Anxiety attack and panic attack are words that are thrown around often these days.
Many people think that they have experienced one or the other, but many people also don’t know the difference between the two.
Anxiety attack symptoms:
- Happens because of something that has happened to you personally.
- When it happens you are worrying about something in your life. Examples: work, school, relationship, bills, etc.
- Physical symptoms can include: shakiness, racing heart, shortness of breath.
- Can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few days.
Panic attack symptoms:
- Comes on all of a sudden for no apparent reason.
- You may think that you are having a heart attack or a stroke. Or that you are choking or about to vomit or pass out.
- When this happens you are worried about your body and mind. Meaning you think there is something seriously wrong with your body or mind. You will most likely feel the need to go to the emergency room.
- Can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.
Main differences between the two:
- An anxiety attack is about something in your life. An event or circumstance.
- A panic attack is about your body or mind. You think there is something seriously wrong with one or the other. You may feel like you are about to die.
Key Point 1: An anxiety attack can last a lot longer than a panic attack.
Key Point 2: The physical symptoms of a panic attack are much more severe than those of an anxiety attack.