Definition of anxiety and panic from WebMD.com
Anxiety and Panic
Panic attacks are intense periods of fear or feelings of doom developing over a very short time frame — up to 10 minutes — and associated with at least four of the following:
- Sudden overwhelming fear
- Shortness of breath
- Sense of choking
- Chest pain
- A feeling of being detached from the world (de-realization)
- Fear of dying
- Numbness or tingling in the limbs or entire body
- Chills or hot flushes
It’s normal to feel anxiety from time to time. It’s OK to have anxiety about a job interview, the first day back in collage, etc. But when your brain thinks its going to be eaten by a dinosaur for no reason, its not. (I’m using that as a silly example) your brain’s fight of flight has kicked in and you’re in full panic mode. I get the uncontrollable shakes kind of like when you have the flu and your temperature is high.(these shakes last about an hour after the attack first happened) I sweat like I just ran 5 miles. I go from forgetting to breathe and feeling like I’m going to choke to death (sounds dumb right) or I hyperventilate. I have to be in a quiet place to focus on calming myself down. Going to therapy, they teach you techniques to cope when you have one, but when you’re in panic mode all that you have learned has gone out the window. That is a bad attack for me. A physicist told me those are signs of depersonalization.
My day to day anxiety, I worry constantly mostly about things I cannot control. It’s mostly mind chatter, we all have it. Mine just likes to go to what I call the dark side (negative thoughts) I wouldn’t call my thinking anxiety, but it is anxiety inducing. Like I feel stupid, why didn’t i say or do this? What if I mess up, or overthinking “what if” situations. I’m actively working on turning my thoughts around or tell it to fuck off, but its a tough process. It took many years to form this, so it will take time for it to get better. I was this way since a child and didn’t even know I was doing it. My mom was a negative thinker so I thought it was normal.
Everyone’s anxiety and panic manifests differently, so never judge someone for panicking differently than you or someone you know.