The symptoms of an anxiety attack are caused from one central source, namely the nervous system. So, you would think everyone would have the same symptoms when they were in an anxious state. However, this is not the case. Although most people exhibit similar symptoms, no two individuals are alike and so the symptoms that show up during anxiety often vary from person to person.
Bear in mind anxiety is an overdose of nervousness, but still, it is basically a nerve based occurrence. So it logically follows an anxiety attack will have the underpinnings of a bad case of nerves. In other words, anxiety causes the heart to race faster than normal; sometimes much faster. In some cases, the fast beating heart reaches the level of palpitations or what is medically referred to as tachycardia.
What’s wrong with My Heart?
With an attack of tachycardia the heart may race at 200 beats per minute. If this is something you suffer from, get it checked out by a medical professional. However, many times, especially during an anxiety attack, tachycardia is a symptom of anxiety or just plain nerves and not the heart.
Still, it is a common symptom, or at least one phenomenon of anxiety attacks that they make the sufferer believe he or she is having a heart attack, stroke or both. This is one of the reasons why it is so wise to see a doctor about these things. A doctor can check you out and assure you your heart is in good shape. This knowledge is helpful in overcoming anxiety disorder because you will have one less thing to be anxious about.
One of the very scary things about anxiety is it often makes the pupils dilate. Because of this everything looks different when in a state of anxiety. Everything seems to look hazy. Sometimes things close up look far away. Some people say inanimate objects appear to float or even move!
When something like this happens it will bring about a higher level of anxiety when you don’t know why it is happening. On the other hand, it is helpful to know these vision tricks happen to many, many people when they are experiencing panic.
Remember, whatever symptoms you experience when you are anxious, it a result of adrenaline flowing in the bloodstream. Adrenaline can cause some very strange physical symptoms. When we become afraid of these sensations, more adrenaline will flow. If this pattern continues for very long, an all out panic attack will ensue. So, remember to go with the flow. Don’t add at more anxiety to your anxiety and the episode will soon pass.