Symptoms of an anxiety attack include increased heart pulse, weakness, dizziness, breathing problems, chest pains, poor control, nausea, tingling, sweating, a feeling of terror, chills and trembling, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. An anxiety attack is usually an abrupt episode of terror that happens without warning. It can occur any time, even while a person is asleep.
Also known as a panic attack, an anxiety attack is usually brief and can last up to 10 minutes, as stated by WebMD. Some symptoms mimic those of other conditions, including breathing problems, thyroid disorders and heart disease. When the episodes occur frequently, a person may be suspected of having a panic disorder.
In some cases, people fear telling their friends or family members about this condition, causing them to suffer alone in silence. They become embarrassed, fearing that people may see them as a hypochondriac, relates the ADAA. They isolate themselves from other people who could help them manage the condition.
Anxiety attacks are fairly common in the U.S, affecting about 6 million people, notes WebMD. Fortunately, this condition is treatable. Doctors may prescribe medications and psychotherapy to help manage the attacks. Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications are the common medications used for treatment. Beta blockers may also be used to control episodes of anxiety attacks.