SUNDAY NOIRE: What’s The Difference Between Anxiety Attacks Vs Panic Attacks?

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There is one other important difference between these two conditions: anxiety attacks don’t have an actual diagnostic definition and panic attacks do. So though we are going to cover the symptoms for both, it’s worth noting that anxiety attack symptoms vary by person, and their symptoms are self-reported rather than confirmed by the medical community.

Symptoms of both types of attacks include:

  • Worry, fear, stress
  • The belief you will die or are losing control
  • Out-of-body experience
  • Racing heart
  • Tight chest
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sweating
  • Hot flashes or chills
  • Trembling
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

One symptom that differs between the attacks is actually in the ramp-up to the attack. Anxiety attacks can come after anxiety that has been building gradually for hours or even days. An anxiety attack is often the breaking point of anxiety that has been slowly increasing. A panic attack, however, can come on when the person felt completely fine just moments before.

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