If you have experienced any anxiety attacks, you have for sure seen that they come with a variety of symptoms affecting your body; they range from difficult breathing to a strong chest pain, to a “like you are dying” feeling. The most popular anxiety attack symptoms are also the fake ones, i.e. they’re not the real expression of the problem you are experiencing. Let’s see why this is true.
Shortness of breath is the most frequent anxiety attack symptom. Its popularity is due to the fact that many people feel other anxiety symptoms and this make them panic. This panic then expresses itself as shortness of breath. The simple advice here is that if you are experiencing shortness of breath, realize that this is just part of an anxiety attack and your world is not caving in. Shortness of breath is just expression of everything else you are already experiencing with your panic attack. This should help you to regain control more easily.
If you are in a crowded area you could experience another anxiety attack symptom: becoming lightheaded. This comes often from an underlying phobia about being in crowds. Even if you could think you are having a major problem, this is usually just one of the symptoms arising from anxiety attacks. So gain awareness and recover a little bit of more control, as with the previous symptom.
When you have an anxiety attack you’ll find yourself with a pounding heart. Sometimes you could think you are going to have an heart attack, however this won’t happen as you will be experiencing just anxiety.
Finally, fear of losing control is for sure another anxiety symptom winner. This is typically result of a mind game: you experience other symptoms, you start to feel nervous, then you realize that symptoms are not relieving, and finally you start to think you have a problem. Than you see that this problem is not solving, as your symptoms are not lighting, and finally you feel that you are losing control. Now the game is done and you start to feel fear. And guess what? This fear will increase all the other symptoms. This is because usually the fear symptoms are really the same than the anxiety ones.
The short version of this story is that the major anxiety symptoms will often be the result of lighter anxiety symptoms and your mind games. And this will build into an anxiety snowball that increases in time with the upsetting condition if this is not resolved. So the previous four symptoms are at the end “fake” symptoms. This doesn’t mean they don’t exist. They’re totally real. However the more you’ll try to solve them, the more you’ll feel anxiety as they are expression of an underlying lack of control and you won’t able to control them directly. You have to recover control on what is behind these symptoms instead.
This is for sure a feasible task. Remember that anxiety can be treated and once you learn to control your attack, you’ll have your life back.
You have four main action items to start with:
1) Remember that your big symptoms are just a snowball result of small starting problems. Remembering what happened when you started to feel anxious could help you much more than anything else.
2) Do small actions that help you to regain control.
3) In the meanwhile, visit your physician and with his help define if your anxiety attacks require serious treatment or just a behavioural approach, just like the two above tips.
4) Know more about your anxiety and use this knowledge to regain control.
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