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Panic Attack and Anxiety

Panic Attack

                                                                         Is panic attack and anxiety the same?

                                                                 What are the signs and symptoms of anxiety?

                                                                              What does anxiety feel like?

                                                                                  Is panic attack genetic?


This article gives a hawk’s eye view on the commonly asked questions about panic attack and anxiety. Panic attack & anxiety concepts are commonly misunderstood because of similarity in the symptoms.


The combination of fear and stress is the experience we face in our daily life which makes us uneasy whenever it happens. when we are worried about the future event or anticipating a bad outcome we tend to fall on general uneasy feelings and muscle tension resulting in anxiety. If the same person encounters it continuously then it’s an anxiety disorder.


Some of the signs and symptoms of anxiety and panic attack:


S.No Anxiety Panic attack
1 Rapid and high heartbeat pounding Sense of impending doom or danger
2 Stomach discomfort Dizziness, lightheadedness or faintness
3 Difficulty in deep breathing Hot flashes
4 Sharp chest pains Abdominal cramps
5 Nausea Feeling of unreality or detachment


Although both may sound similar, anxiety and panic attack are two different disorders. If the victim doesn’t know which one he/she suffering from, it might be very difficult to find the appropriate treatment. Consider this case if the victim followed wrong disorder, then it’s wasting time on addressing the wrong issue.


Panic attacks can make the victim to undergo sufferings without any warnings. When the body’s nervous system senses awkward and feels like it’s under danger or attack and tends to lose it control over the body. It lasts for a few minutes or hours.


Whereas in anxiety, it’s very predictable because it is a natural response to certain situations, also the attack of anxiety is the more intense form of emotion. The individual can feel all the time in the background, in the subconscious of his/her mind. Anxiety is more severe than the simple feeling it can last anywhere and anytime for minutes, hours or even weeks.


Scenario differences in anxiety & panic attack:


S.No Scenario Panic attack Anxiety
1 Symptoms Intense Mild
2 Duration Short Short – long
3 Onset Sudden Gradual
4 Disorder Yes Yes


You or your loved one suffering from either anxiety or panic attack, it is important to consult a mental health care professional. Visit Cadabam’s on www.cadabams.org/anunitha and know more about the best treatment options for panic attack and anxiety related problems. If you are looking for assistance call us at +91 96111 94949 or visit www.cadabams.org.


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