Anxiety attacks symptoms – How to spot them
What are anxiety attacks symptoms? There are so many, and the symptoms depend on the person and how their anxiety manifests.
Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms are sneaky. But knowledge is the key to blowing the lid off this awful and often unspoken illness. In my experience, knowledge has been the key to my recovery, plus there are no anxiety medication side-effects! Know how to identify it, and you’ve won half the battle of putting that anxiety fear to rest.
That’s the thing about anxiety disorder – the physical symptoms of anxiety attacks are so sly – they have you believe you are dying from a heart attack (racing, beating heart) or a brain tumor (headache, thudding in the head) when in actual fact you are simply in a panic. The problem is, once you are in that panic state, it will take a lot of convincing to believe that you are simply having an anxiety attack, and not dying.
So, while you should see a doctor if any of these symptoms is persistent, here is a list of just SOME of the anxiety attacks symptoms:
- A nervy, worrying feeling. Sometimes you don’t even have anything to worry about, so you’ll inflate a situation in your mind to give you something to worry about.
- Beating, racing heart
- Quick, shallow breaths, feeling like you can’t get your breath
- Numbness in the limbs
- Vague tingling (I felt it in my fingers, and the tingling would make its way around my body, settling in different areas. Ever had a tingly belly-button?!)
- Headache – can start as a tension headache, may include a hot, thudding head
- Tricks of vision – did that object just move?! (I used to see the hands of clocks ticking backwards – freaky!)
- Hearing noises. This is particularly prevalent as you are going off to sleep. As the body relaxes, and the muscles relax, energy starts to flow again through your body and your heightened sensitivity might cause your brain to interpret it as noise (it might sound like a firecracker, rushing water or a beep)
- Thinking the same thing, over and over (I used to think of a word, eg “spoon” and drive myself nuts thinking “spoon, spoon, spoon, spoon” over and over in my mind.) This is obsession.
- Feeling tired all the time. Also a symptom of depression, this is caused by your body being so tense and anxious. It’s very tiring!
I experienced all of the above symptoms before I got in control of my anxiety and put that energy to good use, developing my psychic ability and seeing auras.
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