Vertava Health Offers Advice on How to Handle an Anxiety Attack

Nashville, Tenn. — Vertava Health, a leading national behavioral healthcare system for mental health and substance use conditions, recently published a new blog post on anxiety titled "When Anxiety Attacks: The Signs and Symptoms of an Anxiety Attack."

"If you’re one of the 18.1% of people in the United States who suffer from an anxiety disorder, you may be familiar with the intense experience of an anxiety attack," a Vertava Health spokesperson said. "Each second that passes during one of these episodes can feel like minutes or hours as your chest tightens up, breathing becomes difficult, and you’re overcome with intense and irrational fear. Many people have described anxiety attacks as feeling like they’re drowning on dry land. These episodes are horrifying to have to deal with, and it is always good to be prepared to fight against them."

The Vertava Health post explains it is completely normal to feel anxious in response to certain life situations and experiences. Anxiety attacks, however, go beyond the typical anxious responses expected from daily life and can lead to feelings of helplessness and other intense negative emotions. Anxiety attacks can have both physical and psychological symptoms.

Physical symptoms can include a rapid heart rate and chest pain; a choking sensation and shortness of breath; trembling or shaking; fatigue and dizziness; and upset stomach, diarrhea, and other intestinal issues. People may also experience restlessness, insomnia, and difficulty sleeping; muscle aches, tension, and pain; and tingling or numbness in the hands or feet. Some of the possible psychological symptoms may include intense feelings of panic, irrational fear, distress, and worry; a feeling of losing control; irritability; being easily frightened or on edge, and difficulty concentrating.

The post says when a person is familiar with the symptoms of anxiety attacks, they can be more prepared to deal with them. Practicing breathing techniques can be of great help. The post suggests focusing on slowing down your breathing. When an anxiety attack occurs, many people don’t pay attention to their breathing, and it becomes rapid and shallow. When a person is not breathing properly, it affects the level of oxygen in the brain, which can lead to even more feelings of anxiety and panic. When you take the time to make your breaths slow and deep, it increases the blood flow to your brain and may help you regain control of your body and emotions.

It can also be useful to identify and address negative thoughts. One way to do this is to keep a journal of all thoughts. Making notes in this manner allows people to examine which thoughts are rational and which are not, which can be a great way to start addressing them. As the post explains, sometimes we may get stuck viewing different negative or distressing situations similarly and then reaching conclusions without examining the evidence for those conclusions. These conclusions are often referred to as negative automatic thoughts. By learning how to identify and then replace these negative thoughts with realistic and positive ones, you can learn to better control your reactions and responses.

Those who are having difficulty dealing with anxiety attacks should consider seeking professional help. Therapy with trained and compassionate mental health professionals can support the person's recovery and teach them strategies that will help them overcome their anxiety. This is especially true if their anxiety stems from instances of trauma. In fact, by facing their triggers directly, people dealing with anxiety attacks can prevent their issues from continuing to have control over them.

Vertava Health provides evidence-based and comprehensive care for all people who are struggling with mental health and substance use disorders. To learn more about Vertava Health and its wide-ranging services, visit their website or reach out via phone or email.


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Vertava Health
205 Reidhurst Ave
Nashville, TN 37203