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Can you have a panic attack and anxiety attack at the same time?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (17144points) October 8th, 2018

I don’t know the difference between the two attacks.

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Patty_Melt's avatar

Pretty much the same thing, except panic is in the moment. Anxiety can come from anticipation of something frightening, or remembering something already in the past, or discomfort with things in the moment.

YARNLADY's avatar

Anxiety is often more controllable and less acute. It can exist alone or lead to a panic attack.

MrGrimm888's avatar

In my experience, there is a correlation. One can cause the other, and vice versa. If there is a difference between a “panic” attack versus a “anxiety” attack, I guess I would agree with Patty’s assessment…

janbb's avatar

In my understanding, a panic attack is a more severe version of an anxiety attack.

MrGrimm888's avatar

^I kind of grade mine. 1–10. Unfortunately, I am almost always at a 1, or 2… 10’s put me in the ER. I’m uncertain if I could easily discern on attack, from another…

Before this thread, I thought the two were the same. However, after more contemplating, I can see a difference in the cause of the attack.

notsoblond's avatar

An anxiety attack, people may feel fearful, apprehensive, may feel their heart racing or feel short of breath, but it’s very short lived, and when the stressor goes away, so does the anxiety attack.

Panic attack on the other hand doesn’t come in reaction to a stressor. It’s unprovoked and unpredictable. And during a panic attack the individual is seized with terror, fear, or apprehension. They may feel that they’re going to die, or lose control or have a heart attack. They have a host of physical symptoms which may include chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea. And in addition to these terrifying panic attacks, people start worrying about having the next one. So there’s a lot of what’s called anticipatory anxiety.

rebbel's avatar

Very to the point, @notsoblond.
Spot on.

LadyMarissa's avatar

You might want to read this article. It might help you distinguish between the two!!! For me, mine often starts as an Anxiety Attack & then flows into a Panic Attack which can turn into a full fledged Panic Attack. While in the middle of it, I can’t distinguish between them & where the change occurs. It’s only thinking back that I can remember the sequence of events.

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