Almost everyone has been subject to anxiety attacks in their lifetime. But it happens to confuse the latter with panic attacks, which group together slightly different symptoms. Indeed, anxiety attacks are generally triggered by a fear linked to a particular element. It could be, for example, a problem at work, an upcoming exam, or a relationship that is failing. The anxiety attack tends to set in gradually, and the person concerned may experience symptoms such as dizziness, a knotted stomach, a feeling of nausea, hot flashes, palpitations or even headaches. If it is an unpleasant episode, it remains less intense than the so-called panic attacks, which manifest themselves in a much more carabineer way.
Unlike anxiety attacks, which are often linked to an event, panic attacks can occur completely unexpectedly. How to recognize them? They provide a feeling of loss of control, as explained by the Medical News Today site, and affect both apparently relaxed people (a panic attack can occur during sleep) and anxious subjects. Generally, the symptoms include an intense feeling of terror linked to a feeling of impending death. Panic attacks come on suddenly and usually last between 5 and 20 minutes, with a peak after 10 minutes.
Panic attack: what are the risk factors?
If anyone can be confronted with a panic attack, certain elements increase the risk of being concerned: a history of panic attacks in the family, the person suffers from a bipolar disorder or depression, drug use and / or alcohol, a medical condition such as diabetes, heart disease or thyroid problem, but also the existence of a previous trauma.