For anyone who has experienced an anxiety attack, they will quickly recognize the physical symptoms. Along with their breathing becoming heavier, they will sweat, suffer chest pains, they notice numbness in their extremities and they begin to shake uncontrollably. Some people may find that they only suffer a few of the physical symptoms of an anxiety attack, but others may find themselves having to deal with them all.
When someone is suffering an anxiety attack for the first time they will often reach for the phone to call for an ambulance as they feel that they may be having a heart attack. But even when they reach hospital and have been told what the problem is they often find that being in a hospital environment helps them to cope and deal with the attack much more easily. Yet for those who suffer from chronic anxiety they will have been shown ways in which they can actually alleviate the symptoms associated with this disorder themselves.
It is believed that a full anxiety attack is related to the ‘fight or flight’ survival response found in all members of the animal kingdom, including humans. This response is thought to have been responsible for the continued survival of the human race, as it includes a rush of adrenaline, ultra sensitivity to surroundings, and a general aggressiveness. An anxiety attack occurs when this instinctual response is triggered without any obvious cause.
In studies carried out it has been shown that people who suffer from repeated attacks increase their chances of suffering either a heart attack or stroke in the future. But those who only suffer one attack and there is no history of any kind of anxiety disorder in their family are unlikely to suffer any heart problems or have to deal with any lasting effects.
It is not clear, however if the increased risk posed to regular sufferers is caused by the attacks or is merely related to them. Some doctors even argue that the medications prescribed for anxiety disorder put people at risk of cardiovascular events. Either way, a panic attack is a clear sign that something is not well, and the problem must be dealt with, not the symptoms.
Actually dealing with an attack is not as easy as one would first imagine. Although you doctor may be able to treat the symptoms for you the underlying causes may need you to actually look at yourself more closely. There are various different types of therapy available which can help you deal with the stress that is being placed upon you. One of the effective of these is cognitive behavorial therapy, which helps people to learn ways to alter their reaction when they find themselves in certain stressful situations.
Quite a few people will use deep breathing exercises or other kinds of relaxation techniques for helping to bring the physical symptoms of an anxiety attack under control. Along with these exercises and techniques they may also under take massage or aromatherapy and some people will use them in conjunction with acupuncture treatment. But no matter what any one else thinks, it is important that when treating the physical symptoms associated with these kinds of attacks is not just a case of a person trying to think more positively.
It is crucial that you remember that anxiety is a real medical condition and therefore should be treated in much the same way of any other kind. Certainly, if careful attention is taken to deal with this condition then anyone should find that they can cope and deal with the crippling effects it can place on their lives.