Anxiety and Panic

Did you know that anxiety can be helpful?  Beyond the popular opinion of anxiety being mainly negative, which is true to some degree, it also helps to point out pending danger and give you the opportunity to respond in a 'fight or flight manner. In fact, anxiety can propel you to act even in the light of difficulties.  As you continue reading this post, you will better understand the difference between helpful anxiety and anxiety that interferes with daily living. You will also gain greater insight into differentiating anxiety and panic. 

Relating to Anxiety 

Anxiety can be defined as a mixture of feelings, including persistent stress, fear, nervousness, and worry. The extent of these emotions can range from mild to severe.  Anxiety and panic are different. However, it's important to note that anxiety is a present symptom when experiencing a panic attack.  As earlier mentioned, anxiety can also be helpful and destructive. Helpful anxiety prompts you to act, confront challenges and even generate great insight.  On the other hand, destructive anxiety interrupts your daily activities as it relates to personal, school, and work life. Destructive anxiety tends to be classed within a group of anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorders include: 

•    Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
•    Panic Disorders 
•    Social Anxiety Disorders 
•    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) 
•    Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
•    Separation Anxiety Disorder 

 

Anxiety Attacks vs. Panic Attacks

Is there really a difference between anxiety and panic attacks? Indeed, a panic attack is said to be more intense than an anxiety attack. Where a panic attack can sometimes come on suddenly without a clear cause, an anxiety attack results from apparent danger.  An anxiety and panic attack both share similar signs, including rapid heartbeat, sweating, hyperventilation, and extreme feelings of distress.  These symptoms can be debilitating and we want you to know that you don't have to feel that way!  Common Ground Psychiatry is here to talk about your anxiety and help you get back to feeling calm.