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Am I Having A Panic Attack Or Anxiety Attack?

As similar as they might seem, panic attacks and anxiety attacks are two different things. Panic attacks happen suddenly and come with a rush of fear, accompanied by physical symptoms like a racing heartbeat, feeling of nausea or dizziness and possibly shortness of breath.

Panic attacks can happen to anyone but usually are a sign of a panic disorder.

However anxiety attacks as quoted by MedicalNewsToday "involves a fear of some specific occurrence or problem that could happen. Symptoms include worry, restlessness, and possibly physical symptoms, such as changes in heart rate. Anxiety is different from a panic attack, but it can occur as part of an anxiety or panic disorder."


Panic attacks and anxiety attacks have a lot of similar symptoms. You can even have both attacks at the same time! 

Here are the few similar symptoms : 

It may be difficult to understand what you are experiencing but just try to remember that anxiety is usually caused by stressors, such as an exam or a job interview. 

Anxiety usually builds up whereas panic attacks happen suddenly.

 How Do I Control My Attacks?

The best way to control your attacks is to understand when they might be coming
Here are a few things you can try to do :
  • Take slow deep breaths
  • Practice mindfulness or meditation
  • Take up relaxation techniques such as painting or taking a bath.
  • Accepting your attack
  • Going through therapy or seeking professional help.

Panic attacks and anxiety attacks, however not same, are very similar. Both have similar symptoms and both can be controlled in the same way. We recommend that if you suffer from any type of anxiety, have panic attacks or mental health issues, that you should seek professional help immediately. Good Luck!

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