Anxiety is not always debilitating. In some cases, a little anxiety is a good thing. It encourages us to take the leap or get the job done.
It enables us to face something intimidating. On the other hand, when people experiences anxiety to the point where they are unable to control their feelings, thoughts and personal health, this form of anxiety can be problematic.
Such negative anxiety can cause them to undergo stress, have fear, and lose control of their ability to handle a situation. When this happens and a person suffering from negative anxiety is left helpless, this is known as an anxiety attack.
Sometimes it is not easy to tell if a person is having an anxiety attack. But in most cases, the symptoms that they exhibit during the attack are so obvious and extreme that you know they are having one.
The symptoms can be either or both mental and physical. It is easier to spot the physical symptoms than the mental symptoms. When people are having an anxiety attack, you may see them clutching their chest.
When this is happening, the anxiety is causing the person the sensation of having a heart attack. The people may begin to gasp for air as they feel that their airways are constricted.
They may breathe heavy and hyper-ventilate. An anxiety attack can cause them to become hot and sweaty or become numb with chills. When an anxiety attack happens the person may have a hard time controlling their bowels and may experience nausea.
Some may even regurgitate the contents of their stomach. The whole experience can lead to fatigue. If you see a person exhibiting any of these symptoms or a combination of them, chances are they either having an anxiety attack or are about to have one.
If these symptoms become more severe such as facial muscle spasms, extreme sensations of being hot or feeling numb, or the feeling that they are losing their mind, then these symptoms should be taken seriously.
If you or a person you know has these experiences, they should meet with a physician. Anxiety attacks can be the first sign of a more severe mental problem.