10 Best Ways to Stop Anxiety Attacks

Research has found that almost everyone will experience an anxiety (panic) attack at least once during his/her life. People who behave more anxiously than normal often experience many anxiety attacks. Some anxious people, approximately 3 percent of the general population, develop panic attack disorder (PAD) – when panic attacks become problematic and interfere with a normal lifestyle.

Anxiety attacks and panic attacks are the same thing.

Anxiety attacks are often characterized as experiencing:

  • A feeling of overwhelming fear
  • Feeling of going crazy or losing control
  • Feeling you are in grave danger
  • Feeling you might pass out
  • A surge of doom and gloom
  • An urgency to escape
  • Dizziness
  • Palpitations
  • Trembling
  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pressure or pain
  • Turning pale
  • Feeling detached from reality
  • Weak in the knees
  • Burning skin
  • Pins and needles
  • Hot and cold flushes
  • Numbness and tingling sensationsThe above anxiety attack symptoms can be accompanied by:
    • Choking sensation, tightening throat, it feels like your throat is closing, it feels like something is stuck in your throat
    • Confusion
    • Depersonalization (feeling detached from reality, separate from one-self, separate from normal emotions)
    • Derealization (feeling unreal, in a dream-like state)
    • Dizziness, lightheadedness, unsteadiness
    • Emotional distress
    • Emotional upset
    • Inability to calm yourself down
    • Knot in the stomach, tight stomach
    • Nausea
    • Panicky feeling
    • Pounding, racing heart
    • Butterflies in the stomach
    • Sudden urge to go to the bathroom (urinate, defecate)
    • Vomiting
    • Feel like crying

    You can experience one, many, or all of the symptoms listed above. Just because you aren’t experiencing many or all of the above symptoms doesn’t mean you aren’t having an anxiety attack. Each person can have a unique anxiety attack experience.