The Anxiety and Depression Association of America lists over 25 symptoms which are the anatomy of a Panic Attack. If you have four or more of the symptoms on their list, you are experiencing a Panic Attack (also referred to as an Anxiety Attack). The ADAA defines Panic Attacks as an “abrupt onset of intense fear or discomfort that reaches a peak within minutes.”
The symptoms of a Panic Attack are often indistinguishable from symptoms of a heart attack. While Panic Attacks can provide extreme discomfort and a sense of disorientation, they are generally not life-threatening. However, if you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see your doctor for a complete and thorough diagnosis in order to rule out any greater issues in your health.
Dealing with and managing anxiety is one of the core principles in my Complete Health Through Nutrition program. In the days ahead we will discuss Anxiety and what you can do to minimize its impact on your life.