Anxiety Attacks – Nip it in the Bud

Posted on Healthcare By DoctorUna - Published on 2019-02-07

Do you experience an uneasy feeling that causes butterflies in your tummy? Does stress make you react violently? Is your aggression getting out of control? Perhaps, you are suffering from an anxiety attack.

Anxiety attack disorder is defined as a continuous persistent worry with symptoms that include getting hyper over little things, being restless and cranky, feeling tired for no reason or undergoing a state of hyper-vigilance, to name a few. Anxiety attacks are also known as panic attacks in some cases (example: stressful reactions to any situation or experiencing unnatural fear of something).

Stopping an anxiety attack

Preventing anxiety attack is easy if you know how to control and stop those episodes. Many people struggle with anxiety feelings without actually understanding them. It is always a relief to know that you are not alone, millions of people suffer from anxiety attack disorder worldwide. You can find numerous anxiety attack help and support groups or therapy centres through online sources. Some people experience short episodes of acute anxiety at regular intervals while others suffer from one or more types of anxiety attacks frequently. These attacks can turn deadly when they start to interfere with your normal everyday activities. The condition slowly starts to overwhelm you, pulling you into a panic mode.

Easy tips on how to stop an anxiety attack:

  • Try to calm yourself by repeating that there is nothing much to worry
  • Take things lightly and try not to stress over problems
  • Relax and practise diaphragmatic breathing exercise
  • Relax your mind and body, shut out the stress
  • Go out for leisurely long walks
  • Listen to soothing or melodious music
  • Attend a yoga class or meditate daily at-least for ten minutes daily
  • Blend with nature, take a stroll in a garden and bask in the beautiful natural surroundings
  • Just remember that stress and anxiety do not have a death hold over you, they are mere strong reactions to constant worry or fear
  • Try to contain your worry, get external support through anxiety therapy and counselling

Anxiety Attack Versus Panic Attack

The main difference between the two is that a panic attack is sudden and extreme, whereas an anxiety attack builds up gradually. Medical professionals who have been treating mental health issues have written a journal handbook known as 'Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th Edition) or DSM 5. The fine subtle differences are clearly outlined in this informative book.

A panic attack is an explosive or sudden feeling depicting fear, anxiousness, terror or dread. The symptoms border on extremity and cause disturbances in your daily lifestyle. It occurs suddenly out of the blue without an apparent trigger. Some panic reactions are caused by a type of stress called phobia.

On the other hand, an anxiety attack intensifies very slowly. It builds up over a period of time and is generally associated with feeling stressed about something (real or imaginary). The anticipation escalates and reaches a peak level where it feels overwhelming and attacks the person.

Panic Attack Treatment

Physicians help treat panic attacks in many ways. Some doctors set up appointments with psychologists, therapists along with oral medications. Such attacks need time and effort to bring out positive results. Following a proper treatment plan is the best way to find some relief.

Anxiety Attack Symptoms at Night

Night-time attacks of anxiety or panic can sometimes occur without any reason. The person may awaken at night from a deep sleep and experience symptoms like rapid heartbeats, trembling, shivering, sweating, shortness of breath, chills, and feeling of dreadfulness.  

Panic Attack without Physical Symptoms

The cognitive symptoms of a panic attack minus physical indications include poor concentration, having unwanted thoughts, bad negative thoughts, or racing fearful thoughts. Some people also experience a sense of impending doom or suffer from lack of restful sleep at night.


When you have an anxiety attack, how does it feel?

An anxiety attack is definitely an undesirable experience. You may sweat, tremble, feel choked, or get dizzy. You may fear losing your mental equilibrium. Palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath and nausea are also some signs of an acute anxiety attack.

What causes anxiety attacks?

Tension or stress and anxiety are co-related. Stress is what makes us tense and anxious. Stressful conditions can worsen if you indulge in smoking, drinking or using illicit drugs.

How to survive a panic attack?

If you suffer from sudden panic attacks, the first self-help step involves reaching out and getting professional help. Do not shy away from asking for medical assistance. Panic attacks are not at all life-threatening. However, they can be extremely debilitating and tiresome to deal with. If left untreated, these attacks can later develop into a full-blown panic disorder.

Researching online to gather useful information and meeting a reputed counsellor or therapist can be some of the best ways to deal with anxiety disorder. Expert therapists help pinpoint the exact causes of stress in your life. The treatment procedure is started only after understanding the underlying factors that trigger such attacks.


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DoctorUna launched in the United Arab Emirates in 2012, Egypt and Jordan in 2013 and recently in Kuwait in 2014. The purpose of DoctorUna is to allow patients to quickly search for doctors from across a broad range of specialties, compare them and easily book a convenient appointment. DoctorUna gives doctors access to a larger pool of patients, streamlines and better manages their appointment booking process so they can spend more time caring for patients.

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