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Did I Just Have A Panic Attack Or An Anxiety Attack

Did I just have an anxiety/panic attack?

Anxiety attacks are similar to panic attacks. In a panic attack, you usually will get heart palpilations, and you will feel panic, instead of anxiety. Panic is usually similar to anxiety. Sometimes an anxiety attack will lead to a panic attack. I have severe social anxiety. If I'm out, and I feel like people I know will be there, I get anxiety (nervousness), and then I'll start to panic if it gets really bad. That's when I get headaches, feel sick, and my heart rate goes up, and I try to leave as fast as possible. You seem to have had a panic attack. Do you have a history of asthma, though? Your breathing could have gotten unsteady and led to an asthma attack, which would have caused chest tightness, breathing difficulty, trouble speaking, and a fast heart rate. If you did feel scared, nervous, or whatever, it was probably a panic attack. You could have started hyperventilating during the panic attack, which caused the light headedness.
In short, you do seem to have had a panic attack, due to the breathing, distatch from reality, heart palpilations, etc. If you ever notice a problem that seems to be asthma, outside of a panic/anxiety attack, you should get that checked out.
Sometimes panic attacks are just a one time thing. I get anxiety attacks a few times a year (thankfully I don't get them more often, considering how bad my anxiety is). You may have just gone a little bit out of your own control during the argument. Do you ever get anxiety during simple things? Or panic?
You could have just as easily experienced all of that from crying. It may not have been a panic or anxiety attack at all. Anxiety and panic attacks are usually associated with fear. If you felt scared, then it could have been a panic attack. Don't worry too much about it, unless it starts to happen very often.

What are anxiety/panic attack symptoms?

Your symptoms correlate to that of anxiety/panic attacks. You are not alone. Millions of Americans suffer or have suffered anxiety/panic/depression, etc. There is help for this and a vast amount of information online to educate yourself. Here's some of the symptoms: raging heartbeat difficulty breathing, feeling as though you 'can't get enough air, terror that is almost paralyzing nervous, shaking, stress heart palpitation, feeling of dread dizziness, lightheadedness or nausea trembling, sweating, shaking choking, chest pains, distress fear, fright, afraid, anxious hot flashes, or sudden chills tingling in fingers or toes ('pins and needles') fearful that you're going to go crazy or are about to die. Here's a link that you may find useful for help. However, visiting your primary care physician or local health clinic to get a professional medical diagnosis would be a wise choice. Hope this helps.

What is worse, a panic attack or an anxiety attack?

Ha…They both are terrible.. panic attacks stop you in your tracks and the fear of the now is overwhelming. When your pain now has built it’s self up so much you cant release it. You don’t and can never know when it will end; pains are physical and mental. You are stuck in rapid thoughts but unable to express what is inside you… Example- I literally want to die, to think of making it through the rest of the day let alone another one is unbearable. Time is relevant, and 5 minutes feels like my hells manifested on earth (death feels like the only escape). Imagine you broke up with yourself, you are over with yourself now what should you do. Heart broken and prepared/wishing the pain will end. Which thank God it does, and It’s a numb freedom. Finally given some clarity that tomorrow can’t be as bad.If you’re looking for a proper solution to panic attacks I’d heavily suggest taking a look at 60 Second Panic SolutionFor me, panic attacks are worse but it’s because my anxiety made me have a panic attack. My anxiety makes me panic. But other people make me have panic attacks too. Like bad metro bus drivers who turn the corner on two wheels and nearly wreck the bus. I got off the bus, threw up, and I was on edge all day. My family also gives me a lot of anxiety leading to terrible anxiety attacks. My thoughts get worse and worse and make me panic… then I am having panic attacks. It goes hand in hand but for me, panic attacks make me throw up and feel like crap physically. I think it’s different for everyone. I am not sure though. I just thought I’d tell you how goes for me.

I am suffering from anxiety disorder and panic attacks and I am just 18. What should I do?

If you could fix it yourself you would have done it already. Get thee to a health care provider and start treatment with a SSRI and psychotherapy to learn coping skills. Studies show therapy and meds work better than either one alone. Consider the possibility the anxiety might not be the primary diagnosis as anxiety, OCD, ADD, substance abuse disorders (self medication) and eating disorders often occur with bipolar spectrum disorder. Asking yourself what the worst case scenario is and figuring out how you would deal with it often helps decrease the free-floating anxiety.

My Girlfriend had a panic - anxiety attack after having sex with me. PLEASE HELP?

The only way you're going to understand anything is if you talk to her and see what's going on. Maybe something happened in her youth or with another guy that has made her feel very fearful and upset and clingy after sex. Maybe she had a bad experience with another lover, like, maybe they had sex and he dumped her right after. Or maybe something even more terrible would be sexual abuse, even though I'm HOPING that this isn't the case.

On a lighter note, she could have just had the best experience of her life with you, and the emotions got WAY out of control. Maybe she panicked at thinking that this was amazing and what if she never got it again? Women's thoughts are so damn quick, it's impossible for even US to keep up with them. She could have just had an emotional overload and her body reacted.

Talk with her and see if you can't figure out what's going on. The more you two are intiment with each other, the less and less this will happen, hopefully.

Good luck :)

Edit: Not like anxiety attacks are ever a good thing, but I'll give you an example of a "good" one I had. I just got a new job and man oh man, was I excited. I was jumping up and down, then all of a sudden, I couldn't breath and was blacking out. I was crying, too. I didn't know what had come over me. When it was finshed, I called my doctor and she said that, for some reason that happy moment was in fact, a trigger.

Has anyone ever had an anxiety attack? (panic attack)?

i have had them and still get them at times it scares me and i dont no whats wrong i get all sweaty, i just remind myself that thing arent as bad as they could be, and just take deep breaths

What's the difference between a panic attack and an anxiety attack?

here are similarities and differences between anxiety and panic attacks. An anxiety attack often comes in reaction to a stressor. You're walking down a dark alley and hear footsteps, or you're at even the top of a rollercoaster and looking to go down that large hill.

An anxiety attack, people may feel fearful, apprehensive, may feel their heart racing or feel short of breath, but it's very short lived, and when the stressor goes away, so does the anxiety attack.

Panic attack on the other hand doesn't come in reaction to a stressor. It's unprovoked and unpredictable. And during a panic attack the individual is seized with terror, fear, or apprehension. They may feel that they're going to die, or lose control or have a heart attack. They have a host of physical symptoms which may include chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea. And in addition to these terrifying panic attacks, people start worrying about having the next one. So there's a lot of what's called anticipatory anxiety.

Also, they start avoiding places where they have a panic attack. So if they had one in a grocery store for example, they may stop going to the store. The good news is even though this is a very common disorder, it is very treatable.

Heart attack or panic attack?

I am a 20 year old female and lately i've been having symptoms of what i thought was a heart attack. When i was driving i all of a sudden had surges of adrenaline and panic go through my body. I had dull pain in the bottom of my ribcage and chest and became dizzy and felt out of touch with reality. I sat in my car for a hour and eventually was able to drive home again. Before this happened i had had weird symptoms for months. I had short little gasps of breath they would happen at random times somewhat like a yawning sensation except i was not expelling any air. I also had pain in both my arms and my left elbow and random pain in my back between my shoulder blades and shooting pains in my back. and ever since this recent incident i can't sleep through the night. I also have stomach upset after everything i eat. I do have anxiety disorder but this is nothing like the anxiety attacks i've experienced before? Is this a heart attack or panic attacks?

Can people without anxiety disorders have panic attacks?

In the classification of mental disorders, panic attacks is part of the family of Anxiety Disorders. Perhaps you want to know if anxiety is different from panic disorder. Anxiety Disorders refers to a group of conditions in which anxiety is the common denominator. These includes Panic Disorder in which intense attacks of anxiety occur without any apparent reason. Generalized Anxiety which is a chronic and almost continuous form of anxiety and other types of specific anxiety conditions that occur only in certain situations. Anxiety feels like a sensation of fear but without any especific threat. In real fear, you run away from the threat, in anxiety you cannot identify the threat and therefore, you have no idea in which direction to run and you feel trapped.