It’s scary to feel powerless over an experience that seems to take over your life. You can feel overwhelmed and fearful with the lack of control and sense of unpredictability.
Anxiety and anxiety attack symptoms vary from person to person. Anxiety can be triggered by something very specific (e.g., like a phobia) or it can feel like it comes from out of nowhere.
Here are some of the most common anxiety attack symptoms.
- Difficulty breathing
- Trembling, shaking, feeling tingly
- Nausea or abdominal distress
- Fear of dying
- Feeling dizzy or faint
- Chest pain
- Fear of losing control or going crazy
There are other ways anxiety shows up as well:
- Excessive worry
- Sleep disturbance
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle tension
- Racing thoughts about all these bad things that are going to happen
- Uncertainty about the future
One of the hallmarks of anxiety is avoidance. Anxiety compels you to avoid certain tasks because when you attempt to undertake the activity the angst is so uncomfortable you would rather avoid that feeling.
Sadly, the long term effect is that your life becomes small. You end up living outside the life you really want.
This is how my clients describe their experience of anxiety. Do you recognize them?
- “I felt like I couldn’t breathe.”
- “I just had this feeling something awful was going to happen.”
- “I just get gripped by this sense of panic.”
- “My thoughts just kept going and going and going about how all these bad things were going to happen.”
It doesn’t have to be that way. There are many ways to approach managing and reducing anxiety. I’d be happy to show you how.