An anxiety attack is also referred to as a “panic attack” and can be brought on by real or imagined fear, often described as excessive fear. An anxiety attack, can be characterized as having the following:
- uncontrollable crying
- shortness of breath
- a rapid heartbeat
- an overall out of control feeling of dread.
Unfortunately, it is said that these attacks are more common in women than in men. It is also important to note that these attacks are more often than not, usually related to some psychological factor. For example, psychological factors that can instigate a panic or anxiety attack includes:
- work-related stress
- family related stress
- too much changes in your life all at once
- anything that can make you feel overwhelmed is liable to trigger an attack.
In addition to psychological factors, other factors that can bring on an attack include the following:
- stimulants such as coffee and sugar
- any foods that you are allergic to
- chemical food additives such as MSG, aspartame and even salt
OK, so what can we do about panic attacks in order to avoid them in the future, or at least alleviate their severity?
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