Anxiety attacks are sometimes referred to as panic attacks. Though it has been argued a panic attack is technically, different than anxiety attacks, the difference is just that, technical. To the person suffering the anxiety or panic attack, however, there is no difference.
Anxiety attacks are spells of absolute to terror that seem to come right out of the blue. Those who experience anxiety attacks are constantly trying to fight them. This fighting actually helps to stimulate the attacks. Fighting is a normal response when suddenly an unsuspecting person becomes besieged with the unwanted manifestations of an anxiety attack.
These attacks are marked by extreme fear and nervousness that overwhelm the sufferer. Aside from those sensations, the sufferer feels disconcerting physical symptoms. These sensations are even more disconcerting than the original onset of fear. The physical feelings anxiety attacks bring on are many and varied. The usual sensations the sufferer of an anxiety attack will talk about experiencing are:
Shortness of breath
A dizzy feeling, which is really more of an unsteady or unreal feeling.
Lump in the throat
An urgent need to go to the bathroom,
And, usually, whatever it is the sufferer of the attack fears the most.
When experiencing these feelings, it is often the anxiety filled person will find himself in the emergency room believing he is having a heart attack or stroke. Of course, anyone who's feeling chest pains should get them checked out. However, in the case of a person having an anxiety attack, the doctors will inform him, the chest pains do not clinically exists.
All of the physical manifestations have been brought on by a body that is pumping way too much adrenaline. When the sufferer attempts to fight the sensations, for his efforts he only starts pumping more adrenaline.
A person, who is under attack by anxiety, is not having any mental, or physical problem. His or her sweating, trembling hands, rapidly beating heart, lump in the throat, blurry, filmy vision and those other horrible feelings he or she is suffering from, are all ways the human body behaves when it is pumping adrenaline.
Usually, a person who is given to having anxiety attacks has been experiencing anxiety even during the periods when he is not having a full-fledged anxiety attack. Because of this constant, lower grade anxiety, the nerves have become very sensitive to any sort of stimuli.
At that point, it doesn't take any more than simply worrying about an anxiety attack to bring one on. Even though these attacks are adrenaline driven and not really manifestations of heart trouble for instance, they still feel just as bad to sufferer.
The first step in recovery is realizing that adrenaline is the enemy, and that though you may not be able to control your adrenaline all the time; you have no need to fear the sensations it brings. Once a person gets over his or her fear of the anxiety attacks, the attacks will become rarer and rarer until eventually, they will come no more.