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Anxiety attatcks vs anxiety vs panic PLEASE HELP ME UNDERSTAND


I know these things all go hand-in-hand.  I'm just not sure how to treat my panic.  I used to have anxiety attacks...aweful aweful.  Today, my anxiety has returned, no attacks, but a few episodes of panic.  They go away but make me hyperventilate.  That isn't fun because I have asthma.  

Anyways, has anyone felt the difference between an anxiety attack and a panic attack?  Are they treated the same?
Man this is confusing.  I'm in college and a few times I've had my panic attacks.  No one knows what's going on, I just go to the bathroom and know they will subside.  I just want to take care of the problem incase it gets worse.

Thanks for your help!!!
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447939 tn?1235065543
everyone will have different opinions on this mine is.....to me panic is short lived like lasts for maybe half an  hour where as anxiety lasts for days, thats what happens to me anyway, i live with anxiety daily, worrying about my heart etc but if i have a panic attack its only short lived?? like if you go to the bathroom the panic subsides where as my anxiety is much harder to get rid off, sorry if i haven bin much help its hard to explain
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No, thank you.  Like you said, it's hard to explain.

I have anxiety every too.  (ususally)
If I have a panic attack, it only lasts a few minutes and subsides within about a half hour
My anxiety attacks were aweful and lasted about an hour.  I just didn't know if treating anxiety attacks and panic attacks were the same.  This all suck really.  LOL

Thanks for your input.  
165308 tn?1323190145
Anxiety attacks and panic attacks are interchangeable.  They mean the same.  When you feel constantly on edge, can't seem to get comfortable and it feels like your heart is always pounding that is anxiety.....It truly $ucks!
447939 tn?1235065543
yeah i would say the treatment is the same although i believe anxiety needs therapy as its more long term,,,it is hard and i hate both the panics and anxiety. i dont seem to have the panics as much now health anxiety has taken over which worries me everyday but i dont get the panic feelin just worry omg it is so hard to explain lol
165308 tn?1323190145
This whole entire disorder is hard to explain!!!  You don't know it unless you live it!
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Thanks you guys.  And you are exactly right...you don't know unless you live it.

I would never wish it upon anyone.  It truelly stinks. Anyways, we are all strong individuals.  There are times that it goes away.  I'm thankful for that.  I have noticed that eating better foods and exercise really does help.  

Because I write in my journal, I am able to look back and see the things that I did while my anxiety was under control.  A common theme was definetely exercise.  I go in spurts, but it seems that after running a few times a week, my anxiety was not bothering me as much.  This is just an observation.  I'm sure there's some truth to it.

Eating healthy also helps relieve anxiety.  I am an unhealthy eater.  I love potatoe chips, pastas, and anything bad for you.  I am thinner so I never really have to worry about weight.  BUT, I'm a recovering bulimic, so food has a lot to do with my anxiety/guilt.  While I eat, I feel a sense of happiness and my anxiety doesn't bother me.  It was the wrong form of therapy because I tried to compensate for binging by purging.  I'm ok now, but just know that it helps me to eat healthier.

Does anyone have anything that they noticed they did while there anxiety was at bay (for a few days to a few weeks)?
480448 tn?1426952138
First of all...LOVE your screen name.  It just goes to show that you have the right attitude.  :0)

Dealing with anxiety and panic is difficult, but the good news is that there ARE many options out there...something different works for different people.

You have multiple issues that are most definitely affecting one another.  Have you ever received help/therapy for your eating disorder?  If not...that would be a great place to start.  No doubt, the panic and your guilt feelings are feeding off each other (ha, no pun intended!).  Anxious people are VERY VERY hard on themselves.  I would bet you are no different, right?

The FIRST thing you can do if you haven't already...is get a referral to a psychiatrist.  They are sincerely the best choice in treating anxiety disorders...they can manage your treatment as a whole...from meds, if you choose to go that route, to therapy, which undoubtedly you would benefit from.  They can monitor your progress with both, and recommend the best course of action in addressing the anxiety.

A forum like this is a Godsend....you can help others by sharing your experiences, while gaining insight into how others deal with panic/anxiety.  It definitely makes you feel less "alone" in this battle.

Lastly...while you go down this road to tackling anxiety...be kind to yourself.  (This applies to all of us).  We are SO hard on ourselves, truly our own worst enemies most of the time.  We kick ourselves for weeks if we were unable to meet a goal we set for ourselves...and when we DO perservere and meet a goal...we say..."Well, I wish I could have done more."  We'll go out to the store without having a panic attack, yet be upset that we didn't stay longer, or add another stop to the route.  That kind of stuff, and it is ridiculous.  EVERY accomplishment is something to celebrate, no matter how "small" you perceive it to be.

It takes quite a long time and a lot of work to "un-do" the way we are.  But, it can and will happen.  Patience is a virtue....knowing your limits....and patting yourself on the back when it matters is vital.

Keep us informed, okay?  Best of luck!
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