How to recognize an anxiety attack

The anxiety disorder is the association of feelings of fear, worry and stress in extreme situations cause the onset of an acute clinic that makes sense to oneself and to the environment serious health situation. Anxiety is more common in women than in men and its origin may be genetic or due to the appearance of a factor that causes stress panic in the person. In this article, we want to help you recognize an anxiety crisis and therefore we offer you the following information.

Steps to follow:

  1. The most striking symptom is rapid breathing, the person feels short of breath, shows a feeling of suffocation and breathes very quickly only through the mouth.  Do not worry, respiratory distress does not have any serious pathophysiological origin, in this situation you have to remind the person to breathe in through the nose and expire through the mouth in a slower and slower way.
  2. During the anxiety crisis the person may feel that the heart is racing very fast and by putting the hand on his left chest the pulsation can be felt. The person in crisis may feel a slight tightness in the chest due to the stress of the thoracic muscles during the respiratory distress.
  3. If you try to take the pulse manually, you will notice an increase in heart rate (tachycardia). During a stressful process where respiration is not normal, the heart increases its work due to respiratory decompensation. The heartbeat will return to normal when the crisis has subsided.
  4. The energy expenditure during rapid breaths and the feeling of anxiety can produce sensations such as sweating, increased temperature (hot flashes), tremors, chills  and dizziness.
  5. Associated with and with less acute characteristics the person may: feel that it is difficult to swallow food and liquids, have diarrhea and an imminent sensation of urinating immediately.
  6. It will be important to remain calm to calm the anxiety attack, as well as knowing what the treatment for the anxiety attack is to know how to act if it occurs.

This article is merely informative, we do not have the power to prescribe any medical treatment or make any type of diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor in the case of presenting any type of condition or discomfort.

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