anxiety attacks

What is an Anxiety Attack?

An anxiety attack is a chronic, pathological experience of unwarranted anxiety. In the USA alone, close to three million people suffer from this kind of mental disorder. Anxiety attacks could happen in any place and in any situation. Making it a very unpredictable and worrying illness.

Anxiety attacks differ from other disorders because they can happen without provocation. It can occur even in the most inauspicious of places. Be it a trivial gathering or an important performance.

Most people that suffer from this sort of disorder are surprised at how unpredictable an attack can be. Its severity can range from mild discomfort to a severe condition that can disable a person. 

Anxiety attacks are so unpredictable; they can even cause sleep deprivation. This can cause a major inconvenience and can seriously affect one’s lifestyle. Those that do not understand the illness might make fun of the person suffering from it. Thinking they are overreacting or are doing things of their own accord to make things worse.

They do not understand that this condition is an illness that should be remedied as soon as possible. This is because this condition steadily increases in duration and intensity. Those that experience anxiety attacks for the first time and can suffer it for ten minutes at a time. As the condition progresses, so is the duration and the intensity. 

Unfortunately, this type of disorder gets worse without treatment. Whenever a person experiences an anxiety attack, he or she tends to hide because of fear. This could cause a person to avoid performing any activities. 


Symptoms of Anxiety Attack:


  1. Sudden Fear. As mentioned earlier, those that suffer from anxiety attacks suffer sudden unexpected episodes. They also experience nausea and stomach maladies at the same time.


  1. Sudden Change of Demeanor. During an anxiety attack, one may become inactive, paralyzed, or, worst, hysteric. The patient may or may not have control of their surroundings during an episode.


  1. Chest Pain and Dizziness. Chest pains and dizziness often go with the attacks. These symptoms are usually associated with nervous-related disorders. Some patients also described being in a dream-like state. Accompanied by chills, terror, sudden thanatophobia (fear of dying), and palpitation.


The causes of panic attack syndromes are quite hazy. The reasons can come from an emotional problem, trauma, or a nervous physiological condition. Those who have a genetically inherent chemical imbalance in the brain are predisposed to such illnesses.


Patients with anxiety disorders are treated with both medication and psychiatric therapy. These address both the physical and mental faculties affected by the illness. The prognosis for such illnesses is good as long as it is treated early and consistently.