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Anonymous asked:

when i have what i consider 'anxiety attacks', the main symptom is that i cry really easily/uncontrollably. like sometimes i have trouble breathing or i feel really scared/dread, but i dont seem to have all the hyperventilating stuff that other people have. like today i was taking a test & i got totally stuck on one problem & started panicking and was about to cry, i had to go to the bathroom to calm down. do u think these episodes still count as anxiety attacks? -eg (pls tag as eg thank u!!!)


Hi eg,

These are the symptoms of an anxiety attack, if it sounds absolutely nothing like what you are experiencing, then it could be something else. Also note that you don’t have to experience all the symptoms for it to be an anxiety attack. 

  • A feeling of impending doom, that something horrible is about to happen, that you are in grave danger
  • A strong feeling of fear, foreboding
  • An urge to escape, to get out, to run away from danger
  • Blanching, turning white, looking pale
  • Blushing, skin blotches, turning red
  • Burning skin
  • Choking sensation, tightening throat, it feels like your throat is closing
  • Confusion
  • Depersonalization (feeling detached from reality, separate from one-self, separate from normal emotions)
  • Derealization (feeling unreal, in a dream-like state)
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, unsteadiness
  • Emotional distress
  • Emotional upset
  • Fear of going crazy
  • Fear of losing control, freaking out
  • Fearful thoughts that seem incessant
    Feels like there is a tight band around your head
  • Hot or cold chills
  • Inability to calm yourself down
  • Knot in the stomach, tight stomach
  • Nausea
  • Numbness, tingling sensations in any part of the body
  • Panicky feeling
  • Pins and needles feeling
  • Plugged ear(s), stuffed ear(s)
  • Pounding heart
  • Racing heart
  • Shooting pains in the chest, neck, shoulder, head, or face
  • Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
  • Sweating
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Trembling, shaking (visibly shaking or just trembling on the inside)
  • Upset stomach
  • Urgent desire to go to the bathroom (urinate, defecate)
  • Vomiting

These are not all the symptoms that one may experience, so I can not be sure if what you are experiencing is/is not an anxiety attack. But, I hope this helps.

Best of luck,

-Sara x


Anonymous asked:

My friend was recently diagnosed with anxiety, and has had anxiety attacks with me around. Do you know any ways to help calm her down or reassure her without sounding condescending or useless or something?


First, a quick background about what an anxiety attack is || 
You already know what fear is- it’s a normal reaction to a known, external cause. When someone is having an anxiety attack, the source of fear is unknown, not recognized, or inadequate compared to the effects that it’s having on them. 

The first thing that you should do if she’s having an anxiety attack is to help her breathe! Ask her if there’s something that you can do- maybe that could be rubbing her back or letting her alone altogether. Don’t touch her without her permission and if she tells you to leave, assure her that you’ll be right back so it doesn’t sound like you’re abandoning her.

Remember to be calm yourself- human beings are actually so connected that our heartbeats can sometimes even synchronize. (By being calm yourself, you’re helping to calm her down) Remember not to pressure her into giving you answers or asking what caused the attack because often times they can come out of nowhere. 

Then, distract her. Point out parts of her surroundings and reassure her that she’s safe and that nothing’s going to hurt her. If she takes medicine to help with her anxiety attacks, then remind her take it. It’s also really important to help her breathe. Tell her to push out her stomach when she exhales and to breathe out a little bit longer than she’s breathing in. You might even practice breathing with her and helping her count. 

Things that you don’t want to do are shouting at her to calm down (pretty much a given already), telling her to get over it, telling her that she’s overreacting and telling her that it’s nothing and that she’s going to get over it. Be there for her. Be empathetic. Be understanding. She’ll appreciate you trying to help her. I appreciate you trying to help her.


Anonymous asked:

Could you explain what an anxiety attack is like and what someone can do to help the person who is having it?


"Anxiety attacks, also known as panic attacks, are episodes of intense panic or fear.”

They last about ten minutes on average, although they can last up to half an hour. You can feel withdrawn or detached for your environment, like you’re trapped, like you’ve lost control, and/or believe that you’re dying. Some physical symptoms are shaking/trembling, rapid heart rate, trouble breathing, hot flashes or chills and nausea. It can cause urination or vomiting. It’s easy to mistake an anxiety attack for a heart attack. It’s a very intense and difficult experience.

What to do if someone is having an anxiety attack:

  • DO NOT get angry at them. Realize that they are not choosing to have an anxiety attack. Don’t blame them for it or act mad or disappointed at them.
  • This is a really good article on what not to do.
  • Ask them before doing anything. Don’t touch or move them without permission. Asking what they need is probably the most important thing you can do.
  • If they are in a loud, crowded, or public place, it may help to move somewhere quieter and less populated.
  • On the same note, don’t make them feel trapped. Make sure you and anyone else around you aren’t blocking any exits or surrounding them.
  • Often times, just being there with them can help.
  • Speak in a calm, soothing tone. If you panic, they’ll be worse.
  • Doing breathing exercises with them, or encourage them to do repetitive tasks (like repeating a mantra or counting backwards from 10) can slow their breathing and heart rate.
  • Having something like a pillow (nothing sharp or dangerous) to hold against their chest can make some people feel safer.

Note: I don’t have any personal experience with anxiety attacks. If anyone reading this does, I encourage you to reblog and add your comments.

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