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Re: Panic Attack v.s Anxiety Attack

Posted by Elizabeth on August 19, 1999, at 15:19:46

In reply to Re: Panic Attack v.s Anxiety Attack, posted by Carolyn on August 18, 1999, at 21:19:38

>For me the difference is that a Panic attack will come on very suddenly and you know that problably the situation you are in is what is causing the Panic attack - but the attack lasts o few minutes to several minutes. Once the attack is over all sympton disappear. Anxiety at least to me is worse because the symptoms do not leave, but linger for days or weeks until treatment is sought.

I agree in general, but note that people who are considered to have panic disorder (especially panic disorder without agoraphobia) have mainly "non-spontaneous" or "unexpected" panic attacks which aren't triggered by any particular situation.

I hate to see people trying to come up with rationalizations for why they might be having panic attacks - that sort of thinking tends to lead to avoidance behavior, which doesn't help anything!




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