Anxiety attacks and panic attacks can be very similar but they are different conditions. An anxiety attack tends to occur when you are thinking about a certain issue, or experiencing a particular event. You become anxious about a specific thing and lose control.
A panic attack, on the other hand, will occur without warning, and often without reason. There may be no obvious trigger for the attack.
Anxiety attacks will tend to only last a few minutes, whereas panic attack typically last up to twenty minutes with symptoms peaking after ten minutes. Unless treated, an anxiety attack can develop into a panic attack.
An anxiety attack will usually occur over a period of time, usually due to prolonged feelings of worry. Panic attacks, on the other hand, will develop in a more sudden and intense manner.
The symptoms of panic attacks and anxiety attacks are almost identical. Common symptoms include heart palpations, shaking, nausea, and excessive sweating. You may also experience dizziness, shortness of breath, and a general feeling of foreboding.
However, anxiety attack symptoms will tend to be less intense that those experienced during a panic attack. They will also last a great deal longer than the symptoms of a panic attack.
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