as physical signs. Losing sleep, trouble falling asleep at night or if you’re able to go for days with no sleep is a sign of extreme anxiety. You might even feel tired, but no matter how much you want to sleep, you just can’t.
Another way this emotion shows up is found in the way the heart reacts. Anxiety causes the heart to pound like you’re very frightened or you’ve finished a long, hard run. You may begin to breathe faster in shorter, quicker breaths. Headaches that rebound or won’t go away are a sign that something’s going on, too. You might begin to shake or have periods where you feel dizzy.
Other symptoms include hyperventilating and panic that cloaks you with a heaviness you can’t shake. You might experience a sense of impending doom, even when you know nothing is going on externally to bring on that feeling.
The time lapse for an episode can vary from mere seconds to almost an hour. They may come and go several times throughout the day or you may have one on one day but nothing the next. There might not be a pattern at all to when you get the symptoms.
Anxiety attack symptoms can be very scary to go through, but they can be managed with the right tools you need to learn how to cope with the anxiety. Yes, it’s scary, but you don’t have to live in the fear. There is help available.
Angela Atkinson is a Certified Life Coach and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic relationships since 2006, Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own.
Atkinson offers trauma-informed coaching and has certifications in life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves.
Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded QueenBeeing.com Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy. In her life coaching practice, Atkinson’s clients enjoy her personalized approach that allows and encourages them to become the best possible versions of themselves and to succeed in doing what they love most. She offers individual and group coaching for victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse at NarcissisticAbuseRecovery.Online and NarcissismSupportCoach.com.