Anxiety of uncontrollable feeling of fear, dread, or terror that intensify within a matter of  minutes and reach a peak. People having an anxiety attack can feel palpitation, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, etc. Some people say they felt like they were “having a heart attack”. It is what feels like being overwhelmed or “on-edge”. Everyone gets an anxiety attack once in a while. But if you suffer from frequent anxiety attacks triggered by usual things in life, you might have anxiety disorder. Dr. Manoj Kumar from Serene Mind Clinic likes to bring to our notice that more than 30% of the adult population suffer from anxiety disorder at  least once in their life; unfortunately, very few get the treatment that they need and deserve.

What To Do When You Have An Anxiety Attack

The most effective way to manage an episode of anxiety attack is the breathing exercise. First, recognize from the symptoms and past experience that it is an anxiety attack. Close your eyes, place your palms on your stomach, and count to 5 as you breathe in and then count to 5 as you breathe out. Within a minute, you should feel a bit better.

When Should You Seek Medical Attention For Anxiety

Anxiety is a very natural response to stress or threat. When you are in ‘danger’, and your body struggles to choose between fight or flight, it often freezes and that is when you experience anxiety. This feeling naturally diminishes as the trigger is removed. But if you feel your responses to a situation or place are:

  • out of proportion
  • too frequent
  • are getting more and more intense with each attack
  • stopping you from leading your normal life, then it’s time to talk to an expert.