The Important Difference Between An Anxiety Attack And Panic Attack
Knowing the difference can help you understand your feelings.
This article discusses anxiety disorders and may be triggering for some readers - If you or someone you know needs assistance with anxiety, please call Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636or Lifeline on 13 11 14.
If you’re feeling an incessant panging in your chest, irritability, and a chronic sense of distress, you may be experiencing an anxiety attack, which is different to a panic attack.
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Both situations are potentially debilitating and overwhelming, which is why it’s helpful to have tools to identify what you’re experiencing.
It’s starkly obvious that anxiety is on the rise and according to Beyond Blue “69 per cent of children and young people (aged 4 to 17 years) had suffered from an anxiety disorder in the past 12 months.”
We doubt anyone would be surprised to find out that this number is much higher as we wait out a global pandemic.
It doesn’t matter if you’re currently in lockdown, completing quarantine, separated from loved ones, unemployed or struggling to grapple with the news cycle; all of us are going through something bigger than we expected to experience in our lifetime.
This isn’t okay, but we endure.
Although, it isn’t all bleak, as we’re lucky to live during times when mental health is understood better. We can educate ourselves to encourage better practices to help soothe our experiences.
Having a generalised anxiety disorder is something many people may navigate throughout their life. While panic attacks are synonymous with the condition, every experience of stress and fear isn't necessarily a panic attack - what you may be experiencing is heightened anxiety.
For clarity that will help you feel a sense of agency over your mental health, here is the difference between a panic attack and an anxiety disorder.