So what is the difference between a panic and anxiety attack?
It sounds like a battle doesn’t it? Panic Attack vs Anxiety Attack!
Well, if it was a battle, it might be difficult to know which was which. The symptoms can be quite similar…
Panic Attack vs Anxiety Attack
Think of these symptoms:
- Racing heart
- Shortness of breath
All of these symptoms, and more, can be caused by both panic and anxiety.
So what is the difference?
The difference is that anxiety is generally short-lived and is brought on by a stressor.
A good example of this would be on a rollercoaster.
When you reach the top of the ride and you look down, that ‘stressor’ gives you anxiety.
A panic attack on the other hand doesn’t happen because of such stressors. It is unprovoked and very unpredictable.
Over the years I’ve been affected by both but I’ve found something which has really helped me to control both anxiety and panic in most instances.
I’ve found that if you give your brain an unexpected task, this can rebalance the ‘sensory overload’ that has caused the attack in the first place.
Try this method to Stop Panic Attacks
Close your eyes and count backwards in ‘7s’.
You can change the number to anything you want of course but the point is you’re giving your brain something unexpected and mildly challenging to do.
Panic/anxiety: Close Eyes – 70, 63, 56, 49, 42, 35, 28, 21, 14, 7…
Feeling better already!
If numbers aren’t your thing then you could try the alphabet backwards or recite some foreign words that you’ve been learning!
So that’s the difference between anxiety and panic and the one really EASY method to help you control those attacks!
Did it work for you?
I’d love to know if it helps or if you have another way to help eliminate the symptoms of panic and anxiety. Let everyone know in the comments below.
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Thanks for reading this Panic Attack vs Anxiety Attack article and…
try not to worry when you don’t have to.