The Danger Of Anxiety Attacks Symptoms And How To Cure It ?

Published: 26th April 2009
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What are the causes of the anxiety attacks symptoms and how do you actually cope or even better, get rid of it altogether ?

One of the key to solving this whole pressing issue is to understanding how anxiety builds up, leading to an attack. Once you understand the entire picture, anxiety attacks are no longer as scary as it sounds.

First of all, let us look at why one would experience anxiety attacks symptoms before dissecting it altogether.

Anxiety is a reaction caused by an organ called Amygdala, found in the subconscious mind. This organ's sole purpose is to protect the individual from harm. Whenever danger is faced, this organ reacts by moving a person away from the threat, either fighting or escaping from it. This would explain why some people would flee when faced with danger while some would put up a retaliation.

In other words, anxiety is being experience in order to protect us from danger.

So what is the missing puzzle? If anxiety is being experienced to 'protect', why is anxiety attacks symptoms so scary and undesirable ?

In the event where long exposure of stress had been set through the brain, the brain can be conditioned to a set of extreme level response. The cause of the anxiety attacks symptoms happens when the appropriate response is said to malfunction thus, leading to an anxiety attack.

To break this down even further, in order to understand the root of the anxiety attacks symptoms, we need to understand the 2 kinds of nervous system present in our body:

Sympathetic nervous system - Primes the body for action.

Parasympathetic nervous system - Restores the body to its normal state.

The sympathetic nervous system readies the body to react towards the incoming threat. As mentioned, some would respond by moving away while some would choose to remain and fight. While preparing the body, adrenaline is being released from the adrenal glands. This adrenaline functions as the body's chemical messengers to keep the activity going. However, during an anxiety attack, it does not switch off as easily as it was turned on. When this happens, one would tend to experience what is known as increased or continued anxiety.

However, over a period of time, the parasympathetic nervous system gets called into action once the perceived danger is gone. As the body's primary goal is to keep you alive and well, it is good to know that no matter what happens, the parasympathetic system will eventually take over in order to return our body to its normal relax state.

A good example is that no matter how hard or how long you tried to hold your breath, no matter how strong willed your mentality is, you will never overcome the body's will of trying to keep you alive.

So how does the 2 system tie down to the anxiety attacks symptoms ?

When the body is being primed up for action(Sympathetic), our heartbeat is increased, blood flows throughout the body and ensures that all areas are being well supplied with oxygen. When blood is brought from areas less needed to areas that is urgently needed, numbness or tingling sensation is being felt. It is very common during a anxiety attack to feel tightness in the chest and throat. This is because of the increase in the speed and depth of breathing which happens when the tissues of the body needs to get more oxygen to prepare for action. The feelings produced by this increase in breathing, however, can include breathlessness, hyperventilation, choking or even pains or tightness in the chest.

Importantly, it is noted during an increased of breathing, the blood supply to the head is actually decreased. This causes symptoms like dizziness, blurred vision, confusion and hot flushes.

Other common symptoms associate is muscle aches and the body shaking. This is due to again, the muscle groups tensing up during its preparation for action. Note again, that these happens when there is a 'malfunction' of an appropriate response. This is cause by several mediums like but not limited to long term exposure of stress, trauma, diet etc. These are known mediums that manifest the causes of these anxiety attacks symptoms.

As all of these is unnatural to a person, one would undoubtedly feel fearful about something wrong with the body itself, for example, a heart attack.

However, as always, anxiety attacks cannot do any physical harm to a person. The body seems to have infinite ways of dealing with the most complicated array of functions we take for granted. Eventually, the parasympathetic system will take over to ease the body from the tension set by the sympathetic system, returning the body back to its normal self.

As such, in fact, having anxiety attacks symptoms is not dangerous or life threatening and given the right technique and method, can be cured even without medication.

A good source to learn how to cure anxiety attacks symptoms is a book by Dr Joe Barry. This is By Far, the best non-prescription Self-Help techniques On Curing and Coping With Anxiety Attacks:

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